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.