Denia Spain, Extended Vacation
Canada's winter has been pretty harsh this year so what better way to escape then to run away to Spain. Over the past 10 years, we have vacationed in Spain at least 6 times but only for a week or two at the most. This year was going to be a bit of a test as we were extending two weeks into eight. You could say this might be a trial run for retirement which will likely happen in the next few years.
So why Denia? It was not our first choice as we had planned to rent in a place called Cullera which is just south of Valencia. We needed to be near a larger airport because Mark is still working and may have to leave at the drop of a hat. We found a great place to rent but the owner decided to do renovations so we had to regroup. I am so glad we did as we settled on Denia, a port town where the ferries service the Balearic Islands. Denia is half way between the two larger airports in Costa Blanca so Mark's options were better, the other nice thing about this area is that the area was not flat and would challenge Mark both for cycling and running. A great surprise was that the duplex we rented was overlooking the local yacht club and indoor swimming pool.
A few cool facts about Denia is that it was and still is the raisin capital of Spain although tourism has taken the lead. The World Health Organization has voted Denia one of the healthiest places to live in the world. In the centre of town on top of a hill is Denia Castle which dates back to Roman times and currently houses a museum and Denia has been called the Gastronomy city of Spain and has a 3 star Michelin restaurant Quique Dacosta, one of more then 400 restaurants in the city during the height of the tourist season.
We are looking forward to having friends share this adventure with us.