Peñón de Ifach: nature and beauty down the road from Cumbre del Sol

Peñón de Ifach: nature and beauty down the road from Cumbre del Sol

With September just around the corner and the onset of autumn temperatures are milder, and perfect for enjoying the final days of summer. The weather is also ideal for visiting and discovering new places.

At Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol we are surrounded by the countryside and some amazing landscapes, so there is always somewhere to visit. September is the ideal time for hiking and adventures don’t you think? We have a plan for an outing which is less than 45 minutes by car from Cumbre del Sol.  What’s the destination? A fantastic day out in a natural setting.

We’re talking about Peñón de Ifach. This natural park is in Calpe, but it is visible from many other parts of the province. In 1987 the Valencian government declared it a nature reserve covering an area of 45 hectares. However, six years ago the protected area was extended to 53.3 hectares.

The Peñón de Ifach is an outcrop of the mountains known as the cordilleras Béticas,  and it rises to an altitude of 332 metres. It provides a striking image, with the peak rising out of the sea in stark contrast to the waters lapping the rock, which is connected to the land by a strip of detritus comprising fragments of rock and shells forming a narrow isthmus.

You can visit the Peñón de Ifach and walk around it. However currently, due to the enormous demand, visiting is restricted and you need to book. Although it continues to be free of charge. As a result, if you’re planning to visit, before you go to Calpe you will need to book a slot to climb the Peñón de Ifach. It’s just a small formality and worth it for a truly enjoyable trip!

The route to the Peñón de Ifach is signposted. Starting out from the car park, the route is about 5 kilometers, and you will discover some amazing sights on the way. One of these is the ruins of the ancient archaeological remains of Pobla d’Ifach. And then, after going through the tunnel that crosses the peak, you will come to a fork. Here you can choose whether to go on to a lookout point or continue your climb to the top.  At the summit, on a clear day you can see the islands of Formentera, Ibiza and Cape Santa Pola. You’ll be blown away by the views!

The peak, with its unique location, is a striking sight but it also boasts plenty of interesting wildlife and vegetation. In fact, at the Peñón de Ifach natural park there are over 400 different plant species. Many of these have been classified as in danger of extinction such as the silene de Ifach.  While the natural park is notable for its varied vegetation, there is also an abundance of wildlife in the Peñón de Ifach Natural Park. It is a haven for over 80 species of birds, including the European shag and the yellow-legged gull.

As you can see, it’s a great place for an outing from Cumbre del Sol.  You can have a picnic in the middle of the Peñón de Ifach park, as there is a specially designated picnic area with shaded tables and a water fountain. Remember, you need to book your visit and then all you have to do is enjoy one of the Costa Blanca’s most prized beauty spots.

The loveliest places on the Costa Blanca for taking perfect photos

The loveliest places on the Costa Blanca for taking perfect photos

There is nowhere on the Costa Blanca that isn’t worth a photograph. With the colours of the landscape, and the Mediterranean light as a natural backdrop, the place is asking for a set of photographs that could easily be mistaken for a professional photo essay. Have you been to some of the area’s famous beauty spots to snap those stunning photos? That’s our excuse for a trip around the province of Alicante.

The region’s villages harbour some real treasures. Altea is a case in point, with an ancient town centre as beautiful as it is historic. That’s why if you visit, not only will you learn a little more about the town’s past, but you can take away some fine snapshots as an enduring memento of your visit.

Another charming little town in Alicante is Villajoyosa with its colourful houses. However, if you’re a city type, the town of Alicante has some places that are perfect for snapshots, taken with your mobile phone or a camera, it doesn’t matter, you’ll get some lovely pictures.

One such spot is Barrio de Santa Cruz, where you will be captivated by its little streets with the opportunity for some great snaps. Other places providing some excellent views are Paseo de la Explanada and the Santa Barbara castle.

