Denia is a city in the northern part of Costa Blanca. It is situated right between the airports of Alicante and as it is almost 100 kilometres away from both airports. Denia boasts frequent ship transportation to Ibiza and Mallorca . Ibiza is about 70 kilometres away from Denia and is thus a very popular destination for many of the yachts and launches that stay in the harbour in Denia. The Mediterranean freeway A7/AP7 passes through the region, so that distances seem very short when travelling by car. Even a drive from Denia to Barcelona usually takes only 4 to 4.5 hours. Denia is a city without any high-rise buildings – that is why, even in the summer, the region is not too over-crowded. The city is partly situated on the foot of the Montgó mountain. This part of the city boasts picturesque views of the sea and the city centre. Denia is a popular fishing port – hence fresh fish is always available and can be enjoyed in the city’s many fish restaurants. Denia is also famous for its many boutiques as even shoppers from Alicante and come here for a shopping trip. Right it the centre of the city, at the top of the mountain, there is a castle which houses various museums and features viewing platforms offering excellent views of the entire surrounding area. Despite having a reputation as a peaceful resort, Denia is at the same time also famous for its numerous festivities (fiestas). In the summer, there are constantly various different events taking place in the city centre. The most famous event is probably the bull-run, taking place every day of one week, right in the high street of the city, in the Calle de Marques de Campo. At the same time, there is also a bull-ring set up at the harbour and that is where bloodless bull-fighting takes place: people try to get the bull to jump into the water. The events are free for everyone and anyone brave enough can participate as well. The well-maintained sandy beaches of Denia start right in the city centre and extend for more than 15 kilometres to the north of the city. The southern part of the city, where the mountain drops straight into the sea, features the region’s best places for scuba diving. It is exactly these excellent local scuba diving opportunities that attract many of the tourists to Denia. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the region of Denia is the third healthiest place to live in the world, in terms of climatic conditions.
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