Denia finally becomes a UNESCO Creative City

© Lisa Risager
DENIA SPECIALITY: Authentic dish Arroz a Banda.

DENIA has achieved its ambition of becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

The international body recently revealed the 47 municipalities worldwide that now belong to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the fields of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Cinema, Media Arts and Music.

The network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with, and amongst, cities and towns that identify creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.


All those belonging to the UCCN work together with the common goal of placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans both locally and internationally.  

Denia’s mayor Vicent Grimalt congratulated all those involved in the project since 2011, when the organisers made preparations to put forward the town as a candidate in 2014.  

The bid was unsuccessful, despite Denia’s impeccable gastronomic credentials that include Arroz a Banda, saffron rice cooked in a rich stock made from fresh local fish that is served as a separate course.



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