The cuisine of Denia: tradition, personality, and creativity

The cuisine of Denia: tradition, personality, and creativity

Denia is living, breathing cuisine. It’s always been so. But, since 2015, the town was named by UNESCO as being a creative city of gastronomy. The variety, richness, passion, and creativity on display in the kitchens and on dinner plates is the reason why Denia was awarded this distinguished title.

Denia’s deli – The Mediterranean sea

Denia’s cuisine is mainly based on the Mediterranean. The waters that bathe it also offer luxury products. One such being the red prawn which stands out above all others. Such is the tradition and passion for red prawns that even the famous crustacean has a soundtrack created by the famous chef Quique Dacosta. Arroz a banda (rice cooked in fish broth) and dried octopus are other typical dishes of the area. A good example of the reality that the sea has always been an abundance resources.

Other stars of the show

Although Dénia is very much inspired by the sea, Valencian agriculture also plays an important role in its gastronomy. The espencat (which in Valencian means “to crumble with hands”) is a famous salad, containing red pepper, aubergine, tomato, and baked onion accompanied by cod and dressed with olive oil. Going back to the sea, we find another typical dish from Denia with the llandeta. This is a white fish stew that is very common in the Marina Alta area and, as paella is world famous, we must also mention the famous fideuá.

There’s also room for those with a sweet tooth. Pumpkin fritters are a great and healthy alternative to the traditional churros with chocolate. And coca de llanda is probably the most famous snack in the whole Costa Blanca area – a sweet sponge cake to be eaten with a good hot chocolate.

Wine culture is closely tied to the area of the Costa Blanca North. In fact, the oldest winery on the Iberian Peninsula is located in Alto de Benimaquia. Specifically, on the slopes of the Montgó.

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Internationally renowned chefs and restaurants

What is the best way to enjoy Denia’s cuisine? From the dishes of renowned chefs in the best restaurants in the area. The town is a place of work and inspiration for big names in the world of cuisine. Such as Susi Díaz, Joan Roca or Andoni Luis Aduriz, among many others.

But one name automatically jumps to mind: Quique Dacosta. If there is one person who has put Valencian cuisine on the map, it’s this famous chef from Extremadura. His restaurant, Quique Dacosta, is located in Denia (opposite Las Marinas beach). And 3 Michelin stars certify the work behind this ambitious project.

However, beyond this famous restaurant, there are other restaurants very close to Cumbre del Sol. Such as Aticcook, located in the attic of the designer Pepe Cabrera’s showroom. El Raset or Peix&Braxes where the people most refined palates will enjoy the typical gastronomy of Denia.

We think you have enough reasons to drop by Denia and enjoy its local cuisine, don’t you? Keep reading our next articles to learn more about the Costa Blanca North and discover new plans to do near Cumbre del Sol.

Activities to enjoy nature (2): Mountain

Activities to enjoy nature (2): Mountain

Costa Blanca is much more than its paradisical beaches. In this article, we’ll tell you about some activities you can enjoy in nature around Cumbre del Sol. This time, the plans are on dry land: horse-riding, golf, and various spectacular hiking routes for all levels.

Horse-riding in Cumbre del Sol

Riding a horse increases your balance and improves your posture. And if that wasn’t enough, it also increases muscle tone throughout the body and is good for your mental health. And to top it all off, riding the trails of Cumbre del Sol and enjoying the natural scenery turns into a unique experience. Whether you are an experienced rider or have never seen a horse up close, the Cañada del Sol Equestrian Centre offers you everything you are looking for. Lessons, booking guided excursions in different areas and for all levels. It is also a recovery centre and has a restaurant with a daily menu for a great day out.

Horse-riding in the Costa Blanca

Golf courses with captivating views

Golfing in Costa Blanca North is one of the unique experiences of living in Cumbre del Sol. With excellent temperatures all year round, golfing conditions are optimal 365 days a year. Playing golf whilst enjoying the outdoors and good weather is a luxury that only a few special places can boast.

