Spanish School in Denia


Denia is a lively city located on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, between the cities of Alicante and Valencia. Here the sun shines for more than 300 days a year, creating an excellent climate with an average temperature of about 18į, which attracts thousands of tourists (Denia has a population of about 45000 inhabitants).

Denia can rely on 20 km of coast, with sandy beaches in the northern part and rocky ones in the south, where you can find Las Rotas beach, with small, wonderful creeks. To demonstrate the high quality of the water and the beauty of this area, every year these beaches receive the so-called blue flag, which is given to well-equipped beaches with clear, clean water.

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The beautiful castle overlooking the city (it was built in the XI century) is just one of the many examples of the passage of many civilizations: Romans, Carthaginians and Arabs lived in this area, leaving many great examples of fine architecture that today decorate Denia and the villages in the surroundings. Some archaeological finds from various ages that marked the history of Denia are on display in the interesting archaeological museum, located in the Palau del Governador (which is all that is left from a series of residential buildings built inside the castle walls). Many other palaces and buildings are to be found in this pleasant city; furthermore, Denia had an efficient coastal defence system (built between the XVI and XVII centuries), of which we can today see the odd Torre del Gerro. The most typical atmosphere in the whole city could probably be found in the Baix la mar neighbourhood, the fisherman neighbourhood (these man built here their houses, warehouses and shops to sell the fish they had caught in the Mediterranean Sea). Nowadays it is one of the most picturesque part of the city, with low houses and beautiful squares, such as Sant Antoni and Creu.

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The sea has always affected the life and development of Denia, above all its gastronomy. The main ingredient is undoubtedly rice, prepared in thousands of different ways, indeed the most important dish of local cuisine is paella (with meat or fish) or arroz a banda, cooked in a delicious fish soup. Enjoying a superb paella and taking part in one of the many festivals Denia organises every year is something you canít surely miss: many of these festivals are related to religion, while others refers to the ancient tradition of bull fights.

How to get to Denia

Denia is located less than 100 km away from Valencia and Alicante international airports. From Valencia there is a direct bus to Denia; from Alicante, you have to take a bus to Benidorm, from where you can then take the train to Denia (alternatively, you can reach the centre of Alicante and then take the train or bus). If you wish, the school can organise the transfer service to and from the airport.

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