The Castle of Dénia, as the main monument of the city, becomes especially summer in one of the most visited places by tourists from all corners of the world. To meet the curiosities of tourists, from the department of culture are proposed different activities and routes that allow you to enjoy and know the emblematic complex.
This year, after the opening of the staircase of the Palau del Governador, the Castle has gained an important incentive that allows tourists to experience the old ascent to the palace, now nonexistent. To enjoy this and other experiences that surround the castle, from the department of culture is now proposed a sunset route that adds the beauty of the enclave to the magic of twilight.
The route that is proposed starts in the Plaza del Ajuntament, admiring the consistorial building and its arcades (XVII century), from where we started the ascent to the castle, along the Cuesta de la Madre Amparo and Hospital Street, until we reach the Portal de the Vila (11th century) that gives access to the monument. The access on foot to the highest part is recommended by the asphalted road, while we enjoy the views of the Montgó, the port and the Torre del Gerro.
The night is falling and we finish the ascent in the Governador esplanade, presided over by the imperial staircase from the Renaissance era in the shape of a "T". At this time, the interior lighting of the castle, already lit, "remarkably highlights the architecture" that surrounds us, according to the municipal archaeologist Josep Antoni Gisbert. From here, we can visit the cistern behind the staircase, where an exhibition of photographs from the beginning of the 20th century shows what the monument was like more than a century ago.
We ascend the staircase and we find, looking west, the remains of the Palau Vell, built on structures of Islamic origin and, to the east, with the remains of the Governor's Palace that had the Duc de Lerma built in the 17th century and that It was later destroyed in the War of Succession and ended in the War of Independence.
The municipal archaeologist, Josep Gisbert, recalled that this tour is a complement to the night route Visit the Castle by Night, that allows you to enjoy the castle during the hours of less public attendance and appreciate the characteristic architecture of this monument.