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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Guided tours through ancient Dénia

Dénia seen from the seaIt is the coastline that attracts most visitors to Dénia; 20 kilometres of rocky outcrops and hidden coves, beautiful sandy beaches and the bright blue sea. Many visitors frequent this scenic coastline or venture up to the Montgó Natural Park and admire the dramatic views from the summit, but few appreciate the fascinating history of Dénia, or take the time to explore it.

Located more or less halfway between Alicante and Valencia on the Costa Blanca, Dénia’s importance throughout the formation of Europe has been far greater than many realise. Through the ages it was colonised by the Greeks, became a Roman naval base, then the seat of the Bishop of Toledo and later even the capital of the Arabic kingdom of Taifa. When the Spanish royals finally reclaimed it Dénia became a strategic trading port handling commodities from all over the world.

To help today’s visitors really understand a seaside town that is as historically important as it is pretty, the local tourist office conducts a selection of guided tours, both during the day and at night, narrated in English and Spanish (French and German are also available on certain dates). The Walk Through Ancient Dénia or ‘Dénia Milenaria’ tours take in the different traditional and bohemian neighbourhoods that make up this fascinating town and specifically visit:

  • The old train station
  • The toy museum
  • País Valencià roundabout
  • Plaça de la Constitución
  • Cavallers Street
  • Augustines convent

Dénia Guided TourThe 90-minute walks end at the castle, which was originally built by the Moors before being rebuilt by French troops during the early 1800s. Tickets are €6 for adults and €3 for children aged between 8 and 16 years old (children under eight go free).

The walks leave from the tourist office on Calle Dr. Manuel Lattur at 5pm and run from September through to December. To find out more about these and other guided walks, as well as a variety of other attractions and visits in the Dénia area, visit www.denia.net.

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