Spain – The Country
Spain is the second largest and sunniest country in Europe and has been described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of the healthiest climates in the world. The population is around 40 million, allowing the country to retain its beautiful character and landscapes. The average population density is about 80 people per 200 square miles (which is one third of Britains) and one of the lowest in Europe.
Within Spain there are 17 autonomous regions (comunidades autónomas) each with its own president, government, administration and Supreme Court. All of these are funded by the central government.
Spain has the fifth largest economy in Europe and accounts for approximately 10% of the EU output. It is, even with some of the more traditional methods, the world’s largest producers of olive oil, fourth largest producer of dried fruit and the sixth largest producer of citrus fruits. Spain also boasts some of the largest vineyards in the world. In fact 60% larger than that of France and is considered third largest worldwide wine producer.
Spain covers approximately 492,460 km² of the Iberian Peninsula and 504,740 km² including the Balearic and Canary islands. The country is a vast plain surrounded by mountains, and is the second highest country in Europe ( Switzerland has the highest range).
The popular resort of Benidorm is just a 20-minute drive south from Calpe along the N-332. It offers a lively and energetic atmosphere for the young and young at heart. Benidorm also features the largest water park in Europe , which is among one of the best in the world, as well as two theme parks; Terra Mitica and Terra Natura, both well worth a visit. The Playa de la Levante is one of Benidorm’s highlights with its 3 km of golden sands. The west beach of Playa de Poniente is longer and the shoreline is rock free. Here you will find more privacy.
The old town of Benidorm with its narrow streets is still very traditionally, Spanish and some great tapas bars can be found here. Benidorm has also become famous more recently as it is home to the tallest building in Spain and the tallest hotel in Europe , the Hotel Grand Bali in La Cala which stands at 210 metres in height.
Denia has ancient origins. It was originally a Greek colony named after the goddess Diana. Later it became a Muslim stronghold and there still remains a large castle which was originally an Arab fortress.
Denia is a very cosmopolitan town with an interesting mix of buildings reflecting its colorful history.
Its main sight is its 16th-century castle sat above the town on a small hill. The castle has been extensively restored and inside is a small Archaeological museum. It also has pleasant gardens.
Below in the town, there are some excellent shops and its main street, the Calle Marques de Compo, is lined with trees and bars and restaurants and is an excellent place to stop for a meal, or a drink and watch the world go by. The Carrer Marques de Campos, the main shopping street still retains much of its original charm and the Les Roques quarter, next to the castle is one of the nicest quarters of Denia. It has become something of an arts and crafts center. The Plaza de los Caidos is surrounded by some attractive 18th-century buildings, including the town hall.
Denia’s fishing port has lovely narrow cobbled streets lined with simple whitewashed houses. Not far away is a modern marina with shops, bars and nightclubs.
To the north and south of Denia are miles of excellent beaches. The view of the colorful houses of Denia with the hill and castle rising above that you can get from the beach is very picturesque.