It was one of the main elements defining the historic topography of the town’s urban development. Remains of houses and forts going back to Roman Dianium have been excavated on its slopes. Its design dates from the Muslim period between the 11th and 12th centuries. Since then, we can trace different reforms through its architecture. We may point out those from the Almohade period, the construction of the Red Tower and the Council’s Tower in the 15th century, the bastions and other Renaissance systems of defense, including the rebuilding of the Governor’s Palace in the 16th and 17th centuries, sponsored by the Duke of Lerma, Marquis of Dénia.
During the Spanish War of Succession (early 18th c.) the palace and the Villa Vella or Old City were destroyed and the abandonment of the military outpost in 1859 have defined the past few centuries.
Currently, the Castle is a highly symbolic heritage site, the place where a great number of preservation and restoration works are carried out and also proposing innovative cultural diffusion.
How to Arrive
“Portal de la vila” (City Entrance Arch), the castle’s main entrance.
It is located on a gentle hill beside the sea and in the historical city centre.
Next to the Town Hall of Dénia, you will find stairways on Calle Hospital which we walk up. After this 1st steps, we find another stairway section to the left on the street called “Cuesta Madre Amparo” which takes us directly to Calle San Francisco accessing the castle.
Ascent in the tourist train
The TOURIST TRAIN stop is located on the street: Calle Patricio Ferrándiz, very near to the Tourist Office of Dénia.
Opening hours of the Castle
• Nov/ March: 10 a.m to 6 p.m
• April-May: 10 a.m to 19 p.m
• June: 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.* (open until 8.30pm, from 4th June)
• From July to 15th September: 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. (Night opening hours: until 00.30 h. Except for “Music at the castle” concert days.
• From 16th to 30th September: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• October: From 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Avda. del Cid- Calle San Francisco
Tel.: 96 642 06 56
Fax.: 96 642 06 56