Golden sandy beaches next to the shimmering turquoise Mediterranean act as a magnet for many holidaymakers in Denia. The beautiful resort in the north Costa Blanca area boasts 15 kilometres of coastline.
Families love the large beaches with children’s play area along Las Marinas while divers and snorkellers enjoy exploring along the little coves at Las Rotas. When the breeze gets up in the afternoons, surfers and kite surfers take to the waters to test their skills while riding the waves.
Denia is also a great place to go dolphin or humpback whale spotting as it is the coastal town in the Valencia region with the highest number of sightings.
The best place to look for these beautiful marine creatures is by the Cabo de San Antonio marine reserve.
Las Marinas beach, Denia
Whether you’re looking for safe beach to paddle with your toddlers and build sandcastles, exploring what lies within the crystal-clear waters or relaxing in a quiet bay, Denia has a beach to suit you.
You can look for crabs, lobsters and fish within the rocky coves in the Las Rotas district. Between the Helios bar and Marineta Cassiana is a rocky path out to sea where you will see fishermen throwing out their lines for fresh fish or wading in the waters to look for octopus and squid.
Las Rotas enjoys stunning scenery and is one of the prettiest parts of Denia. It has a few great seafood and paella restaurants where you can enjoy a meal on the terrace by the sea. It’s popular with walkers and dog walkers as well as people looking for a secluded, sheltered bay for sunbathing or snorkelling.
La Cala beach, Denia
La Cala is a pretty little bay at the foot of the beautiful Cabo de San Antonio headland separating Denia and Javea. It’s a quiet beach formed of rocks and gravel which is popular for snorkelling in the turquoise waters where you can see a posidonia underwater meadow.
Cala El Trampoli
Trampoli beach, Denia, Alicante
Also in Las Rotas is the scenic el Trampoli rocky beach which is perfect for diving and snorkelling. It’s another rocky beach with a popular seafood restaurant Pegoli and Helios bar within easy walking distance.
The wealth of marine life on the sea floor is a delight for snorkellers here. Because of its importance, it is a protected area with just 15 licences for diving issued each day from the tourism office.
El Pegoli restaurant, Las Rotas, Denia
La Marineta Cassiana
Heading towards Denia town centre, next to the marina filled with sleek boats and chic restaurants, is the very popular Marineta Cassiana beach.
View from Marineta Cassiana to the marina, Denia
It’s a small sandy beach which can get crowded in summer. It’s perfect for swimming in the calm waters or for practising water sports.
While bathing you can see the yachts leaving the marina or watch canoeists or surfers playing in the water. There’s a beach bar in the summer or there are several bars and restaurants across the road.
Yachts in Denia marina
It’s a safe Blue Flag beach with foot showers and disabled access. In summer, there are toilets, sunbeds with umbrellas and a lifeguard.
If Marineta Cassiana is too busy, there is another little beach just along the promenade heading towards Las Rotas. It’s not as clean but it’s fine for sunbathing or swimming.
Golden sandy beach at Las Marinas, Denia
Long, golden, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see have made this part of Denia a firm favourite with families. Children have plenty of space for building sandcastles or burying Dad in the sand while the shallow water makes it safe for paddling or swimming too.
Heading north from Denia marina and Port you will come across the Las Marinas area, which is the more touristy part of town. There’s a children’s play area, keep-fit equipment on the beach as well as summer beach bars.
Along the road opposite are dozens of bars and restaurants where you can cool off for a late lunch of paella, pizza or locally-caught fish.
The beaches along the Las Marinas stretch have Blue Flags, lifeguards in the summer and foot showers too.
Fishing at Las Marinas beach, Denia
Top favourite for families with children, Les Bovetes beach in the Las Marinas area of Denia has gorgeous fine, golden sand perfect for playing. It’s close to the town centre so you can combine a trip to the beach with a visit to the 11th century Denia castle or shopping.
The Blue Flag beach also attracts surfers and kitesurfers, which add a splash of colour between the deep blue skies and sea.
The beach has sunbeds and foot showers.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars on the main road behind the beach.
If Les Bovetes is too busy, Els Molins is a few metres north. Another Blue Flag beach with golden sands and disabled access. Surfers head for the beaches along this stretch of Las Marinas in the afternoons when (or if) the wind gets up.
Small boats can also gain access to the sea from Calle Mar Canibrica, Calle Llac san Marti and Calle Llac Tana.
Las Marinas beach, Denia
Windsurfers also enjoy catching the warm afternoon breeze at l’Almadrava in Els Poblets. Another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters and beautiful coastal views have attracted sunbathers for many summers.
It’s an ideal spot for water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing or fishing.
Gym equipment by the beach at Denia
At the far northern stretch of Denia is the beautiful Les Deveses beach stretching for more than 4 kilometres
In the summer, the warm southerly winds attract dozens of windsurfers so you can enjoy watching their acrobatics – or join in the fun.
Divers can also enjoy spotting different schools of fish or seeing the Posidonia nature reserve.
You will not find it difficult to find somewhere to eat in Denia as the town has more than 300 restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful tapas bars to the swanky Quique Dacosta restaurant with three Michelin stars.
If you’re heading for the Las Marinas beaches, the main Ctra Les Marines running alongside the beach is lined with restaurants specialising in a wide range of dishes including paellas, seafood, Italian, Chinese, German, Dutch or Indian.
Many restaurants have set-price lunchtime menus called ‘menu del dia’ which are great value for money.
The best places to try fresh seafood or paella dishes with a sea view are in the impressive restaurants in Las Rotas and Denia marina.
Denibus runs buses from Las Rotas in the south to the town centre and along Las Marinas. The Denia town centre to Las Marinas buses are not too frequent in winter but from June to September there are buses about every 20 minutes from 7am until 11.30pm.
The Las Rotas bus runs every hour all the year but only until about 9pm. Otherwise you will need a car or have to rely on taxis.
There is parking on streets near to the beaches but they get busy in the summer. There is a large car park by the port where the ferries run to the Balearic islands, and you can walk to the nearest Las Marinas beach from there.