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Impressions of Denia

By 786 Global Tour — last modified Feb 08, 2016 07:33 PM
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Published: 2014-04-22 23:00:00
Countries: Spain

Visit to Marina de Denia
Date visited: March 2014

* Location: Some 9 miles NW of Cabo de la Nau.

* Approach: Actually easy – but keep your eyes peeled for the Ferry running to/from Mallorca. It is huge and needs the entire width of the dredged canal into the harbor as well as (for turning) the entire deep parts of the harbor itself.

* The inner harbor is quite big but keep a close eye on the depth: The turning ferry tends to wash up a sand-/mud-bar at the threshold to the RCN.

*Marinas: There are two marinas in Denia; The “Marina Denia” – upon entering immediately to Port, and the RCN Denia – further in and much closer to town.  (We did stay at “Marina Denia”). Only a few berths up to 30m in the first basin of “Marina Denia”.

* Depth quickly decreasing the further in you go – watch your sounder closely; Do not rely on charts!

* Fuel stations of “Marina Denia” immediately to Port as you enter and dead ahead of “RCN”. If no answer on Ch.9 VHF tie up to one of them and wait for further instructions.

* Marina Denia occupies a stretch of 2-story buildings, the ground floor of which sports a number of bars and restaurants, but looked mostly deserted in March. The office is located on the ground floor in the outermost building.

* Expensive! We did pay € 120.00/day (18m berth) – plus metered Water and Electricity. When asked why they are so expensive, we were told “Because of High Season, Easter and all…” (With Easter still being almost a month away!)

* Staff at office very international & friendly, good response to calls on Ch.9 VHF, professional and knowledgeable Marineros.

* Standard Electricity-Plug, no adaptor needed. Electronic access key cards to access the facilities and the marina after office hours. They at least are working on a “Fingerprint-Access System” which at least I deem questionable. (Each person on board would need to record their fingerprints in the office in order to have access to the facilities and piers? …set aside that who would want their fingerprints on record with a private
company?) Access of the marina by car possible but billed separately.

* Other than the “finger-print”-system, no security really worth mentioning.

* Caution: The harbor is big enough for quite some waves to build up during strong NW’lys. We did have our share of problems during one night but assistance by marineros was excellent.

* Infrastructure: There are a number of bars and restaurants inside the marina, followed by quite a long stretch of “nothing” walking past one of the two boat-yards towards town. Near the entrance to RCN there are a few, actually quite well stocked chandleries and at least a small supermarket.

* Facilities: One block in the upper floor close to the road entrance to the marina. Very “luxurious”! Separate little rooms with dressing area, toilet, shower, wash-basin for maximum privacy,- however the showers did offer only either nothing but boiling hot or just ice cold water.

* Good size coin-op Washing Machine and dryer on site – right inside the building where the showers are.

* Pay-Wifi – but as said before: Prepaid USB-Stick is the better option in Spain since the reception with most Marina Wifi’s is rather poor.

* Remarkable: No trash-bins anywhere in sight! Yet alone such for collecting garbage for recycling.

* There are three boatyards; One in each marina offering rather small travel-lifts each (20 tons max?) And a separate one which you will see upon entering the harbor on your StB side. That one had a number of larger vessels on the dry, so it would seem that they have a better lifting-capacity. (Looked like an 80t to me, but I did not cross over to inspect).

* At the root of the pier giving home to “Marina Denia” there is a quite nice sandy beach.

Summary: We found Denia rather disappointing and having little to offer that would justify the high rates. It sort of is “too small to offer the amenities you’d expect from a big harbor, and too big to pass as a quaint-small harbor”. But it at least offers a ferry to Mallorca – so if you really would want to visit that island without having to subject your boat to the high risks waiting there, there is your option.

Peter - 786GlobalTour
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