A few minutes away from Cumbre del Sol, you can visit different courses and play your favourite sport. The Golf Club in Javea is a definite one to visit if you don’t want to travel too far and enjoy very well looked after courses. The Ifach Golf Club near Teulada-Moraira is a certainly impressive course. Given its location, you can enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean and the Peñón de Ifach whilst teeing off surrounded by pine trees. Another two very interesting options for golfing around Residential Cumbre del Sol are La Sella and Golf Club Altea. La Sella (near Montgo natural park) with numerous clubs, was designed by José María Olazábal and has 27 holes. Golf Club Altea is another place to enjoy golf and has a 40 year long history.

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Captivating hiking routes

Living in Cumbre del Sol means embracing nature and feeling surrounded by it. Not only for its incredible views of the sea, beaches and coves of the Mediterranean. But also for its extensive green areas and the number of natural parks in the area. One of the best known is the Granadella Natural Park. Thanks to this, the Costa Blanca coastline offers a wide range of spectacular hiking routes.

One of the best known hiking routes is probably the cliff paths. Along the coast of Benitachell there are spectacular geographic features in the form of cliffs. Some of them are even more than 100 metres above sea level. This route separates Cala del Moraig cove from Cala Llebeig cove. It is 4 kilometres long and is quite a pleasant walk due to its low-medium difficulty.

Montgo is one of the best natural parks in the area. There are many different hiking routes to do throughout. We recommend you do the classic route which runs through almost the entire park, it’s not very demanding in terms of slopes and terrain, but it will take you about 6 hours, as it covers about 16 kilometres. Within the natural park there are other interesting routes such as the Cova Tallada and Torre del Gerro.

The Abiar-Calistros route runs around the town of Benitachell and starts right in its town centre. This route focuses more on visiting key points in the town. Some of them being the Plaza de la Iglesia and the Portalet. It also takes you to the camí de la Torreta and the old system of natural wells.

Although this article was supposed to be dedicated to activities on dry land, we think we can make a small exception. We recommend the underwater route to discover the Moraig Cave. Above all, for diving lovers, it is a very interesting dive due to the special geological conditions of the place.

Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol offers a wide and varied range of plans, all falling underneath the same umbrella. Essentially, enjoying nature, the Mediterranean climate and an exclusive area such as the Costa Blanca North. We are talking about exclusivity in every sense of the word. Don’t miss our next articles to discover more activities and news.

Activities to enjoy nature (I): The Mediterranean

Activities to enjoy nature (I): The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea bathes almost 250 kilometres with its waters forming coves, beaches, cliffs, and unique places on the Costa Blanca. Hours, days, and months of sunshine all year round in a unique enclave that shines brilliantly in spring. Taking advantage of the good weather, in today’s article we’re going to tell you about some activities to enjoy nature with friends and family around Cumbre del Sol. Take note!

Visit the coves of Jávea in kayak

Explore the cliffs, crystal clear waters, caves and spectacular coves of Jávea by kayak. Get up close and personal with the aquatic world and be amazed by of one of the most famous coastlines in Spain. The coast of Jávea is the perfect place to enjoy guided kayak routes. Don’t worry if you’ve never used a kayak before, if you know how to swim and are in good enough shape, that’s more than enough, you’ll be accompanied at all times. One of the best ways to get in touch with the sea and relax on a day of calm waters.

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Beach and mountain? In the same place?

Can’t decide what to do and looking to tackle both beach and mountain? DreamseaSurf Camp Mediterran is your best option. An authentic luxury glamping site on the cliffs of Cala Moraig, with 21 tents and terraces where you can enjoy views of the sea. A different and stylish type of accommodation to enjoy a few days off be surrounded by nature. Stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, kayaking and many other activities such as yoga, mountain biking and hiking await you in this popular destination. Without a doubt, this is a place where you can enjoy all of the Costa Blanca to the fullest.