There is always talk of nature’s beauty, and with reason. The Costa Blanca is a perfect illustration of this with water featuring prominently in many of these villages. In Alicante province, the sheltered little coves known as calas are as beautiful as ever. Here are a few names for you: Cala del Portixol, Cala Ambolo, Cala del Moraig, Cala Llebeig, la Granadella… There are also some legendary beaches such as the Isla de Tabarca, all well worth some photos.

Still on the theme of sea and water, another really photogenic spot is the island of Benidorm. You probably know it already, precisely because it has so often been the subject of photographs. So go and see for yourself, and take your own photo as a souvenir. We also recommend the famous Peñón de Ifach, in Calpe. To really appreciate this wonder of nature you need to see it for yourself.

And talking of impressive natural phenomena, we should mention the Cova Tallada, in Jávea. It’s not often you get to photograph a cave like this one. It can by reached on foot or by water in a kayak, which might well give your photos that little extra special touch.

Also don’t forget to visit the famous cliffs and gorges in the area. The Barranco de la Encantada, or the Enchanted Ravine in Planes, is really delightful. Aside from its beauty, it also harbours an ancient legend. It is said that a fairy damsel holds a treasure there, waiting to be found. However she only appears every hundred years. Who knows, she might pose for your photo!

Nature is generous and the Costa Blanca has been blessed with numerous beauty spots, all worth a visit and recording forever. The Granadella Natural Park offers the perfect blend of flora and fauna. And as luck would have it, it is right next door to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, so whenever you leave your villa or apartment you can find something new to photograph.

If you are going to travel around Alicante, further away from the sea and closer to the sky you will find the Sierra de Bernia. These mountains belong to the Cordilleras Béticas range and the landscapes and views you will be able to photograph there would grace the pages of a glossy magazine.

Finally, we need to tell you about the best places on the Costa Blanca for viewing and photgraphing sunsets. From the city of Alicante, the heights of Santa Bárbara castle are ideal for watching the sun go down. However, there are other places in the province which you’ll also want your camera lens to capture. This is the case of Jávea’s look out points, a set of fifteen natural balconies where you can watch the sun as it sets on the horizon.

Equally striking are the sunsets from the Balcón del Mediterráneo and the Cruz de Benidorm. Another place that is also very close to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, is Puig de la Llorença. At a height of 445 metres, this vantage point affords incredible views of the evening sun. Have you made your list now? Get your camera and a map and set off on your trip around Alicante province!

Family Fun on the Costa Blanca

Family Fun on the Costa Blanca

The benevolent climate at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, means that summers are longer and we can enjoy fantastic weather throughout September in this corner of the Costa Blanca. If you’re on holiday this month and you have a big family, we tell you how you can make the most of your free time, and make sure that the littlest members will have a very special holiday.

The area surrounding Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is ideal for family fun. We are surrounded by towns and villages that are well established tourist resorts with plenty of cultural activities on offer. We also have amusement parks and water parks close by, a perfect option for children and grownups alike. Want to learn more about what’s on offer? Keep listening!

The great weather means that you can continue to enjoy the beach, the pool and why not water parks as well? They combine water and fun, words that define this time of the year. They can provide more than one memorable day out for children. Benidorm, as the capital of the Costa Blanca is host to most of the water parks. Less than an hour away from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, you’ll find Aqualandia, Mundomar and Magic Robin Hood.

Chutes and slides and other water rides are the main attractions of these parks but that is not all that’s on offer. You can also relax in more tranquil water facilities where visitors can chill out. Aqua Natura is one such place. As well as being entertaining, this Benidorm park also has an educational component. For example, you can get to know the sea lions and learn about conservation of the environment. It is a good way of teaching children how to love animals and nature.

As well as Aqua Natura, another venue that focuses on fauna and flora is Terra Natura. This is a zoo and theme park. Here children can meet their favourite animals up close. The perfect day out? What about making the most of their proximity with a family outing, taking in both places on the same day.

