We expected a bad year of tourism, but the presence of vehicles seems the same as other summers. At least that part is still intact, although it is not the most lucrative.
Summer traffic is the downside of the increase in visitors during good weather months. We went from just over 45.000 inhabitants to hosting up to 200.000, each family with their car. And, to be honest, we do not have the roads so that the traffic is fluid or the spaces to park and be able to visit any point of Dénia without worries.
These problems are increased on coastal roads, especially in Les Rotes, where there are hardly any places to park.
Deciding to spend a day at the beach on the southern coast of Dianense, or go to enjoy the restaurants there, becomes an authentic headache for neighbors and visitors. We know that you will have to spend a lot of time driving around until you find a place to park that is probably not suitable for that purpose.
And that's not to mention how difficult and dangerous it is to drive on the narrow road when, in addition, parking rows are improvised on each side of the road where it is not allowed, further reducing the width of it.
What alternatives exist?
Luckily, there are several ways to avoid these headaches and enjoy the day in Les Rotes even more.
If you have the need to take the car yes or yes, there is a free public parking with space for 45 vehicles right in front of Punta Negra, one of the dianenses' favorite coves.
This space is part of the public parking network that has been promoted by the Dénia City Council for some years, allowing leave vehicles near places of interest. The one in Les Rotes is also located in a strategic place, also very close to the end of the coast, where there is access to the Torre del Gerro and the Cova Tallada, as well as several top restaurants.
A simple walk of less than 10 minutes enjoying the views of the rocky coastline and you will reach the last beach of Les Rotes.
Get to Les Rotes without depending on the car
Sometimes we forget it, but the beach also has a bus line with a wide schedule that allows you to get from the town to different points of the coast, including the end of Les Rotes with a stop in front of the restaurant Mena.
In just a few minutes you can get from Dénia to the cove of Les Arenetes, the furthest south. From 08:00 to 21:00, at every hour except 15:00, a bus leaves from the port to Les Rotes, returning at the same time but a quarter.
The average price of the service is between 0'95 and 1'50 euros, leaving you at the following stops: Esplanade Cervantes, Farmacia, H. Port Dénia, La Marineta, Ascent to Troyas, Salones El Poblet, in front of the road to Pegolí, Camping Tolosa, Ermita Les Rotes, Las Viñas, Rest. La Estancia, H. Les Rotes, Rest. El Pino, Rest. Ore.
Alternatives that, without a doubt, will allow you to make the most of the day of sun and beach without worries and without the annoyances that come with looking for parking where there is none. Much simpler although sometimes we forget it.