The Lady Elizabeth School invites you to its Carnaval on the Cumbre!

The Lady Elizabeth School invites you to its Carnaval on the Cumbre!

Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is the location of your dreams: luxury homes by the sea, an incredible natural environment, and the best services such as bars and restaurants, a supermarket, a hair salon, and sports facilities. In addition, it is also home to one of the best international schools in Spain: the Lady Elizabeth School.

For over two decades, the Lady Elizabeth School has welcomed pupils of more than 30 nationalities, making it a truly international environment. The school offers students a wide choice of subjects with English as the curricular language and compulsory Spanish classes until the age of 16, as well as the opportunity to study other languages.

Furthermore, the school stands out as a result of its high teaching standards and is a place which allows pupils to develop both on an educational level as well as on a personal level, with a huge range of extracurricular, sports, and music activities available.

For many years, the Lady Elizabeth School in Cumbre del Sol offered only Primary Education. However, the school has now finished work on its new facilities, opening a new Secondary School campus to bring both educational stages together in just one place where the children can now continue their studies in all educational stages at one same site.

Now that the Cumbre del Sol campus offers a complete education, the establishment is home to over 1,000 pupils and to some exceptional facilities: sporting areas, an auditorium, semi-Olympic pool, and three new buildings.

To commemorate this unforgettable moment in the school’s history, a big event is set to take place: Carnaval on the Cumbre. To make sure that everyone is able to see these new facilities for themselves, the Lady Elizabeth School is organising a Carnaval on its campus on Saturday 23rd March from 12pm to 5pm. There will be activities for children such as bouncy castles, crafts, a talent expo, pedal go karting, a parade, face painting, and so much more! At 2pm, the official opening of the new facilities, including the buildings dedicated to secondary education, will take place.

As sponsors of this event, VAPF will also be present at this celebration which is so important both for the pupils and for our community of neighbours. We’ll be there at a stand where visitors can learn all about our news for 2019, such as our new Montecala Gardens apartments. In addition, those who give us their details will be entered into a prize draw to win a tasting menu for two at the two-Michelin-starred BonAmb restaurant in Javea.

Don’t miss this great event in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort on Saturday 23rd March. We hope to see you there for a day of family fun!

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Costa Blanca: a holiday destination to live in

Costa Blanca: a holiday destination to live in

Though you may also arrive at your next destination with suitcases… this time it will be to stay and live there! The Costa Blanca, with its 240km coastline and its average yearly temperature of 18 degrees, is a haven for those who want a peaceful and ideal home to live in. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that this is one of the healthiest climates in the world. So, are you ready to start your new life in this fabulous part of Spain?

In addition to its good climate, there are three main reasons why the Costa Blanca is your destination to live in:

  • Gastronomy: We’re sure we won’t have to explain much about this point to you. Though the famous Costa Blanca rice dishes are being replicated all over the world, the originals are found here. And, throughout the entire area there are different options so that you can try them all and choose the one you like best! Beyond this typical dish, Alicante also has restaurants where you can sample some delicious dishes. Up to five establishments have at least one Michelin star, and the list keeps on growing!

But it’s not just rice we have here on the Alicante coast. The “denominación de orígen” classification of  Alicante wines is one of the most recognised in Spain and does not include just one type of wine. You will be able to taste wines of all kinds: white, red, sparkling, and fondillón, a unique type of wine from Alicante.

In addition to the wide variety of wines in the area, another star product is chocolate. Very close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is Villajoyosa, a municipality with a great chocolate tradition where there are a number of companies which, for years, have worked to produce the best sweets in the country.

  • Tradition: The tradition of the Costa Blanca is reflected in all areas: both in gastronomy and in the daily life of its people and visitors. The best way to understand a culture is to experience the main holidays and traditions that take place throughout the year. The Moors and Christians, the Bonfires of San Juan, and the Falles are just some of the most important celebrations in some of the municipalities in the region which will help you to better understand the history of an area with many moments to celebrate and to remember.
  • Nature: The status of the Costa Blanca’s climate as one of the healthiest in the world is also due to the large number of natural parks in the area. And, of course, its beaches and coves deserve a special mention. Many of them are very close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.

The numerous possibilities available on the Costa Blanca make it a perfect place to live. Do you need more information about the property developments we have here at VAPF? Contact us via this link and get ready to start your new life on the Costa Blanca.

Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort: a natural paradise within your reach

Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort: a natural paradise within your reach

If you are a nature lover, living in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort gives you the chance to make the most of it. Few people can enjoy the privilege of watching the sunrise every day in your home facing the sea located in an ideal location surrounded by nature. Do you want to discover the most iconic spots and nature parks of the region? Take note and go out to discover them!

The Granadella Natural Park is known for being one of the few places that remain almost untouched on the Mediterranean coast and has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) of the Valencian Community and a Place of Community Interest (SCI) Penyassegats de la Marina. In addition to its great ecological and landscape value, the Granadella Natural Park also conceals some examples of the region’s historical and cultural heritage, such as traditional lime kilns or caves-shelter. In this enchanting area you will also find one of the most beautiful coves in the area, which shares its name with the park: Cala de la Granadella.

The park is just a 15 minute drive from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort and, if you are a sports lover, you can get there by bicycle or by walking along the PR-CV-354. Due to the privileged proximity of the park to Cumbre del Sol, the owners of our luxury apartments and villas can easily enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, snorkeling or mountain biking.

