Costa Blanca North continues to attract people from different backgrounds and provide a perfect blend of natural and man-made beauty, meaning that there is something truly here for everyone.
Whilst Dénia itself is a city with a population of over 40,000 (although this increases to over 200,000 in the summer with tourism), properties can be obtained in vastly different areas. The urban area is situated directly on the coastline, and as such properties here are ideal for those who are enticed by the sea air and marina restaurants.
In terms of property for sale in Denia, apartments set you back anywhere from €70,000 to almost €300,000 for comfortable properties located conveniently only a stone’s throw from the sea. Meanwhile, the rural nature of the surrounding mountainous area may suit many who are looking for a more secluded residence. Villas and townhouses start at around €100,000, although these more traditional dwellings range hugely and some available are valued at millions.
The modern and expansive marina contains many restaurants from various cultures. Along the coastline, of which Dénia has 20 km, the beaches of Las Rotas and Las Marinas are very popular, not least for the range of water sports on offer. As a result of the variety of terrain, the Macizo del Montgó Natural Park is only 5 km away from Dénia city centre, and these areas of high relief allow for activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
Situated on the marina is the ferry port, which connects the city to the Balearic Islands to the east, including the party island of Ibiza, to which crossings take around 3 ½ hours. Also nearby is the La Sella golf course in addition to areas of historical interest such as the Moorish castle, meaning that you'll never be short of things to do.
In this particular city, the foreign population is less than many other areas in the Costa Blanca, but there are still 5,000 permanent EU-born expat residents. This is something which should be taken into account when considering this area as a place to live; it enjoys an advantage for many in this way as there will be a large number of Brits, but not enough to influence the traditional Spanish culture.
Indeed, festivals typical of the country form a major part of life here, with the annual bonfire celebrations in March and the Bous a lar Mar (bulls in the sea) fiesta attracting visitors from around the world.
The location is also a major benefit in that the airports of Alicante and Valencia, both among the 10 busiest in Spain, are both accessible via major roads within a journey time of approximately 1 ¼ hours. Of course, the geographical location also means a comfortable climate all year round, with temperatures reaching a maximum of around 30°C and not tending to drop below a minimum of 8°C even in winter. Dénia is an area which combines natural beauty and the bustle of the city to produce an impressive quality of life.
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