Un­cover Dé­nia's rich his­tory

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By Saman­tha Kett Ro­man win­ery on the Montgó and cas­tle tem­ple tour EX­PLORE the lo­cal his­tory and cul­ture this week­end with a series of free trips out – learn how the Ro­mans made wine, drink in the stun­ning green­ery of the Montgó and tour what used to be Dé­nia's an­swer to the Holy See within the grounds of its ma­jes­tic Me­di­ae­val fortress.

Set off bright and early on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 for a guided tour of the pre­his­toric walled Ibe­rian set­tle­ment, the Ben­imàquia, on the west face of the Montgó and visit its an­cient win­ery, built and in use in the 6th cen­tury BC. You'll meet on the CV-735 Dé­nia-Jávea road at kilo­me­tre 2, op­po­site the Ali­cante-Dé­nia rail plat­form at 10.30am, ready to start the walk up the Ben­imàquia track in front of the Oc­cu­pa­tional Cen­tre in La Xara.

The as­cent is easy enough for in­ex­pe­ri­enced and un­fit walk­ers; just bring com­fort­able, sturdy footwear and a bot­tle of water.

Dur­ing the Me­di­ae­val era, the Santa María church in­side the cas­tle was the main point of wor­ship and rule in Dé­nia, mak­ing it very much worth the de­tour – find out more about it, and about life in gen­eral within the cas­tle walls in the Mid­dle Ages, on Sun­day morn­ing. You'll meet at 10.30am at the cas­tle re­cep­tion, and be given full com­men­tary through­out your visit.

Although the trips are free of charge, book­ing is es­sen­tial as num­bers are lim­ited – pop into Dé­nia's lo­cal his­tory mu­seum be­tween 10.30am and 19.00 (re­mem­ber it is closed from 13.00 to 16.00 for lunch) or call them on 96 642 02 60 to put your name down. Benidorm turned their Christ­mas lights on last Satur­day as a start to this year’s fes­tive sea­son at the Plaza de la Navi­dad (Christ­mas square at the Town hall grounds) where there will be bouncy cas­tles for the young ones from 12.00 to 14.00 and a show of some kind at 18.30 un­til Jan­uary 6th, sto­ry­tellers, mu­sic show, the­atre play, as well as the ice rink open all day long, from 9.00 till 21.00.

Apart from these, the Christ­mas fair con­tin­ues at C/Gambo (pic­tured) where the street is com­pletely trans­formed into a Christ­mas vil­lage with mu­sic, lights, dec­o­ra­tions, rides for the youngest and of course… Santa’s House! Chil­dren can go in the house and see Santa him­self, sit on his lap and take a pic­ture with him! It is an amaz­ing time for them.

The very well known Benidorm San Sil­vestre race will take place on Dec 30 for the 8th year, start­ing at 10.00 from the Avda Europa, on the beach­front. so start train­ing ASAP if you want to join in this year and don't for­get your Santa Hat or fancy dress!

In­for­ma­tion on pa­rades, Three Kings, and more events in fu­ture edi­tions.

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