Discover the charm and history of Benitatxell through free guided tours

Discover the charm and history of Benitatxell through free guided tours

If you live at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort you know better than anyone that it’s an invigorating experience for all the senses. The weather, landscapes, and beaches together create the perfect combination for the dream life you’ve always hoped for. However, the Costa Blanca in general and Poble Nou de Benitatxell specifically has hidden secrets and delights that you might not be aware of. To discover them, we propose a series of free guided tours offered by the Town Hall during the following months. If you haven’t considered going, think again and take note of the ones that are happening in September!

Take advantage of this month to discover the centre of Poble Nou de Benitatxell with the History and Heritage Route (La Ruta Histórica y de Patrimonio), which takes place every Friday at 6:00 pm and offers you a glimpse into the history, culture, and gastronomy of the town. The route begins with a guided visit of the Santa María Magdalena church and continues along the “El Portalet” old wall and the Jaume Llobell chapel. The second part of the route focuses on traditional architecture with a visit to the “riuaus” or raisin drying facilities and takes you through the Pous de I’Abiar, the Cova de las Bruixes and ends by contemplating the beautiful landscape of the vineyards. Undoubtedly, this route is the perfect opportunity to better understand the Iberian, Roman, and Muslim past of the town.

On the other hand, the Cliffs’ Route (La Ruta de los Acantilados) offers you a guided tour along the coast next to the cliffs until you reach Cala Llebeig. Thanks to this visit, you can get to know the hidden stories behind the places where smugglers, fishermen, and farmers lived and gathered and collected experiences in this part of the Costa Blanca. Bear in mind that the trail is not an easy one, and runs through cliffs, ravines, and the Cala Moraig fault. If you are interested, the visit takes place every Thursday in September at 5:30 pm.

In addition to these routes, considering Benitatxell’s desire to promote its historical and cultural heritage, the town is organizing another nocturnal route, with the title “Between witches and bandits,” in Spanish, “Entre brujas y bandoleros.” The local historian Pepe Cano was responsible for creating this tour that turned out to be a big success by bringing together more than 100 neighbors and tourists.

If you are interested in discovering the history and attractions that Poble Nou de Benitatxell has to offer, you can register for the guided tours at the tourism office, by calling 96 649 35 46, by sending an email to benitatxell@touristinfo.net or completing the registration form. Don’t wait any longer and delve into the town’s past during the two and a half hours that the guided tours last!

Get ready to discover the best beaches and coves along the Costa Blanca

Get ready to discover the best beaches and coves along the Costa Blanca

Those that don’t believe in paradise haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Spanish Costa Blanca yet. With more than 170 beaches and coves spanning over 200 kilometres of coastline, the beauty of its natural surroundings is undeniable. The Costa Blanca also stands out for the quality of its beaches and coves, as this area holds the largest number of blue flag beaches in Spain, that equals a total of 84 beaches for 2019.

Thanks to the superb location of our Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, right in the heart of the Costa Blanca, you will be able to live year-round in an idyllic setting that offers some of the most beautiful beaches and coves well within reach.

In Benitatxell, you’ll find the Cala Moraig, one of the most magical places along the Costa Blanca. One of the 84 blue flags flies here and there are also impressive natural landmarks, such as the Cova dels Arcs or the Morro Falquí, so you’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous picture postcard scenery every day.

In Teulada-Moraria, you will find the Cala del Portet, a small shell-shaped beach that you’ll never want to leave for the tranquility of its crystal waters and natural surroundings. Once there, don’t miss the Cap D’or peninsula watchtower, where you can admire the scenery and the flora that surround it. The water is shallow and very calm, making it a suitable place for the whole family.

Not far from the previously mentioned beach, you will find the stunning Cala de Barraca, also known as the Cala del Portixol. This small cove is known for its white fishermen’s homes. Likewise, its rocky landscape and crystal-clear waters give it the characteristic feel of a beach paradise. When you go up to the lookout point, you’ll be able to marvel at the incredible sea views and the Island of Porixol that will both leave you speechless.

In Calpe, about half an hour’s drive from Cumbre del Sol, you’ll find the lively beach of La Fossa, with its fine sand and splendid views of the Ifach rock, a true symbol of the Costa Blanca. Its waters are crystal clear, so you’ll be able to do underwater diving and observe the sea floor and rock formations below.

If you continue further along the Costa Blanca, you will reach the famous and picturesque town of Altea where the Cap Negret beach is located. This beach is situated in a quiet area where you can completely disconnect and allow yourself to be carried away by the sound of the waves lapping the shore. In addition, there are many activity options, ranging from peddling a pedalo to riding high on a flyboard, so a great time is guaranteed by all.

The Costa Blanca is surrounded by many natural gems, thanks to the quality of its waters and the incomparable beauty of its landscapes that you will so easily fall in love with. So, if you haven’t already discovered it, what are you waiting for?

The Vuelta a España returns to Cumbre del Sol on August 25th!

The Vuelta a España returns to Cumbre del Sol on August 25th!

