The cost of living in Spain varies and often depends on whether you are in a metropolitan area, a rural area or somewhere in between. A great example of Spain’s lifestyle varieties is the beautiful beach town of Dénia on the Costa Blanca in the community of Valencia. Compared to Spain’s more prominent cities like Madrid and Barcelona, the cost of living in Dénia is quite affordable; however, the area is also rich in options for those seeking a more luxurious lifestyle.
A jewel of Costa Blanca
Dénia is located halfway between Valencia and Alicante and offers the closest proximity to the Balearic Islands of any area on the Spanish peninsula. Dénia’s famous ferry service to the island of Ibiza connects the two resort areas. Sheltered by the peaks of Montgó mountain, the coastal town is renowned for its wide beaches and caves. The sparkling blue waters and rich ocean floor make the area popular among divers and adventure-seekers.
Housing costs in Dénia
A great, furnished apartment consisting of three bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms will average about EUR 1,200 a month (not including utilities). Many of these apartments are located in the center of town and within walking distance to nearby beaches and gorgeous sea views. One-story fully-furnished homes near the beach, often equipped with such amenities as chef’s kitchens and covered parking, average about EUR 1,100 a month (not including utilities). Luxury hotel options with golf courses are also prevalent.
Those seeking a permanent residence in Dénia will find plenty of options to choose from. For golf lovers, the golf and hotel enclave of La Sella features a collection of newly built villas tailored for modern living. Each home is architecturally stunning with clean lines and walls of windows that take in expansive views of Montgó mountain and the 27-hole course. This five-bedroom villa in La Sella will run you EUR 3.5 million.
Other high-end communities such as Las Rotas will have you living closer to the beach, but premium coastal access does come at a higher price. This newly built villa near the Dénia oceanfront, designed by architect Manuel Portaceli, is on the market for EUR 5.7 million.
Before beginning any home-buying search, it’s recommended that you consult with a local real estate agent. Luxury brokerage Immobiliaria Rimontgo possesses unparalleled market knowledge and can assist you in finding and purchasing a home in Dénia and other parts of Spain.
What to do in Dénia?
Among the many sights on the Costa Blanca, Dénia is one of the most popular.
Visit Dénia Castle
Situated atop a cliff overlooking the coast, the Dénia Castle is arguably the city’s most identifiable landmark. Originally designed in the Almohad architectural style, the towering structure has undergone numerous changes and reconstructions over the years. Today, the site hosts many cultural events and dramatized guided tours. Also check out the Archaeological Museum and exhibition for navigation and exploration activities in the medieval period.
Take a Walk Through Dénia’s Historical Center
Dénia’s historical center is a fascinating mix of modern architecture and ancient neighborhoods, elegant buildings and old fisherman houses, and colorful and modern streets and alleys with a quaint, old-world charm. Visit the Ethnological Museum and gain incredible insight into the life in Dénia during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Calle Marques de Campos is worth a visit, too—it is a lively, lined avenue full of shops and bars with terraces.
What to eat in Dénia
Dénia is well-known for its Mediterranean cuisine that often combines seafood and Valencian products with local delicacies like the delicious red shrimps harvested in the area. Be sure to try a rice serving of arròs a banda, el espencat (a salad dish), la llandeta (seafood stew) and el suquet de peix (a fish dish). Sea urchins and barbecued dry octopus are other local cuisine highlights.
Enjoy Dénia’s beaches and watersports
Dénia’s coastline is divided into two sections: one is Las Rotas, a beachfront characterized by rocky and desolate coves, and the other is Las Marinas, a stretch of long and comfortable sandy beaches. You can soak up the sun on the beach, dive or snorkel to discover the fascinating seafloors, or indulge in water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddling and kayaking.
If you are looking to relax, there is an option to rent a sailing boat or motorboat or go on a fishing trip. Because of the promenade that starts at the marina and runs along the Marineta Cassiana and Las Rotas beaches, the area is also popular among cyclists, runners and walkers.