Snorkelling, a classic

And just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. There are many places to snorkel in Alicante. From the long sandy beaches to the secluded coves, you can snorkel and find many surprises. Discover the seabed among the rocks and meadows of Posidonia oceanica. A huge variety of marine fauna hides in this area. A few minutes away from Cumbre del Sol you can find coves that seem to have been created specifically for snorkelling. We recommend the coves of Les Rotes and Cova Tallada (in Dénia). As well as the Barraca cove (Jávea) and Fossa beach (Calpe). If you want to stay closer to home, we suggest Moraig cove (Benitachell).  You can also visit some of Benissa’s coves such as Llobella, Advocat or Pinets. All of them are perfect for immersing yourself and enjoying this corner of the Costa Blanca.

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Enjoy the peace and quiet

Maybe you feel like leaving your snorkelling gear at home, or you don’t feel like kayaking. If that’s that case, there’s nothing like enjoying the coastline from a boat. The perfect plan to discover the coastline by sea from Cumbre del Sol to the south of Alicante. Costa Blanca has a number of locations that are paradise. And which, of course, give the coves of Formentera or the sunsets in Ibiza a run for their money.

We think that Dénia is a good place to start, where you’ll find a natural cave like the Cova Tallada. Cabo de San Antonio (Jávea) is another good place to spot wildlife. This area is known for being frequented by sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and birds. In Jávea, you can also find the Bay of Portixoll, a classic for sailors in the area due to its scenic beauty. We cannot fail to mention the port of Moraira, one of the best located on the Costa Blanca. It is known above all for its superb location, sheltered by Cabo la Nao and Cabo Moraira, as well as the Peñón de Ifach. It’s also very close to the old town and has a wide range of restaurants and shopping areas.

The Mediterranean is like the deep sea waiting to be discovered, inside and out. Stay tuned for the next articles in our blog where we will bring you more plans and activities for summer.

Enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca

Enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca

With April comes Easter, a time that’s interesting to tourists in almost all parts of Spain and, in particular, in Costa Blanca. Here’s a series of plans and options near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol to spend this holiday season in one of the most popular destinations throughout the year.

Easter brings an extra incentive to any resident or anyone who wants to spend a few days here, a truly luxurious offer. Watching the traditional processions with excitement, exquisite cuisine, and the famous dreamy beaches, all tied together with rich historical and cultural heritage sites.

Torrijas and Easter mona cake – easter’s sweet staple foods

When Easter arrives, it’s tradition in Costa Blanca to bake some of the famous Easter sweets. Flour, yeast, milk, egg, butter and sugar are more than enough to make the famous mona de Pascua cake. On Easter Sunday itself, tradition rules in Alicante. Families get together to have a snack and eat this dessert outside in nature (beach, mountain, countryside…). Interestingly, the mona has always been considered a loving gift from the grown-ups to the youngest members of the family.

The other star dish of Easter in Costa Blanca is torrijas. It’s surprising how something so simple can have such a spectacular flavour. Stale slices of bread soaked in red wine or milk with lemon and cinnamon, dipped in whisked egg and then fried in oil. Some people serve them coated in cinnamon and sugar and others sweeten them with syrup.

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Processions in Alicante

Holy Week in Costa Blanca is, above all, a festival of religious tradition that year after year attracts many visitors due to its incredible, emotional processions. Throughout the municipalities of the area, you can enjoy activities such as the famous procession of silence on Holy Thursday and the procession of the Holy Burial, the protagonist of Good Friday, in which women who wish can accompany the Holy Sepulchre dressed in a black shawl and veil. Two processions in the city of Alicante are worth mentioning: the procession of the Holy Supper on Holy Thursday, which is one of the most famous in Spain and helps a good cause, as after the procession, the food that is placed on the table of the procession is donated to a home for the elderly. And, on the other hand, the palm trees of the Explanada are witnesses to the most popular and familiar procession of all those celebrated in the city, that of the Borriquita on Palm Sunday.

Other processions to take into account if you want to experience what Holy Week is all about are those of La Pasión in the town of Orihuela, in which more than 8,000 Nazarenes and around 1,200 musicians parade; and the procession of Los Tres Abrazos (The Three Embraces) in Crevillente.

