Dénia, Spain

The entire country of Spain completely stole my heart, but one area in particular was so unique and full of life it captivated me in a way I never have been before. Dénia is a port city on the Mediterranean coast of eastern Spain. With evidence of human habitation in the area since prehistoric times and Greek, Roman and Iberian ruins, this city is a treasure trove of history and culture. 

Set back in the pedestrian area of the old town in Dénia, is a 450 year old historical building. Originally a convent, it is now a family owned hotel, Hostal Loreto. I had the privilege of not only touring this stunning building, but also meeting the family and hearing stories about the building from centuries ago.

This hotel is the perfect combination of preserving charm and originality while also updating it enough to feel comfortable for modern day living. I believe that it is so important to submerse yourself into a culture when visiting a new place. It can be easy to get wrapped up in tourist activities but to truly feel apart of a new city or country you need to start with the history and understanding why the locals love their home. The highlight of Hostal Loreto is the airy courtyard. The contrast of the bright walls against the piercing blue sky is breathtaking. During my tour I learned that the original statues right hand was unfortunately broken at one time, but thanks to an extremely talented, local artist it is nearly impossible to tell which hand was original and which was restored. 

I fell in love with this city for its culture and history combined with stunning beaches and mountain views. If you are ever in Spain I promise it is worth making your way to Dénia and Hostal Loreto.

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11 Comments

  1. Elyana
    September 25, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Come to visit Brasiill, there is alots of beautiful places here, beautiful like u and u ur eyes ??

  2. September 25, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    That looks like an amazing place, I hope to visit there someday.

  3. Kathryn
    September 25, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I am so glad you enjoyed your time there Cammie. After uni in Belfast, I went to live in Madrid for two years.
    I travelled all around Spain while I was there and it’s culture and history is just fantastic. So I’m delighted you enjoyed it! Hope the Sangria and the Tinto de Verano also was a hit! I can’t wait to return (in the new year hopefully) If you ever decide to return to Spain, make sure you visit Madrid for a few days. I’ve travelled to a lot of cities in both Europe and USA, but there is definitely something special about Madrid. If you ever needed any tips – you know where I am ? X

  4. Cat Webb
    September 25, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    You can tell through your writing, it holds now very special place in your heart Dénia. We love Spain too, I love Barcelona which you also visited, Hopefully we will now see the Dénia Vlog soon?!

  5. Erica Downing
    September 25, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Hi cammie!
    I was there in Dénia back in March/April 2016. I couldn’t agree more, what an incredible place to travel. It was absolutely breathtaking. Coming from province in Canada on the east cost being able to visit such a different culture , beaches , food , history was unforgettable. You described it perfectly and I couldn’t agree more everyone should get the chance to visit the beautiful city. ??

    Thanks for sharing your adventure 🙂

  6. CMAS
    September 26, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Keep going U r getting there

  7. RD
    September 28, 2017 / 5:21 am

    Take care真

  8. Anna
    September 28, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I’ve never been so proud of my country before ?
    I hope you come back soon, hopefully somewhere closer to Barcelona this time.
    Hugs and kisses from Spain ??

  9. Elizabet
    September 30, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Cammie I love the way you expressed yourself in this post and about traveling. I don’t “know” you, but I truly believe the world needs more people like you. You are genuinely a great person. I love that you said that; “to truly feel apart of a new city or country you need to start with the history and understanding why the locals love their home”. It says a lot about you when you care enough to learn the history of a new place rather than just visiting. I love you Cammie❤…

    Come to SEATTLE or visit MEXICO next! or ¿Por qué no los dos? [:

  10. Maria
    October 1, 2017 / 10:32 am

    you should come to montreallll!! you’ll love it, i swear 🙂

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