Finally Getting to Dénia!

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Oct 17 ~ Day #160
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Current Location: Ogisaka Gardens, Dénia, Alicante, Spain

Today’s Total Expenses: $95.82

Transportation: $6.06 (€4.50 – train)
Accommodation: $28.14
Food: $61.62 (€45.75 – groceries)

Miles Traveled Today:
Train Miles: 20 (Altea to Dénia)

Waking Up in Altea

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise that we could see from our tiny deck overlooking the Mediterranean Ocean. Considering how inexpensive these unexpected accommodations were (see our expenses for yesterday, October 16th) this was an added surprise.

We simply can’t recommend the San Miguel Hotel strongly enough.

Yes, it was off-season, but their location is amazing!

And, for the cost of our accommodations we also got a light breakfast of coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and toast with jam.

Walking the Beach in Altea

We simply had to walk the beach at Altea before checking out and heading on to our actual destination of Dénia (pronounced DEN-ya). They have certainly done everything right to make their waterfront appealing to visitors and locals alike.

Back to the Train Station

Thanks to the help we received last night, we found it easy to find our way back to the train station.

We had also been told that the train to Dénia comes about every two hours starting at about 7:15am. So, we planned to be there to catch the 11:15am train and hoped that the information we had been given was correct.

Yep, we were told the right thing and the train did arrive at about 11:15am and we were on our way.

We had hoped that the train would go mostly along the coast, but it cut inland on its way to our destination. Still the scenery was beautiful and the journey was pleasant. The whole trip took a little over an hour.

Finding our Hotel

Initially we had planned to arrive in Dénia by bus, so Geoff had printed out a walking map from the bus station to our hotel from Google.

However, here we were arriving by train with no idea where it was in relation to either the bus station or our hotel.

As luck would have it, after exiting the train station and thinking we best get a cab, we noticed the Tourist Information Centre directly across from the train station – and – even on a Sunday – it was open!

We immediately stopped in, showed them the name and address of our hotel and they said it was only about a 10 minute walk from where we were.

They got out a map, showed up which way to go, and off we went.

Now, I’m sure it was only a 10 minute walk if you didn’t have rather heavy backpacks and weren’t old and overweight. However, after a sign sent us a little out of our way, we did manage to find the hotel.

A Welcome and Free Drinks from the Hotel

We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at Ogisaka Gardens, but we were also told that their computer system was down and they weren’t able to check anyone in.

Not to worry, they said, and directed us to the patio, told us to order whatever drinks we wanted and for us to relax until the computer was back up and running.

And, that’s exactly what we did!

Time for Groceries

Our timeshare unit is a one bedroom and we thought it was suppose to have a full kitchen.

Well, apparently our idea of a full kitchen and this resort’s idea are two different things.

Our “full” kitchen has a 2-burner stove, a microwave and a very small fridge that doesn’t have a freezer. No oven, no dishwasher.

There is a washing machine in the unit, but no dryer.

European Standards vs North American Standards

This is a simple case of European Standards vs North American Standards.

Lots of things here are smaller than we would expect – appliances for one thing and even the sizes of houses, hotel rooms and such.

You need to just go with the flow in such cases because if you complain that they’re not up to North American standards, quite likely they are not even sure what you mean – particularly coupled with any language difficulties.

But, let’s be clear – our unit is lovely. Tiled floors through out, two large, tiled balconies – one off the living room and one off the bedroom. Lots of closet space, two TVs, a complete living room and dining room and a spacious bathroom. It makes the other stuff seem practically insignificant.

We will be very happy here during our stay, I’m sure.

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