If you love cycling, mark your calendar, because you have a special date at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort on August 25th! The 176 cyclists competing in La Vuelta, Spain’s most prestigious cycling event, will be returning to Alto del Puig Llorença at Cumbre del Sol. The mountain pass will determine the final peloton before reaching the finish line, which will be in the town of Calpe.

This will be the third time that the race passes through Benitatxell, but unlike previous occasions, this time it will be a pass through and not a final stage, as was the case in 2015 and 2017. As such, Cumbre del Sol summit will be a key location in determining the outcome of the second stage of La Vuelta.

The organisation has indicated in the route book that the cyclists will be passing through Alto de Puig Llorença between 4:30 and 5:07 pm. Specifically, the three estimated times are as follows: if the peloton is cycling at 40 km/h, the expected arrival time will be 4:37 pm; if the speed is an intermediate 38 km/h, the ascent will begin at 4:51; and finally, if the average is the slowest, at 36 km/h, the cyclists would arrive at 5:07. The pace could turn out to be faster or slower, so we recommend that you get there with enough time to spare if you don’t want to miss anything!

In this stage profile, the Alto de Puig Llorença’s location, 24 km from the finish line, will reduce the size of the peloton, but not enough to stop the sprinters from competing for a victory in Calpe.

La Vuelta 2019 looks to have interesting participation, even though the last two winners at Cumbre del Sol are off sick due to injuries: the Dutchman, Tom Dumoulin, in 2015, and British Chris Froome, in 2017. Colombian Miguel Ángel López, Steven Kruijswijk, Rigoberto Urán, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde are some of the cyclists who will be protagonists during the three weeks of the race and who will be fighting for the red cycling jersey.

For more information, visit the Poble Nou de Benitatxell Civil Protection website: https://www.protecciocivilbenitatxell.com/vuelta-ciclista-espana-2019/

Don’t forget to mark your calendars: on August 25th, the best cyclists of the international peloton will pass through Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort. You can’t miss it!

Discover the best natural springs close to Cumbre del Sol

Discover the best natural springs close to Cumbre del Sol

We have previously mentioned that the Costa Blanca offers many other options beyond its beautiful beaches and coves for taking a dip! In fact, if we are talking precisely about going for a refreshing swim, a great option is to explore the inland areas in the province of Alicante and enjoy the fresh water! In addition, the ideal location of Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort offers you a wide range of options within an hour’s drive – keep reading and don’t miss any of our recommendations!

Less than an hour from Cumbre del Sol

A few minutes from Sella, a town very close to Benitatxell, we find the recreational area Font Major. In addition to being a campesite, it also has a small swimming area with a natural pool surrounded by trees that offer abundant shade and tables to spend the day with family and friends.

Meanwhile, closer to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you’ll find Callosa d’en Sarriá. Here there are two other good options to go swimming: the Estret de les Penyes or the famous Fuentes del Algar. The first option is a spectacular place to take a little break given its location and crystal waters. The waterfall not only attracts swimmers, you’ll also likely see people canyoning on weekends.

Las Fuentes del Algar, Callosa D’en Sarriá’s second inland natural pool, is a popular spot in the province of Alicante. It is one of the few places where you have to pay, but it also has special facilities: toilets, lifeguard and parking.

More than an hour from Cumbre del Sol

Planes – Barranco de la Encantada

Close to Planes you will find Benilloba, where the Molí del Salt offers us another chance to cool off in the Comtat region. A small waterfall runs over into a natural swimming pool, one of the most remote in the whole province of Alicante. It is also a place with a lot of history: the name for Molí del Salt comes from a flour mill dating back to 1760, in which only a few leftover ruins can be seen.

Although the Comtat region is one of the furthest from Cumbre del Sol in this province, the Barranco de la Encantada is one of the most worthwhile visits. Throughout the ravine, there are many pools in which you can stop to enjoy a swim: Toll Blau, Toll Estret or the Gorg del Salt waterfall. Don’t miss out on exploring and discovering the Barranco de la Encantada, with its 8 kilometres of pure and untouched nature.

Close to Planes you will find Benilloba, where its Molí del Salt offers us another chance to swim in Comtat. A small waterfall runs over into a natural swimming area, one of the most remote in the whole province of Alicante. It is also a place with a lot of history: the name for Molí del Salt comes from a flour mill dating back to 1760, in which only a few leftover ruins can be seen.

There is also a zipline, a Tibetan style bridge and abseiling services. The Benilloba local government has set up a picnic area next to the car park, making Molí del Salt a great option for spending the entire day.

Since we are already talking about in the province of Valencia, the Pou Clar in Onteniente is another of the natural inland swimming areas we can enjoy. In fact, the Pou Clar is only one of the 6 pools that we find one after the other at the source of the  Clariano river: Pou Clar, Pou dels Esclaus, Pou Gelat, Pou de laReixa, Pou Fosc and Pou dels Cavallas.

With various options within the province and close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you’ll be able to combine the beaches and coves of the Costa Blanca with the cold waters of the natural pools perfectly.

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.

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