The Costa Blanca now has 84 Blue Flag beaches! Discover the ones closest to Cumbre del Sol!

The Costa Blanca now has 84 Blue Flag beaches! Discover the ones closest to Cumbre del Sol!

Summer is right around the corner and many of our residents have already kicked off the beach season. We are sure you are also ready to take advantage of the wonderful weather by the beach, so take note! The complete list of beaches and marinas awarded Blue Flags for 2019 is finally out. For one more year, Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is surrounded by some of the most picturesque places to live your best life along the Mediterranean! How about a route along the main Blue Flag beaches in the area? Let’s go!

Before we dive in, do you know what it means to have a Blue Flag? This recognition is synonymous with quality, as there are a series of environmental and operational standards needed to receive the award. These standards are divided into 4 groups:

  • Environmental Education and Information
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety and Services

The Autonomous Community of Valencia leads once again in the Spanish ranking this year with a total of 135 Blue Flag beaches, three more than in 2018. In the Costa Blanca region alone, there are 71 beaches and 13 marinas with Blue Flags!

Cala Moraig, in Poble Nou de Benitatxell, is one of the most well-known beaches close to the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort. This year, it has once again received a Blue Flag award, surpassing the requirements listed above and demonstrating that this area continues to be a little piece of paradise right at our front doorstep!

In Teulada, close to Cumbre del Sol, there are three Blue Flag beaches awaiting you: El Portet, L’Ampolla and Les Platgetes. Half an hour from Cumbre del Sol, you will discover Cala Fustera, in Benissa and if you continue towards Calpe, you will find three other blue flag beaches: La Fossa, Cantal Roig and Arenal Bol. Travelling south, a little over half an hour’s drive from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you will find the picturesque town of Altea. Altea was awarded a new blue flag this year, bringing the total to three blue flags: La Roda, Cap Blanc and L’Espigó.

Now that you know all the major Blue Flag beaches in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort area, it’s time to go venture out and see them for yourself! Get your towels and beach bag and set out on a new adventure every day. Whether it be relaxing or taking part in one of the many water sports that are offered in the area, such as diving, snorkelling or kayaking; on the Costa Blanca you’ll find a new corner to fall in love with every day.

Remember that the beaches are not only ours to enjoy, but are also home to many different animal and plant species. Please be respectful of these beautiful natural landscapes so that they can continue to be a paradise available to everyone.

Welcome the new season through the Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell!

Welcome the new season through the Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell!

The arrival of spring doesn’t just bring us more pleasant temperatures, it also means the arrival of interesting activities like the 13th Cycle of Spring Concerts in Poble Nou de Benitatxell. Every Saturday in March, at 8pm, you will have the chance to enjoy some live music at the Santa María Magdalena church where the Marina Alta orchestra got this musical month off to the best start with their tribute to Mozart.

The music genres that attendees will enjoy are undoubtedly varied: the programme offers traditional, with regional music heard in celebrations, more classical music, and modern sounds like jazz.

After the Marina Alta Orchestra concert, on the 9th March, there is something a bit different – the 7th Young Performers Competition. This contest aims to boost the interest of Benitatxell’s young people in music and the study of music.

On Saturday 16th March, the saxophone quartet Púrpura Dansa will fill the Santa María Magdalena church with the music of famous composers such as Grieg, Dvorak, Valero-Castells and Piazzolla. The quintet Reversió Grup brings the traditional sound of the dulzaina to the present day, accompanied by piano and percussion.

The 30th March brings the turn of local music from the Costa Blanca with two-step pieces and music from the Festivals of Moors and Christians. Finally, the municipal music group of Santa María Magdalena will be responsible for saying farewell to the 13th Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell.

If you want to stay up to date with all the news about events taking place close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, follow our blog… and you won’t miss a thing! Every month we highlight the most relevant events so that you can choose the plans which suit you best.

Taste Moscatel wine with all 5 senses

Taste Moscatel wine with all 5 senses

If there is anything that truly characterises the Costa Blanca, it’s the excellent quality of life and wellbeing provided by the warm Mediterranean climate, as well as its rich culture and varied gastronomy, all of which are a big attraction both for tourists and for inhabitants of the area.

Thanks to its weather conditions, it’s no surprise that on the Costa Blanca there is a great wine tradition which brings together wines of very different characteristics. Among these, the production of Moscatel wine stands out. Made with the Moscatel grape, it is one of the most characteristic wine varieties in the Marina Alta region. If you would like a unique experience and the chance to discover one of the most deep-rooted traditions in the area, don’t hesitate! Throw yourself into a route that will take you to taste Moscatel with all five senses.

Live this experience on a guided walking tour on which you will learn techniques for the cultivation and collection of grapes from professionals in the sector and taste the best examples from the region.

This route, created by the BioMoscatell project along with farmers from the area, aims to create a comprehensive experience in which visitors don’t only taste Moscatel wine, they immerse themselves in the process of creating this delicious wine by employing all five senses.

Through sight and touch, you will experience the pruning and collection of the grapes in an unrivalled environment with views of the Mediterranean.

Through taste and smell, you will savour products derived from Moscatel and participate in a tasting of wine and Mistela in the Benitatxell Municipal Market.

So, what about the fifth sense? Through sound, you will hear the magical sounds of nature which surround the vineyards and the process of grape collection.

If you want to enjoy an unforgettable day, don’t miss this unique experience! It costs €35 and takes place from February to May, from 11:00 to 14:30. Routes are offered in English, Spanish, and Valencian. To book your place or get more information, send an email to info@moscatell.org or call directly on 615 398 238 or 96 649 35 46. Savour the tastes of the Costa Blanca! 😊

Discover Benitatxell’s delicious dishes

Discover Benitatxell’s delicious dishes

Gastronomy is one of the Costa Blanca’s main attractions; enjoying the famous Mediterranean diet, which is so rich and varied when it comes to rice, meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, and fruit is a big attraction not only for tourists but also for residents of the area, including those in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort! Join us on a tour of Benitatxell’s typical dishes.