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Days out, music, markets…

There is also room for other non-religious activities to enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca. It’s a tradition in some towns such as Moraira-Teulada to play live music in the streets. In the city of Alicante, the Jornadas de Cuaresma (Lenten Days) are held to promote the hotel and catering industry throughout the province with the help of the best chefs in the area.

It’s also interesting to wander around the historic centre of any municipality in Costa Blanca, especially those of Altea, Dénia, Benitachell and Moraira, and discover their most emblematic spots, such as the medieval market that takes place in Calpe during easter, where you can buy typical Costa Blanca handicrafts.

And what about outdoor plans? Easter is the perfect time to discover natural areas such as the Benitachell cliffs route, take a stroll along the L’Andragó cove in Moraira or have an aperitif in the marina of Altea.

As you have seen, during Easter Week the towns and villages of  Costa Blanca dress up and put on hundreds of events that make the Alicante coastline a splendid place to be. The perfect mix of discovering and getting to know religious traditions and enjoying a unique area on the Mediterranean coast. Don’t miss our next blog articles in which we will continue to tell you about more things to do near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.

Make the Most of Spring in Costa Blanca

Make the Most of Spring in Costa Blanca

We almost always associate the coast with summer, tourism, sun and beach, but not all plans have to be in summer! Spring is the perfect time to experience the Mediterranean climate. Proof of this are the luxury plans that are sure to make you enjoy Northern Costa Blanca, in Cumbre del Sol and its surroundings.

Gourmet Cuisine

For the most exquisite and demanding tastebuds, Northern Costa Blanca is the perfect place thanks to the fusion of the Mediterranean soul with exquisite raw materials along with the research and professionalism of the best chefs, such as Quique Dacosta, Alberto Ferruz or Nazario Cano, among others.

La oferta gastronómica es muy rica y variada, desde tapas elaboradas en diferentes establecimientos de la zona, hasta la cocina de más alto nivel, todo ello maridado con excelentes vinos elaborados.

The cuisine is rich and varied, from tapas prepared in different establishments in the area, to the highest level of cuisine, all paired with excellent wines.

There are 11 Michelin-starred restaurants in Costa Blanca.

We recommend you to visit La Cumbre Restaurant in Cumbre del Sol, a long-established restaurant that always prepares an excellent menu with local seasonal products and the recently distinguished as the best European restaurant Quique Dacosta in Dénia, both places are the real deal in the area.

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Wine Tourism

Wineries, tastings in the Marina Alta, artisans, vineyards… Northern Costa Blanca, and more specifically the Marina Alta region, is one of Spain’s longest-standing winemaking regions. In fact, the province of Alicante is home to the oldest remains of wine production on the Iberian Peninsula. Northern Costa Blanca is deeply rooted in wine culture. The range of plans is so extensive that we invite you to read our article on places not to be missed if you consider yourself a true wine lover.

Spas

Enjoying spring in this area is almost a must, but even in the best moments and places, you need to take a break and breathe. What better way to do it than in thermal pools, in jacuzzis, or with a hydromassage treatment? You should always take care of yourself inside and out and the Pure Wellness centre in Cumbre del Sol is the perfect option if you want it all without going too far.

Boats, yachts… Enjoy the Mediterranean!

Taking advantage of the fact that in spring we’re not in sweltering heat, it’s a real pleasure to be able to go out for a sailboat ride and explore the coastline. Coves, paradisiacal beaches, and cliffs give way to an atmosphere of exclusivity and luxury, where a bottle of cava or champagne is always welcome while admiring the wonderful views.

The marinas of Marina Greenwich (Altea) and Dénia are the epitome of style, distinction and charm in a superb location at the foot of the bay with stunning sea views. And if you fancy cooling off and taking a dip in two of the best coves on the Costa Blanca North, take note of Cala Moraig, with a blue flag, and Cala Llebeig, both within Cumbre del Sol.

