Cycling the perfect sport in the Marina Alta and on the Costa Blanca
Many cyclists come to train and tour the mountains of La Marina Alta. These are perfect for tours of any level of difficulty. Cycling on the Costa Blanca has become very popular in recent years. The mountain passes of the Marina Alta are perfect for high-level training for professional cyclists. One of the stages of the tour of Spain “La Vuelta de España” from time to time takes place on the Costa Blanca. One stage comes to Oliva and next day the race will start from Denia towards the mountains on the Costa Blanca interior site.
Cycling events are back soon on the Costa Blanca
We can no longer wait for the next tour “La Volta ciclista La Marina” that returns on January 8 in its 37th edition. In the historic competition, it began its journey in 1985 and since 1988 it has continued to be held without interruption until 2023. The “Volta a La Marina” has established itself as a reference test among popular cyclists in the Valencian Community.
This year the tour begins in the Marina Alta on January 8 and ends on March 26 and will cover several municipalities. All people are very excited about this sport event.
Advantages for cyclists in the Marina Alta, Denia and Javea area
Cycling lovers enjoy that race. The Marina Alta area offers many advantages and facilities for lovers of this sport. They even offer suitable accommodations and good gastronomy for athletes.
In Denia we have the Cyclist Café located on the Las Marinas road where you can find clothes, rest and also a post-ride massage which is an essential part of the routine for professional cyclists: it helps so the tired muscles and relaxes sore limbs. So that you feel well again the next day.
At Café Ciclista they have their own masseuse, who offers deep tissue massages and relaxing leg and back massages to help you unwind.
Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy a good cycling race in addition to the ideal climate of our Marina Alta and throughout the Costa Blanca. You might also be interested in this article: Explora vía verde Denia
We love Christmas the cozy time of the year. With its delicious meals, the family gatherings and the traditions. Our climate and many rituals on the Costa Blanca area make us enjoy those dates. Christmas and kings in Denia can be really be fun for everybody. All the streets are illuminated with lights as well as our houses, villas and buildings. A lot of Christmas trees on our balconies together with the nativity scenes that we put next to the Christmas tree. The same you see with churches, schools, town halls and squares. They are decorated with the typical “birth” of the baby Jesus that can be visited. Many cities and towns are filled with Christmas markets where many families enjoy sweets, decorations and workshops. The children enjoy this a lot, knowing that the gifts will arrive soon.
The three kings
Speaking of gifts, our children are doubly happy. Because they receive their long-awaited gifts on December 24 at night or on December 25 in the morning, brought by Santa Claus. But also by the Three Wise Men, famous three kings who arrive on the night of January 5. Just after the famous parade that they do through the streets of our cities. This three kings come with horses, camels or in huge illuminated floats throwing sweets to the children. They are waiting impaciantly for them, ready with their bags to pick the sweets up. But in Denia before the parade, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltazar arrive with a boat from the Far East loaded with their gifts.
For Three Kings Day, let’s not forget our roscón de reyes made with candied fruit, with cream, without cream, but above all, knowing in which piece the figure of a Wizard King will fall, with whom you will take the crown or otherwise the broad bean, and you will have to pay for the roscón.
The Christmas Lottery
Before those exciting days we have the famous day of the Christmas Lottery that the children of the famous San Ildefonso school in Madrid “sing”, followed by millions of Spaniards dreaming that they will win a prize. Also for January 6 there is the lottery of the Child and continue with hope.
New years eve in Denia and Javea
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many families gather for lunch or dinner with grilled meats or our famous “puchero” with meat balls, not forgetting our famous prawns as an appetizer. All to enjoy with our famous wines and our Moscatel along with our excellent nougats. On New Year’s Eve, friends gather in houses or restaurants to eat the 12 grapes after dinner with each stroke of 00:00 on December 31 in the town halls. Even in the church squares wishing an unbeatable New Year. All those emotions with a very mild climate for those dates that we like a lot, make it worth to pass your Christmas days in Denia.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023 with Quality Rent
Would you like to spend a funny day at the theme parks in Benidorm with your family or friends during your holiday? Then you are right here. You will find the nearest amusement parks close to Denia and Javea, just 25 minutes away by car. The most important amusement parks, whether water parks or theme parks, can be found in Benidorm.
At Aqualandia you will find many different slides, swimming pools, etc where you can spend an unforgettable day with a wonderful view of Benidorm. It is the first water park built in Spain. They constantly renew the attractions.
Mundomar offers various shows and experiences such as swimming with sea lions or dolphins. There are different species of mammals, birds and reptiles that you can take photos with.
Terra Mitica is the theme and amusement park that takes you straight into history, to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. You can visit Egypt, Greece, Iberia, the Islands and Rome in a single day. Terra Mítica offers many shows and attractions that will amaze you and get your adrenaline pumping.
Aquanatura, the newest 28,000 square meter water park designed for the whole family. It allows parents to rest and relax while children play and have fun in the water. You can see sea lions and take photos with them to make your day unforgettable.