One of the most common dishes in Benitatxell is puchero. This is a type of stew with meat and different vegetables, typically presented in three courses. The first is the broth of the stew, accompanied by rice or noodles. Second, the meat and vegetables used to make the stew. Lastly, you will be served a sweet “ball” made from sugar, almond, sweet potato, cinnamon, and lemon. Although puchero is a typical dish in the area, this sweet dessert gives the dish its local touch, as it is only made in Benitatxell. This dish is normally enjoyed with family on Sundays or bank holidays and is very common at Christmas time.

Coca is typical in Mediterranean cuisine, also found in the region of Marina Alta. Its creation begins with flour, water, oil, and salt, and this dough is then accompanied by different ingredients. The most typical in the area are anchovies, pepper, onion, and aubergine.

Fish is a must in this coastal region and if there is one typical dish from Benitatxell’s fishing traditions, it’s cruet. This is made with rock fish, a typical fish in the area which adds a distinct and intense flavour, accompanied by potatoes and tomato. Other seafood dishes to sample in Benitatxell are arroz a banda, rice with cuttlefish, and octopus puchero, though these are not exclusive to the municipality and can be enjoyed throughout the entire Mediterranean area.

A typical product of the area is broad beans, known more often in the region as faves thanks to the influence of the Valencian language. The beans are used to make dishes such as rice with broad beans or the famous faves sacsades in which the beans are accompanied by sautéed vegetables with poached eggs, cold meat, and rice. A good way to discover some of the area’s typical dishes made with broad beans is by attending the Wine and Broad Beans Festival, held every year in April, in which these beans take centre stage. There are talks and a tapas fair to tell people about this local product and the different ways in which it is used.

As with all types of cuisine, sweet treats are a must! One of the most well known in the area are pasteles de boniato (sweet potato cakes), which have a similar shape to empanadillas but a very sweet flavour. It’s very common to see these around Christmas time.

Buñuelos (doughnuts) are another of the area’s typical sweet dishes. They are made with pumpkin mixed with flour and have a distinctive ring shape. They are normally served with sugar or chocolate sauce and can be found at fairs and markets such as the Christmas Market on the 16th December.

Caspell is another sweet dish which is typical in the area, made with flour, oil, muscatel raisins, and almond sugar.

If your taste buds are tingling and you would like to taste the typical dishes in Benitatxell for yourself, visit the restaurants in the area. For example, at Restaurant La Cumbre in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you will always find high quality, local products. And, if you don’t want to miss out on the news and latest events in the area, follow our blog and our social media channels!

The Three Wise Men are coming to Benitatxell!

The Three Wise Men are coming to Benitatxell!

Christmas is still in the air! And, in Benitatxell, this year it’s more noticeable than ever: in addition to the programme of events, the Reyes Association has been formed once more, aiming to fill Benitatxell’s streets and houses with magic. Something new for this year is the creation of a tent in Plaça de les Pesqueres which aims to encourage the participation of residents and will become a meeting point during this special time.

This Christmas period, it’s all about the little ones in the house! On the 2nd January, children can give their letters to the messenger who will send them to the Three Wise Men so that they can get the presents ready in time.

The Three Wise Men will arrive in Benitatxell on Saturday 5th January at 6:30pm. Their route will begin at the town hall and they will be accompanied by all those who want to join them to the Plaça de les Pesqueres where they will give out presents for the little ones. Since we are all young at heart, don’t miss this parade! Benitatxell is home to people from all over the world and Three Kings Day is a memorable event and a time to appreciate one of the most important Spanish traditions. It’s an experience which must be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime!

In addition, here at VAPF we believe that while Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is a spectacular place to live all year long, during the Christmas period its magic is clearer than ever. Come to enjoy it with us!

Third edition of our Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort magazine now available

Third edition of our Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort magazine now available

One of our goals is to keep the residents of Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort up to date with what’s going on and with the events happening in the community. That’s why we decided to create this magazine… and we’re now on our third issue!

The Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort magazine comes out once every six months, so we have lots to tell you! In this third issue you’ll find detailed information about our Lirios Sunrise development of luxury properties as well as a preview of the Montecala Gardens apartments, something new for 2019.

In this issue, you will also find an article about our Corporate Social Responsibility department and the actions we have carried out in this field, the main organisations we collaborate with, and why we dedicate a large part of our efforts to the different causes that we are involved with.

Of course, we’ll also be telling you about the best events we have experienced over the last few months: we’ll remember the magic of Saint John’s Eve in Cala Moraig, the Belgian National Day party in Restaurant La Cumbre, and the 2nd Classic Car Rally. You’ll also find information about the opening of our new office, VAPF Store Moraira, because we want to be closer to you! There was also the fantastic party for the inauguration of our Blue Infinity luxury apartments in which we welcomed the new owners in this development and enjoyed music and the wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea.

In addition, this Christmas we invite you to participate in the 2nd Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort Christmas Decoration Contest.

In this third issue of the magazine, we also talk about the different services that you can find in the area of Cumbre del Sol, such as Restaurant La Cumbre and Costa Blanca Expeditions excursions. You can also find out about changes at the Lady Elizabeth international school: the new secondary school campus facilities and the new headmaster, Chris Akin – read all about him in the interview we prepared for the magazine! You’ll also get to know Candy Cantillon, owner of VIP Salon in Cumbre del Sol, who did an interview with us about her career and the beauty services she offers.

Download the digital version of our magazine or pick up your print copy from our offices or other locations around Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.

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