Denia Tourist Attractions
The seaside resort of Denia, set amid orange-groves on the Mediterranean coast, has a history going back to Greek and Roman times. It was known to the Greeks in the eighth century B.C. as Hemeroskopeion and to the Romans as Dianium. In the Moorish period, between 715 and 1253, it was a flourishing port which at one time was in control of Majorca. Its main sources of revenue are now tourism and fishing. There is a regular ferry service to San Antonio Abad on Ibiza.
Denia lies at the foot of a hill crowned by a castle, which now houses an archeological museum. From the top of the hill there are extensive views of the Gulf of Valencia. At the foot of the hill is an open-air theater.
The Baroque church of Santa María (1734) in Denia is faced with tiles.
Denia's two beaches, the flat Playa de las Marinas and the rocky Playa de las Rotas (diving grounds), have been awarded the blue Europa flag for particularly well kept beaches.
There is a rewarding climb to the summit of Montgó, with the remains of the Casa de Biot, an Iberian settlement of theeighth century B.C. From the top of the hill there are magnificent views of the coast and the sea. The ascent takes about four hours.
Cabo de San Antonio
Cabo de la Nao
4km/2.5mi south of Jávea is the Cabo de la Nao, the most easterly point in the Cordillera Bética (Andalusian Mountains). Around the cape are beautiful beaches. From the tip of the promontory there is a view to the south of the rocky mass of the Peñón de Ifach (383m/1,257ft) rearing out of the sea off the Punta de Ifach.