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Art to get inspired

Northern Costa Blanca is, historically, an area of artists and artisans of all kinds who have decided to settle here, and the light of the Mediterranean, coupled with the bohemian atmosphere of Costa Blanca has been a source of inspiration throughout history. Unique pieces, such as handmade jewellery, sculptures, paintings… all of them priceless works that come out every year from small workshops spread all over the North of Costa Blanca.

The town of Altea is home to the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Alicante and is considered one of the artistic and cultural capitals of the Valencian Community, a home for  poets, writers, painters and all kinds of artists.

There is also room for other seasonal activities: theatre, music and various art exhibitions in the numerous cultural centres such as the Palau de Altea, el Auditori Teulada-Moraira, or the Espaid’ArtContemporani Salvador Soria, among others.

The most important thing – Family

We should also mention the wide choice of family plans to enjoy with the little ones. Day trips, guided tours, nature walks, amusement and water parks… these are just a few examples of the many family activities that the Costa Blanca North has to offer.

As you can see, there’s so many cultural activities to enjoy close to Residential Resort Cumbre Del Sol. There is no shortage of reasons to choose Northern Costa Blanca to enjoy spring. Have we left anything out? Tell us about it.

Discover the latest trends in interior and exterior decoration

Discover the latest trends in interior and exterior decoration

We create modern, elegant, clean, and idyllic designs following the most avant-garde trends. We do this in perfect locations where light and the Mediterranean are the main focus. But, above all, we create homes. We put all our efforts into designing a unique space in which you and your loved ones will feel at home like never before.

At VAPF we work on taking care of the interior and exterior of your home. Discover in this article the new trends in interior and exterior decoration for your home, all of them present in the Montecala Gardens apartments at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.

Wood and black have always gone well together and are becoming an almost timeless trend. The sophistication, elegance, strength, and character of black together with the warmth and connection to nature that wood brings creates interesting, contrasting and visually striking spaces that work equally well in both large and smaller spaces.

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A very popular 2022 trend in decoration is blending and mixing different elements. A trend that combines design and functionality, such as having a dining table integrated into your kitchen worktop. Perfect for cooking and serving and thus being able to make the most of all the spaces in the house.

Decoration and style can also be seen in the bathrooms. The use of imitation marble ceramics with a white background is very much in vogue and combined with black taps it provides a very elegant contrast that gives the bathroom a personality of its own.

The most special feature of these bathrooms is how they lead into the master bedroom. You feel totally consumed in its space with its glazed walls, giving a sensation of greater surface and amplitude to this space.

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The 70s are back – Wallpaper and reliefs are back with a vengeance.

There is no better way to highlight part of a room than with a design that is different from the rest. Wallpaper offers you a wealth of options: geometric prints, floral, imitation stone… The use of this material can be used on the wall where the bed is located to reinforce the headboard, or in the case of a more minimalist decoration, as a substitute for it. On the other hand, for more daring decorations, the use of reliefs on walls is a technique that has been used since ancient times. Since Ancient Egypt, artisans drawing images on walls was only available to the great elites of society, synonymous with wealth and luxury. Today it is used to replicate that craftsmanship, although its designs are much cleaner and adapt to the rest of the house, always in harmony with the rest of the decoration.

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The garden is a fundamental part of VAPF homes as it plays very important part of our clients’ lives. Incorporating nature into the home is essential, connecting indoors and outdoors, with the aim of creating a comfortable place to enjoy every day. One of the main trends is to opt for a low-maintenance garden, planting native flowers that don’t require much water, letting the seasons take effect. Lighting should also be considered in designing the garden, creating different atmospheres according to your preferences. And, so that everything works together, it’s necessary to support the garden with some light construction for it to take shape, making the most of natural elements such as wood and stone that tie it all in.

Cumbre del Sol, and specifically the Montecala Gardens apartments, are the best example of the latest trends in interior and exterior decoration this year. We hope you have enjoyed this article and that it has inspired you to give your home a modern twist. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive information about our villas, apartments, and inspirational content and upcoming blog posts where we will keep you informed about tips and ideas for your home.