If you’re seeking more adrenaline in your activities on the Costa Blanca you won’t have to go far. Terra Mítica is the most famous amusement park in the Comunidad Valenciana. Arranged into representations of ancient civilisations, it evokes different periods in history, which is also a useful learning opportunity for kids.

Much closer to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, just 15 minutes away by car, is Family Park (Moraira). As the name indicates, it’s a very interesting place to spend a day out on the Costa Blanca with the family. There are seaside activities to be enjoyed for everyone and every age group.

However, aside from parks, at the Resort you can also go horse riding at Cañada del Sol riding stables, play paddle and tennis in the sports zone with trainers and coaches available if you are a beginner, or need to improve your stroke. And if you love the sea at Glamping Dreamsea, there are plenty of activities for all the family, including SUP paddle boarding, kayaking, etc.

Finally, for culture lovers, at Poble Nou de Benitatxell, where you’ll find Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, an event known as “Agost a la fresca” is held every summer. This is an open air cinema festival. Young and old alike will be glued to the screen as they are gently wafted by the warm Mediterranean breeze.

Armed with our list of activities, you and the family will have plenty to do, right up to the last moments of summer. What’s your favourite choice?

Wine and music Wednesdays with Melicatesen

Wine and music Wednesdays with Melicatesen

Who said Wednesdays were boring? Every Wednesday has its charms but especially now in summer, they’re the best. And here’s why!

At Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol we are fortunate in being surrounded by nature, the sea and some incredible towns and villages. Towns blessed with history, culture and traditions, and of course, great cuisine. A cuisine which at Marina Alta, stands out with its spectacular vineyards, renowned for their quantity, quality and beauty.

At VAPF we have always supported cultural events in the vicinity of Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. And your stay there can be full of variety with some wide ranging activities. With that in mind, this summer we present Melicatesen. We are sponsoring this event, to be held every Wednesday throughout July and August, and its basic premise is simply, wine and music. Sounds good, right?

As well as helping to promote the vineyards and wineries in the area and supporting oenology and wine production, clients will also be able to enjoy a pleasant evening of musical entertainment. The scenario varies from week to week as do the musicians. Here is some more information about these Wednesday events which could well become a top date in your weekday schedule.

This month, Melicatesen continues its route and so, on 4 August this week, we’ll be making a detour to the M de Alejandría winery. The guided visit in Teulada can be followed in Spanish, English and French. This winery grows the Muscat of Alexandria grape which is from Africa. And the fact is there is no better place than the Mediterranean for cultivating that characteristic sweet fruity taste.

Following the visit, and during the ensuing tapas and wine tasting, the the strings of classical guitar will provide the soundtrack for a truly memorable evening. Carlos Gardel tangos, or music by composers such as Francisco Tárrega, Fernando Sor, Falla and Albéniz are just some of the melodies in the repertoire of classical guitarist Miquel Pérez Perelló.

We had no idea that music could marry quite so well with wine, but you can try it for yourself this summer in Melicatesen. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss any of our news or events.

 

Everything you need at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol

Everything you need at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol

Although Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is designed as a residential resort for living all year round, summer is the high point of the year. Established residents and newcomers alike arrive at this time of year seeking a great climate, sunshine and sand. And Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol has all this and much, much more. All the services and amenities you need are at hand.

The most basic of life’s necessities, food, health and personal care are all covered thanks to the shopping centre Las Adelfas. With a large supermarket, covering a surface area of 1200m2, it has a wide range of fresh produce, and stocks both national and international products, open from Monday to Saturday all week. The mall also boasts a medical clinic, a pharmacy, a beauty clinic and companies offering maintenance and rental services for the residential homes.

Gastronomic tastes are amply catered for with several bars and restaurants in Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.  There are up to six options to choose from where you can have a great time out as you savour the best of the Costa Blanca’s traditional cusine. For example, if you prefer a family atmosphere, try Restaurante La Cumbre, you’ll love it. For a full dining experience, the Hipica Cañada del Sol is your best choice. However, if you’re looking for a menu with plenty of variety, try a meal at Acantilados del Sol.

