When choosing a Costa Blanca holiday most people opt for a resort with wide sandy beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants, and good hotels, villas and apartments. Another very popular option is a golfing holiday and the Costa Blanca has many such courses to choose from, but what about if you want both types of holiday?
Denia in the northern part of the Costa Blanca is able to offer both types of holiday. Denia itself is built on the coast at the foot of the Montgo Mountain. The lower slopes of the Montgo, or elephant mountain, are lined with self-catering holiday villas with impressive views over Denia and out to sea. Many of these are available to rent and make an excellent base for a beach or golfing holiday.
The 18 hole La Sella golf course is the closest course to Denia. The course itself is set in the grounds of the five star Denia Marriott Hotel. If you want to try out different courses then the Olive Nova golf course is a little further up the coast towards Valencia (a city that is worth visiting in itself). The course was designed by the international golfer Seve Ballesteros and provides a challenge for golfers of all standards. There is also the Javea Golf Club, Ifach Golf Course near Calpe, and the Club de Golf Don Cayo near Altea, all within an hour’s drive of Denia.
When you want a rest from the golf courses, you can enjoy the Spanish sun on Denia’s 20km of beach. With this amount of sand overcrowding is not something that you will need to worry about, and you are always within easy reach of a beach bar or restaurant catering to all budgets. You can choose between rocky coves or long wide stretches of sand. With all this choice, it is like sunbathing on a different beach everyday.
Many of the car rentals companies have offices in Denia, so if you did not rent a car at the airport you can still pick one up locally to explore the local countryside or visit one of the golf courses.
For holidaymakers who would rather not drive themselves, Denia is ideally placed for public transport. Denia Port has a number of ferries and boat trips to take you to other Costa Blanca holiday resorts such as Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and Javea. Larger ferries can take you to the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
While on the subject of transport, getting to and from Alicante is very easy from Denia. Just over the road from the Port is the Railway Station. Trains regular run from Denia to Alicante, and you can use the trains to visit other towns in the area such as Calpe, Altea and Benidorm.
Shopaholics will love Denia. The main shopping street and all its side streets can take a whole day to explore with their department stores, boutiques and pavement cafes. For an even bigger choice, you can take the train to Alicante, but it is best to go early to have enough time to explore the city.
No matter where you are in Denia you cannot ignore the Castle with has protected the town since the 11th century. Inside are a number of museums, the Church of the Assumption, and views over the sea and the surrounding area.
If your family cannot agree of what type of Spanish holiday you want between golf, beach, shopping, culture, then try Denia. It has all these things in abundance to keep you whole family or group happy during your Costa Blanca holiday.