At Terranatura you can observe more than 1,500 animals from 200 different species and more than 2,500 specimens from 160 plant species. Besides animals, Terra Natura offers adventure activities and shows that make it an ideal destination families with children.
The market in Denia, i.e. the weekly market, takes place every Friday morning. At the market in Denia you will find local products such as fresh vegetables and fruits. The smell of the fresh vegetables and fruit awakens the desire to cook and enjoy. There are seasonal specialties for every season. Especially in winter, the tangerines and oranges stand out. Many people take advantage of this to then prepare freshly squeezed orange juice at home. In spring, already from the end of February, we find strawberries. During the summer there are melons, cherries and tomatoes of all kinds. And in the months of autumn a variety of mushrooms and olives is offered. So all year round you can smell, taste and buy the seasonal, fresh goods from the region.
The weekly market is located at Calle La via, directly above the large multi-storey car park in the center of Denia. The market hall “Mercado Central” is also very close by and is definitely worth a visit. The streets of Denia always fill up with many visitors and some tourists on Fridays. After breakfast in the city centre, they are still looking for fresh food from the market. Shop like the Spaniards! So it’s definitely worth stopping by there. Not only to buy fresh products, but also to get to know the atmosphere and everyday life of the local people. A chat between the stalls is part of the lifestyle. You exchange ideas. And they tell each other the news of the week.
All sorts of souvenirs at the Rastro market in Denia
The second weekly market takes place on Mondays. All kinds of souvenirs, basketwork, jewellery, clothing, kitchen utensils, textiles, shoes and much more are offered. There you can find a lot of curiosities. Everything is available, from traditional flamenco-style dresses to frying pans. The showmen come from all over Alicante and show their wares in a different market every day. Every village and town in the area has its “market day” and you will find the same goods and exhibitors there. Feel free to ask us when a market is taking place near your holiday accommodation. The Rastro market in Denia always takes place in front of the large courthouse on the Plaza de Paris. There is also plenty of parking there.
You spend the whole year planning a well-deserved break and looking for fun in Denia and Javea. When you go on vacation it is to rest, sunbathe, eat well, go to the beach, swim in the pool, walk, enjoy friends and family. The perfect holiday!
But do you want to spend a funny day? Today you don’t want to go to the beach and you want to do something new or different? Do you want your children to have fun?
With Quality Rent you will have a great time. We have many plans for you all to enjoy together. You can spend a good time in Denia and Javea right between Valencia and Alicante. The Valencian Community offers many options for a funny holiday.
Parks for the whole family
There are theme parks where the whole family will have fun. Water parks, with their different slides for all ages. Natural landscapes, with waterfalls, castles and unforgettable landscapes. Ride a horse. See animal parks as if they were in their natural habitat. For the older ones there are excursions on jet skis, kayaks, quads and spending a different time in the middle of nature in our Valencian Community. Your little ones will also be able to see Dinosaurs… yes, you read that right; Ask us and you will be surprised.
We cannot forget our pets. There is an exclusive water park for them, where they will have a great time and make many friends.
We even have the only and last remaining drive-in cinema in Spain dating from 1979. With a billboard of the latest premiere films that changes every week. You can watch 2 movies in a row and eat delicious sandwiches. We recommend the tortilla with cheese and bacon. But there are much more varieties and also hamburgers with their fries.
Many different alternatives to spend an unforgettable vacation, where the whole family or friends will have a great time. Have fun in Denia and Javea!
Denia is much more than sun and beach, it has so many things to offer even in the winter. With an average of 18 degrees, it is a luxury to visit throughout the year even in coldest months you can enjoy the sun in a terracita.
It has a large number of beaches where you can walk, dive, go kayaking, always with the correct clothing you can have a pleasant time.
Then there are those of us who are fans of gastronomic tourism and in this we take the cake!
Stop by Els Magazinos any day, you will find a great culinary variety for all tastes. Then, take a walk through the center of Dénia, in each street you have something to discover. There you will find a great culinary variety for all tastes. Then a walk through the center of Dénia, where there is something to discover in every street. Continue to the Central Market. In Denia’s covered market you will find all the fresh products, from vegetables to fruit, meat and fish. It really is worth a visit. Especially if you are looking for local products.
And then you can divert to the well-known Marqués de Campo street. Here you will find numerous shops and small boutiques in all the streets sorounding this area. There is something for all diferent tastes. Finally, you can walk up to the Castle of Denia, from where you can enjoy a great view of the port of Denia. You see, Denia is much more than sun and beach.
Sun, beach and water – for many that is the Costa Blanca. But there is so much more to the port city of Denia than the sea. A mighty mountain towers directly above the city – the Montgo in Denia. People say he lies there like an elephant. Again, other residents of Denia think that he looks like a little sugar loaf.
The mountain Montgo – local mountain of Denia and Javea
The Montgo is Denia’s and Javea’s local mountain. If you lie down on the beach in the sun, you can see your summit cross glittering high up. A helicopter has flown the well-known cross at 694 meters above sea level. Sporty people lace up their hiking boots – and climb up.