And if we’re talking about basic services, you will also have your children’s education ensured. The international college The Lady Elizabeth School is a private educational centre where the teaching is all in English, all year round. And VAPF has signed a collaboration agreement with VAPF offering discounts to new-build homebuyers whose children will be attending the Lady Elizabeth School.

Entertainment and leisure at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol naturally includes sport.  With the sports facilities continuously developing and improving, there is many sporting activities available all year round. One of the most striking of these is the riding school. The Hipica Cañada del Sol offers a number of local horse-riding excursions all year round, including a visit to the Granadella Natural Park. And on top of all that, there are plenty of other horsy activities such as riding lessons, livery services and a children’s farm.

With the sea just a few metres away, diving in the waters near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is one of the most popular activities in the area thanks to the quality of the water and the marine depths.  Moraig beach is an example, and there you will find the “Cova dels Arcs” a cave where the subterranean Riu Blanc river flows into the sea.

And finally, there’s paddle, the sport that has really created a community at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. Our paddle courts are famous in the area and host tournaments all the time. The next one will be held from  5 to 8 August. With women’s, men’s and mixed doubles, it costs just 20€ to take part.

At Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol you won’t have time to be bored. In fact, you can indulge all your gastronomic, sporting or social tendencies without even having to leave our facilities. We’re here waiting for you!

One thousand and one cultural plans for this summer

One thousand and one cultural plans for this summer

In this blog we often refer to the extensive and varied range of cultural activities in and around Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. The cultural activities on offer increase exponentially during the summer months, making the most of the extra hours of light, the warm temperatures and the greater influx of tourists and residents.

And this summer is no exception. Poble Nou de Benitatxell, the location of Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, hosts a number of different cultural activities all summer. Following the fiestas honouring Saint Mary Magdalene at the end of July, August brings further events. On 5, 12 and 19 August you can enjoy the dramatised routes in the local Municipal Market.

If you are looking for something a little bit different, every Friday you can attend the “Moscatell Fridays“. This entails a visit the Muscat grape vineyards where you will discover how wine is produced at first hand.

Xabia is just a few kilometres from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol and its festivals are back this summer. Entry is free, although you will need to book first, and you can rest assured that all the health and safety measures for the pandemic are in place. For music lovers, Xàbia Jazz is back again this year. The music of Juan Perro and La SedaJazz Big Band with Sole Giménez will fill the plaza de la Constitución with sound on 8 and 9 August.

Film buffs will also be catered for with festivals in Xàbia this year. On 10 and 11 September the 10th edition of the Riurau Film Festival will be held, featuring commercial cinema. And Ojos Rojos is a further image related event to be held as the summer winds to a close. This Spanish and Latin American Photography Festival will be held from 17 September to 17 October with an exhibition of snapshots taken by renowned photographers.

In nearby Benissa, the summer events programme also includes sport. Yoga classes will be available almost daily throughout August. But there is always to time to fit in some cinema and a music concert or event.

Benissa also highlights gastronomy this summer with Food Trucks which will be at la Fustera beach from 5 to 8 August. Historical and cultural matters are also to the fore, with guided visits highlighting the medieval charms of the town.

And finally, Altea which, thanks to the beauty of the area and its cultural activities is another dream destination. “Música a boqueta nit” is one of a series of concerts that the town is hosting this summer. Pete Lala (9 August), Inma Mira and Julio Awad (13 August) and Nhamirre Project (26 August) are some of the events planned for this month. If you’d prefer to stroll around and see an exhibition though, there are currently three on show in the town. Arts and crafts, Altea’s maritime history, and Balconades. This last is a traditional event where paintings by well-known or amateur artists are exhibited on the balconies of the houses in Altea’s historic centre.

This summer visit the Costa Blanca and enjoy its wide range of cultural activities.