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Alicante's Northern Denia Region Attracts Tourism Dollars

Alicante's Northern Denia Region Attracts Tourism Dollars


Alicante's Northern Denia Region Attracts Tourism Dollars

by Kurt Schefken

Denia, Spain has been a town of ups and downs for most of its history. The most famous part of Denia is the ruins of a fortress that was initially constructed by the Moors and then reconstructed and occupied by the French in the early 1800s. The economy suffered terribly with the expulsion of the Moors, and then rebounded when Denia was a successful raisin exporter. This market too went bust, but Denia has now successfully focused most of its attention on the tourism industry.

The small town of Denia is part of the wildly successful tourism region created by the BEA, British European Airways, as a way of promoting their new flights from London to Valencia. The 200 kilometer, or almost 125 mile, stretch of beautiful white beaches, stretch across the southeastern beaches on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The Costa Blanca begins in Denia and runs to the town of Torrevieja.

The Limon Express runs from Alicante to Denia, bringing travelers through the scenic mountains of the area by rail. There is also a well traveled ferry from Denia to Ibiza, and other Balearic Islands as well as the popular resort town of Xabia.

Festivals are very popular in Spain, and Denia has their own fair share. The Bonfire Festival is a very well loved event that happens in Denia every March, when large paper mache statues that have been placed throughout the town are set ablaze. The Bous a la Mar, Bulls at the Sea occurs the first 15 days in July. During this festival, bulls run through the city's main street of Marques de Campo into the Mediterranean Sea. This festival was created to honor the city's patron saint, Santisima Sangre.

Denia is a modern city, equipped to deal with thousands of tourists, but it has been able to maintain its old world flavor. There are many fabulous old neighborhood, including the Baix la Mar, and Les Roques. The fisherman's neighborhood of Cross Square and the Cervantes Promenade both offer many restaurants and places to get a drink or snack. Tapas, small bites of seafood or ham, along with omelets and Spanish wines and beers are readily available in these areas. You can also find food representative of local neighbors Torrevieja, Altea, Murcia and Calpe.

The beaches of Denia are very beautiful and much more private than many of the surrounding areas along the Costa Blanca like Benidorm and Torrevieja. In the southern beaches of Denia is the rocky coastal area called Les Rotes. To the north are Els Palmars and Las Marinas beaches. The waters are not very deep and therefore very inviting to the families that visit the area.

About the Author:
Kurt Schefken is writing almost entirely for http://www.alicante-spain.com , an online site with information about denia ferries and denia spain. His comments on denia can be found on his website .

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