Among all the monuments in Denia, one stands out in a sovereign way over all the others. The Dénia Castle, with its more than two thousand years of history, gathers in the same room the traces that different cultures have left in our city over the years.
Next you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with.
Access to the castle: how to get there
The Dénia Castle (Alicante) is located in the heart of the city, and on a mound 60 meters high. It is accessed through San Francisco street, in the heart of the Les Roques. You will find a door in the form of tumidated warhead, Islamic feature, which gives access to a landscaped cart, at the end of which is the box office.
To climb the castle of Dénia you have to go on foot, since for a few years, and in order to preserve the state of the monument, the entry of private cars is prohibited.
The residents of Dénia can access for free, while tourists and visitors have to pay a ticket of 3 euros. Children under 8 years are free, and between 8 and 16 must pay 1 euro. The rate for retirees, pensioners and students is 2 euros, as well as for groups of more than 10 people.
For more information about visits to the castle of Dénia you can contact us at 966420260 or 966420656.
Castle Dénia (Spain) opens its doors between November and March 10 18 hours to ininterrumppida way. The months of April and May extends its hours until 19 hours, and in June until 19: 30 hours.
The months of July, August and the first half of September, the castle can be visited from morning to 10 00: 30 hours. During the second half of September, 10 20 to: 30 hours and in October, of 10 to 18: 30 hours.
This fortification of Andalusian Muslim origin, and the Alcazaba, date back to the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, and on its slopes there have been traces of the Dianium Roman The castle was the citadel or residence of the governor of Madînat Daniya, and it was in the eleventh century when it reached its structure and design with the double enclosure of the Alcazaba and the Albacar and with relevant fortification architectures.
During the second half of the XNUMXth century, important reinforcement works were carried out, as can be seen from the architectural studies.
In the citadel we find the Torre del Mig, the most significant of access to the site. Dating from the eleventh century, the Torre del Mig has a remarkable architectural quality with double horseshoe arches and alfiz. Also in the kasbah is the Portal de la Vila, the most important income, made up of horseshoe pointed arches and key game.
After the conquest of Dénia by Jaume I in 1244, exhibition spaces change of use: welcome Palau, the Castell and Vila. Albacar in the lower chamber, it is installed in the year 1308, the Vila de Dénia, while the citadel, with Palau Vell, is transformed into the citadel.
It is in this area where, around the year 1600, Renaissance palace built by Francisco Gómez Sandoval y Rojas, Duke of Lerma and Marques de Dénia subsequently integrate. What was once the Palau del Governador and now houses the Archaeological Museum of the city.
From the sixteenth century, the Barbary piracy forces to improve the fortification enclosures Vila and the Castell to meet them, leaving an important mark of Renaissance military architecture bastioned building.
Wars are evident in the state of the castle. While the War of Succession devastates the Vila and much of the fortress, the assault during the French invasion (1812) deteriorates the southern front of both enclosures.
With the arrival of the 1947th century, the castle passes into private hands, turning the enclosure into an agricultural estate oriented to the cultivation of the vine and the production of the pansa. During this time terraces are enabled for agriculture and retaining walls are created. In the first decades of the twentieth century the northern slope of the castle is used as a quarry for the extraction of stone, and arrived in XNUMX, and after a complex process of expropriation, the castle became municipal property.
Since that time various actions remodeling, such as planting trees around the campus, enabling access or restoring stays as the Torre del Consell or the Portal de la Vila are promoted.
Having reached the years 60 and 70, and the tree tourism in the city, an access road to the top is built, demolishing a significant portion of wall paintings and destroying archaeological remains of the Vila Vella.
The building of the Palau del Governador was restored to the early 80, time when Galliner Tower and Red Tower was enabled. In these years several bastioned constructions and wall paintings were consolidated.
Already in the 2015st century, the administration enabled new spaces in the monumental complex, such as La sala, oriented to the presentation of conferences, or the Visitor Center, next to the esplanade of the Palau. In XNUMX, the city council announced the rehabilitation project of the Palau stairway, a work that will be funded by the Ministry of Development and through which it is intended to recover the experience of accessing the palatial rooms.
To know both history and architecture of the castle of Denia, you can expand information guides available at the box office castle, which threshed in great detail the events in the complex and the pieces can be found there.
The Castle Tunnel
The tunnel of the Castle of Dénia communicates the Plaza del Consell with Ronda de las Murallas. Since its rehabilitation in 2011, the maintenance and appearance of this passage under the premises of the castle of Dénia has improved considerably, increasing cleanliness and safety, which were previously lacking.
Tunnel creation Dénia Castle dates back to the years of Civil War in Spain. 1937 1938 between this step and was created to protect civilians in the bombing of aviation La Pava. After the war, it remained open thus linking two parts of the city.
Activities and events
Weddings in the Castle Dénia
The City Council of Dénia has recently enabled the possibility of holding weddings in the Castle of Dénia. Couples who wish can get married in the Castle of Dénia paying the corresponding fee (around 1.000 euros) and being aware that you can not access by car to the top or banquets can be served in the premises of the monumental complex.
Since this possibility is enabled until 2015, only one wedding was held at the Castle of Denia.
Every summer, the esplanade of Governador Dénia Castle, at the top of the enclosure, home to two weeks of concerts of traditional and popular music in the concert series Music at the Castle. Admission to these concerts is free and represent one of the most important events of the summer cultural agenda in the city of Dénia.
Thanks to these concerts, the esplanade of the Governador, in addition to serving a fantastic view of the city from the Castle, becomes the nerve center of traditional music nationwide.