September 9, 2014 at 10:26 am #183146
I’m trying to get a better idea of what people think of Denia (North Costa Blanca, pictured above) as a destination for potential holiday-home buyers, or people considering retiring to Spain and buying or renting property here. Is anyone familiar with Denia, pros and cons, what kind of people does it attract, etc.? Any ideas?
September 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm #183236
It’s just over the hill from me. Denia has a lovely Marina with berths for large boats and great transport links to the Balearics. Houses (from what I have seen) are a little cheaper than neighbouring Javea which boasts 2 international schools. We stayed in Denia for a few nights but the town seemed a little industrial compared to surrounding towns, maybe because of the port. The towns of Denia and Javea are separated by a national park but we have just had a big forest fire which resulted in 444 hectares of Mediterranean forest being lost in the park, thankfully damage to property was minimal.
Check out this awesome drone footage as it will give you an idea of the area.
September 18, 2014 at 10:25 am #183244
Thanks Pizzacheaze, fabulous video.
September 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm #183316
Denia is my favorite town at the Costa Blanca – I looked at different places starting with Torrevieja, Finestrat – Benidorm,
Calpe, Moraira, Javea/Xabia, Denia, Monte Pego, Orba, El Verger, Els Poblets and Denia.
Spend a lot of my holidays there 1-3 weeks or even a long weekend 3-5 days. We were always looking for opportunities
to by a holiday home.
All of the towns have there pros and cons and it was not so easy to finnaly make up our mind – it took years 😎
and a lot of “Immobilienmakler” – but on the other hand it was getting cheaper and cheaper.
We had the chance to talk to alot of Residents and holiday home owners in the different areas.
Finnaly we decided not to go on a mountain like Montgo or Monte Pego – it´s just an issue of missing infrastructure, to far to go shopping etc. Like on Monte Pego most of the residents are British a few germans and Swiss people it´s about 15 km to Denia. Montgo has mostly beautyfull views but also clouds an high hummidity. A lot of old holiday homes and really bad streets – but it´s close to the city center of Denia. New expensive villas you will find in the area of Marquesa 6. Beatifull green area is Las Rotas about 2-5 km from Denia City Center – old villas, lot of green and high property prices. Denia Las Marinas is covered with Appartement Blocks – mostly for holiday rental or spanish familys spending there holidays – not the best area but first class beautifull beaches. And not to crowded beside July and August where it everywhere crowded in the Denia area. Denia itsself has appartement blocks with only up to 4 floors – owned and rented out to spanish people. Some Parks – you will find all kind of shops, a lot of events over the whole year. It´s a busy town where there is life also in December and January. I think it´s a mixture of spanish residents, a lot of Swiss and German, British, French, Scandinavian residents and owner of holiday homes. I think the official figures show that Denia is not dominated by British residents – I think the majority is Swiss and German. One example Els Poblets – small community close to Denia (8 km), 3200 inhabitans thereof 800 Swiss and german. Nevertheless I think the British community is also well represented – when I stayed at Hotel Port Denia there were always a lot of British couples travelling with “SAGA”. By the way – I decided now to buy a new holiday home in the area of Denia – it´s in the building process and developer told me it´s going to be ready Nov/Dec this year (incl.Cedula) 🙂
October 2, 2014 at 10:52 am #183510
That’s really excellent insight into the thought process of someone looking to buy a home in the Valencian Community, especially on the North Costa Blanca.
The more I look at Denia the more I think it ticks all the boxes for youngish retirees moving to Spain either full-time or part-time, who want a place to be enjoyed all year round. I would also prefer to have a holiday home in Denia than in many other places if I wanted to use it more than just a couple of weeks in the summer.
I also assume that Denia attracts more “upmarket” buyers than places like Torrevieja. That means Denia should be able to attract people with better budgets.
October 5, 2014 at 11:58 am #183561
Denia is great and is more compact for moving around; also, very boating orientated. However the weather is much better in the winter just a bit further south; (below the bulge) the “gota frio” always goes north of this bulge and the towns like Javea, Altea etc can enjoy sunny weather whilst Denia is shivering with a cold front passing over.
Javea is more residential with many more individual houses and tree lined roads – similar to Balearics; Altea has the most superb old town that is really well kept and intact (full of high class label shops); also, I would say the “poshest” part of the Costa Blanca with many houses over the €2m mark and loads of pretty luxurious blocks of flats.
Very difficult to compare to the Costa del Sol, perhaps best to say just very different – but really lovely !!! Spain has it all really:)
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