DENIA – A CITY IN CHANGE
At the beginning of the century, Dénia’s local government agreed on a model for growth for the city based on one hand, on improving the quality of life and on another, on sustainable economic development, which today is bearing its fruits.
DENIA CHANGES – IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
The secret to gaining health is to eat well and exercise. Since 2008, Dénia’s local government is implementing an ambitious plan to incentivize habits that include an architectural remodeling of the city, amongst other actions. Dénia increasingly has more spaces for practicing sports and more sports activities specifically targeted at youth. Likewise, Dénia’s new urban development plan includes more pedestrian areas, green spaces and Plazas. The three most recent actions carried out over the last years exemplify this:
Pedestrianization of Calle Diana: The main artery of Dénia is Calle Marqués de Campo, connecting the port with the old town center. It is a modernist street favoring meetings and socialization as it is full of bars with terraces, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, restaurants, stores and markets. Since 2011, the most central section of the street,- Calle Diana- connecting with the streets that concentrate the city’s leisure offer, Calle la Mar and Calle Cavallers, has been pedestrianized, like the Calle Loretto many years before, so you are now able to enjoy a major part of the cities center – where most of the shops, boutiques and restaurants placed – car free.
from the castle to the townhall
DENIA CHANGES – THE OLD TOWN
Urban development starts in the old town: The most central parts of Dénia have been remodeled to provide access to several emblematic buildings of the city, such as the City Hall, the Castle or the Convents. This action has resulted in an area of plazas and pedestrian streets where the gastronomic, cultural and musical offers contribute toward strengthening social relations and make it easy to enjoy tourists their time which they do not spend on the beach.
Sustainable urban remodeling of the Fishermen’s Quarters (Baix la Mar): This architectural remodeling resulted of a consultative process open to all of Dénia’s citizens and integrates spaces for coexistence, such as plazas, esplanades and parks. Remodeled, with the respect of the origin of that part from Denia, gave it back the charm of the old fishermen’s neighbourhood, with its little places, small restaurants, where you easily can stroll and pop in some places to try some of the Mediterranean Tapas.
DENIA CHANGES – PASEO MARITIMO
Finally Denia got -like other towns at the sea, its “Paseo Maritimo”. You are able to stroll from the city Center directly a the sea, passing the fishers port, sailing vessels, to the Marina El Portet and the new Terminal from the Balearic Ferries. Both offer various restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy your meals or only take a drink, with an amazing view on Denia and its castle, from the “sea-side”.
Definitely, Dénia more and more counts with spaces promoting interaction and which are ideal locations for restaurants and terraces which, in turn, increase the city’s gastronomical offer. This expansion of the gastronomy available has sparked greater competition between establishments and, ultimately, has repercussions which augment the quality and creativity of the dishes offered, tradition keeping alive but giving them a new dimension….not surprising that Denia is known as a culinarian City for every level- Gourmet-, Michelin Star-, Fusion-, Traditional Spanish-, Mediterranean- or International Kitchen; Denia stands out for its remarkable variety in its Gastronomic offer.