A little further, in the Albir, we find the Sierra Helada Natural Park. Its curious name comes from two reasons: one of them is because it creates a colder microclimate than the surrounding one and the second reason is because some nights the brightness of the moon on the limestone creates a reflection similar to frozen surfaces. The natural park occupies almost the complete mountain range of the same name and stands out for its abrupt relief and cliffs of more than 300 metres. Nearby, in Calpe, is the well-known Peñón de Ifach Natural Park, whose rock has become one of the most recognised icons on the Costa Blanca over the years.

Another of the natural parks less than an hour from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is the Marjal de Pego-Oliva Natural Park, which is characterised by the high quality of its waters, as this area has one of the highest rainfall indices in the Valencian Community. One of the main curiosities of this place are the underground water springs that create small water lagoons. This natural park also highlights its biodiversity, both animal and plant.

The Macizo del Montgó Natural Park is also less than an hour drive from Cumbre del Sol and is characterised by having the largest cliffs in the area, its maximum height of 753 m above sea level and a flora of more than 650 species. It is also home to the Natural Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio de Jávea, a very emblematic place in the province of Alicante.

Begin your adventure! Come and visit each of these places. At VAPF we advise you to wear comfortable clothes, suitable footwear, water and sun protection. We are sure that you will fall in love with every corner!

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! 😊

Costa Blanca: a cyclist’s paradise

Costa Blanca: a cyclist’s paradise

In addition to a high quality of life and its excellent year-round climate, the Costa Blanca has so much more to offer. If we apply these qualities to sport, and focus on the area’s unique landscape, we can see that it is an ideal area for taking part in all types of cycling.

The Costa Blanca is recognised internationally as a cycling paradise. Throughout the month of February there will be two prestigious races held: the first is the Costa Blanca Bike Race, a mountain bike race; and the second is the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, a road cycling race, which this year has one stage in Orihuela and another in Alicante. Both races always have a great number of participants: from Olympic medallists like Carlos Coloma to the current Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas.

Even the Vuelta a España chose the province of Alicante as the setting for its 2016 edition, with a demanding mountain stage which began… in Benidorm! This stage came to an end at the Alto de Aitana mountain peak after passing through Tudons and Coll de Rates, two unmissable climbs for cycling fans visiting the Costa Blanca. Spain’s most important race will be returning to the area this year and in the second stage the cyclists will pedal through Cumbre del Sol to climb the Alto del Puig Llorença.

The options available in the area, along with the good climate, mean that it is popular with fans of the sport throughout the year. However, it’s not just cycling fans who spend time here – professional cycling teams also visit the Alicante mountains in December, January and February to get ready for the season’s most demanding challenges. However, the Costa Blanca terrain offers options for everyone and on the official website you can find 31 routes which are adapted for all levels and types. Have you decided which one you would like to try? Choose the one that most interests you…and get pedalling!

Discover the best castles close to Cumbre del Sol!

Discover the best castles close to Cumbre del Sol!

Alicante is the perfect destination for both those who are looking for a few days of relaxation, and those who want to start a new life close to the Mediterranean Sea. Beyond the beaches with crystal-clear water and the exceptional gastronomy of the Costa Blanca, the Alicante region is also known for its castles and fortresses whose incredible stories will transport you back through time. If you want to experience this adventure for yourself, the Alicante Provincial Council suggests following a Route of 100 Costa Blanca Castles on which you can discover the footprints left by different people and cultures over history.

To start, we suggest you have a look at five of the best castles near Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.

The closest route to Cumbre del Sol is called “The Frontier of fear castle route”. The name recalls the history of these fortifications: the proximity to the sea helped the inhabitants to see when the enemy was approaching the Costa Blanca coasts. For this reason, we can add other towns like Altea, Calpe, Jávea and Denia to this list, among which the Guadalest and Denia castles stand out.

Denia castle was built at the highest point of the town to be able to scan the horizon and watch out for any possible attacks. This characteristic gives us the chance to enjoy a wonderful view while visiting the castle.

In the case of Guadalest, as soon as you get there, you will realise why it is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. The San José Castle, embedded in the rock with the Guadalest reservoir behind, helps us understand why this location was an important fort during the Middle and the Modern Ages.

If we travel south from Cumbre del Sol, we find the “Key to the Kingdom Route”. In this case, we are welcomed by the Santa Bárbara Castle, in Alicante, less than an hour’s drive from Cumbre del Sol. The imposing figure on the top of the Benacantil mountain is one of the most recognisable views of the capital of the Costa Blanca. However, the Castle houses much more inside. The artistic heritage from the Muslim era catches everyone’s attention while walking along the castle esplanade, but the favourite part for all those from Alicante is at the top. From the lookout point, you can admire one of the best panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

Also in the province, we find the “Vinalopó Castles” route where we leave the coast behind for a while and enjoy a beautiful landscape dominated by plains and grapes.

In this route, two must-see castles are the Banyeres de Mariola and the Biar castles.

Both have a double walled enclosure built due to the strategic location. Both castles were built with the clear purpose of dominating a region in which the extensive valleys were once great battlefields.

The Alicante region has several places that are very important from a cultural point of view, and in this post, we have talked about only a few of them!  Have a look at all the castles routes suggested by the Alicante Provincial Council  and choose one that piques your interest. Don’t think twice – come to discover the rich history of the Costa Blanca!