Dénia is a city in the province of Alicante, Spain, on the Costa Blanca, halfway between Alicante and Valencia. Once a quiet town at the centre of the region’s raisin growing and fishing industries, Dénia is now a popular, international tourist destination. Significant recent investment has seen the Port flourish, with another 2 marinas (with smaller berths) offering restaurants, shops, tapas bars and clubs to compliment the cosmopolitan city centre, which is overlooked by the majestic 11th Century Dénia Castle.
The port of Dénia now comprises 4 marinas, with 2000 berths and a helipad. “Port Dénia”, owned by Abel Matutes, also owner of Palladium Group which includes Ushuaia in Ibiza, has been designed specifically for superyachts measuring 31m – 135m in length. The shipyard can haul out up to 1200 GT, typically a 65m Motor Yacht and has 2000m2 of dry dock. All refit & maintenance services are available with a specialism in re-painting projects. The marina can provide 1000 amps of shore power for the most demanding of superyachts and with a temperate climate all year round, the harbour is well protected from any high seas.
The charming historical town is only 50 metres from the shipyard and marina, making it ideal for guests, captains and crew. It is well preserved and blends effortlessly into modern day city life. Overlooking all proceedings is Montgo Mountain, standing at 753m tall it is a nature reserve offering breath-taking views and outdoor activities for guests and crew alike. The stunning stretch of coastline just below is a designated marine reserve, rich in ecosystems and wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and occasionally whales.
All sports and leisure activities are catered for, both on land and water and culture abounds, with theatre and live music venues, including open air concerts, throughout the summer. Dénia is famous for its celebration of Fallas in March, when neighbourhoods compete in the creation of gigantic sculptures (usually political satire) that are paraded and ultimately burnt in spectacular, Valencian fashion. Dénia is a city so rich in culture, that it is incredibly diverse and fun, and is an ideal destination for everyone.
For those food lovers, Denia has been awarded the title of Unesco City of Gastronomy, where over 500 enterprises draw inspiration from the Mediterranean diet and concepts such as Slow Food, promoting healthy food based on local resources and products, with the goal of ensuring more sustainable development. The three Michelin starred restaurant, Quique Dacosta is located in the heart of the city and has recently been voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
The Balearia ferries run from Dénia to Mallorca every day – with Dénia being the Balearia headquarters. So it’s easy for crew to commute between Dénia and Mallorca when necessary, and there is plenty of short term accommodation available. With the shipyards and marinas in Palma often being full, Dénia is a good alternative as a superyacht shipyard and superyacht marina creating a full 360° superyacht centre/complex.