If you are looking to live on the coast with Blue Flag beaches; in a cosmopolitan yet authentic Spanish town; away from the bustle of the city while still experiencing a thriving lifestyle, even in winter – then the answer is YES, Dénia is the perfect place to live!
There are many reasons why Dénia is so popular for both Spanish and expats alike. Sun, sea, food, beaches, nature, golf, quality of life, community, location, affordability, accessibility – all these factors and more combine to make Dénia the perfect place to live.
Unlike a lot of beach towns in Spain, Dénia can genuinely be described as ‘authentically Spanish’. The town welcomes tourists and expats yet definitely retains it’s ‘Spanishness’. In fact Dénia is renowned among many Spanish for its food, who come to visit Dénia specifically to sample the local dishes.
The town is an ideal size – not too big and not too small – and is very cosmopolitan with many expats from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany living there, along side the Spanish locals. (Local bars, restaurants, shops and other facilities are used to dealing with English speakers.)
Dénia lies pretty much equidistant from Alicante and Valencia City – both with international airports, easily accessible via the AP7 motorway.
Dénia is also home to the Baleria Ferry company and you can get ferry rides across the water to Ibiza and the Balearic Islands.
Dénia stays open and thrives throughout the year – unlike other nearby towns along the coast that become very noticeably quiet – some would say dead quiet! It’s actually been named as the Spanish town with the highest number of local fiestas. The “buzz” around the town is something that’s here all year round, which as mentioned is hard to find elsewhere.
Some businesses do of course close in the winter, but it’s usually only for a few weeks. Regardless, there’s always something going on such as live music in restaurants, international groups activities, as well as language classes. Dénia is also surround by some magnificent landscape and hikes which can be enjoyed even more so in the cooler winter months. Not to mention the marina for all you sailors and the numerous golf courses for the budding and pro golfers!
From our research, expats have said that living in Denia during the winter lets them really feel like a local. Like the town is theirs with a very local and homely feel, especially after the flow of summer tourists have left.
As has already been mentioned, Dénia is renowned for its food and with good reason – Dénia is actually designated by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy. When it comes to food, Dénia has a rich heritage – there are so many restaurants here, the 3-starred Michelin ‘Quique Dacosta’ for example, that you may never get time to eat in them all!
If you fancy yourself as a a bit of a chef and can give the local cuisine a run for its money, then fresh produce and seafood can be purchased from the weekly Mercado Central market.
If you are feeling homesick and are longing for some fish and chips or the like, don’t fret, there are some restaurants serving more ‘traditional’ expat food. Also there are international supermarkets located in nearby Javea and Moraira, stocking British and Irish products.
If you like warm summers and mild winters, 20 kms of sandy Blue Flag beaches and rocky coves to choose from, welcoming and friendly locals, as well as a vibrant international community, outdoor activities, golfing, sailing and fantastic food? – Then rest assured that Dénia is perfect for you! The only way to be certain is to come and see for yourself.
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