The tour through the nature reserve on the Montgo mountain leads over stones and rocks. We continue past palm trees and lavender. The path is steep, especially at the end. A few climbing skills are still required. It is therefore always advisable to hike up in a group. But up on the mountain, on the cross, all that is forgotten. The world is at your feet here. The houses of Denia are tiny. Infinitely far the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Javea stretches far and wide. And the area around Alicante is so mountainous. You can see as far as the Bay of Valencia. On a clear day, even the Balearic island of Ibiza is visible. In addition, the view from the summit cross of the Montgo is breathtaking. This 360 degree view of the whole surrounding area is impressive. Just sit and enjoy!
Information about the ascent can be found at the tourist office in Denia and Javea. They also have maps and hiking routes for every level of difficulty. The Montgo area also offers beautiful walks for different levels of fitness. A walk on Sunday takes less than an hour with the small group. Meanwhile, there is a variety of plants, trees and shrubs that have become rare on this hiking trail. The visitor can also observe a large number of butterflies and insects. That is why it is so important for the locals of Denia and Javea to preserve this unique nature reserve.
Rough cliffs, enchanting bays and turquoise water: there is always something to discover in Javea! So ideal and perfect for a relaxing day by the sea in Javea!
La Granadella – a perfect day by the sea in Javea
In the bay “La Granadella” you lie on smooth, white stones. The wind blows through the pine forests. The waves are rushing. The water glitters. Finally holidays! Well, the bay is no longer an insider tip since Bruce Willis shot a movie here and the Spaniards voted the beach on the Costa Blanca the most beautiful in the country. Go anyway, especially in the off-season! The location and the water are just spectacular.
The Arenal – a classic in Javea
Do you prefer action? Then on to the “Arenal”, the long sandy beach in the center, directly on the beach promenade. First a game of beach volleyball or surfing, then an ice cream or a mojito in one of the many cafés or beach bars. Later in the evening we have dinner in a restaurant with a view of the sea – and then we celebrate… The Arenal is where most of the bars, cafes and clubs in Javea are located. Everyone can find something for their taste here. Nightlife takes place here, for young and old.
Porticholl Beach – La Barraca
The beach of La Barraca was still an insider tip 5 years ago. But today Porticholl or La Barraca beach is well known for its water sports activities such as canoeing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The bay is just perfect to spend the day by the sea of Javea. The approach through the residential area of Mar Azul is interesting. This shows what Javea has to offer. Beautiful villas overlooking the sea. We therefore recommend that you ask us about these vacation spots. We have some holiday homes there for you. Down in the bay is a nice day bar with tapas, wine and coffee. A perfect destination. Many bridal couples celebrate their wedding here. Between May and October, Cala Clemence is a coveted place to party.
If you like cycling, you will love the Via Verde in Denia. For more than 90 years Spain’s oldest, narrow-gauge railway operated here. Today only bicycles roll on the green road – you can have a lot of fun for seven kilometers, it is a very easy bikeride since there are hardly any hills: This bike ride is just perfect!
Via Verde – from Denia to El Vergel
From Denia to El Verger without unwanted cars this is a perfect place to roll. This does not only appeal to children, as there is so much to enjoy for the whole family. From the youngest to the eldest, you can enjoy a calm bike ride or a healthy walk. Comfortably you can ride over rivers and wooden bridges, past orange groves and almond trees, from rest areas to view points. It is a great way to connect with nature.
This via verde doesn´t stop in Vergel, you can also grab the next one in Oliva that takes you all the way to Gandia! It´s a great way to excersive safely.
It is best to cycle in the late afternoon – you can ride back with a romantic view with the warmest sunset that the Costa Blanca has to offer.
The Fallas in Denia is one of the most important festivals of the year. The inhabitants of Denia are especially proud of their festivals. It seems that throughout the year there is a festival in the small town. There is no better place to meet the inhabitants and the culture.
Without a doubt, the most important festival is “las Fallas”. This festival that takes place in March, is celebrated throughout Valencia, in honor of San José. Throughout the year, the falleros and falleras work hard to choose the best designs for their fallas. These always look for a surprising theme, be it political, soccer, or even stories about celebrities. The artists spend the whole year creating these “ninots” so that they are ready for the day of the “plantá”, the day the falla is inaugurated.
The falleros spend hundreds of euro on their traditional outfits, and the falleras can spend up to 10.000€, specially if they are voted “Fallera Mayor” which is the Queen of the Falla. Each falla has a Fallera Mayor (most important fallera), Fallera Menor (most important fallera from the kids) and a Corte (courte). The elected falleras have a very important role in this festivity as they have to attend many acts. Throughout the week there is music and parades, the mascletá at 2pm makes us feel the smell of gunpowder every day. In the end, every year, on the 19th, and while the falleros mourn the end, after a good firecracker, the fallas burn.
Until next year when everything starts again and we can start celebrating again the Fallas in Denia…