Live in Cumbre del Sol and connect with nature

Live in Cumbre del Sol and connect with nature

The Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is a paradise for the senses, not just because of its proximity to the sea and impressive views of the Mediterranean, but also its strategic location for nature lovers and all those who want to enjoy the outside world as much as they can.

From Cumbre del Sol, you’ll have a wide variety of options through which to connect with nature. There are cycling routes, activities such as diving, and various hiking routes. It also enjoys close proximity to Granadella Natural Park, a location that any nature lover would be glad to have nearby.

In terms of cycling routes, there are several options with differing levels of difficulty. One of the most popular routes, which is suitable for beginners, is known as the Abiar-Los Molinos route. It’s ideal to do with the family, since it enables you to discover the wonderful landscapes in the zone furthest from the coastline. On this route you’ll see the fields of vineyards and other crops, as well as typical agricultural constructions such as riuraus. This route is circular, starting and ending at the Calle del Mercado, is 6km long, and normally takes around 30 minutes to complete.

Another of the cycling routes in the area is known as Calistros. It is fairly similar to the previous route, though of a shorter distance: it is 3.85km long and takes around 20 minutes. The starting point for this route is also at the Calle del Mercado, and it is circular, ending at this same location. This route is close to the town centre, and allows you to discover the area’s rural surroundings.

More experienced cyclists will enjoy the Puig Llorença Route. This route is 9.4km long, with an approximate duration of 90 minutes. The difficulty comes from the steep incline, but the route is worth doing since it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the coastal area by bike while you admire the huge cliffs. This route begins and ends in the same place as the previous two.

Here at VAPF Group we’d like to remind you of the importance of respecting, whether we’re walking or cycling, both other people enjoying the routes as well as the fauna and flora we find on our way.

This part of the Mediterranean Coast is well known for its underwater beauty, and there are different snorkelling and scuba diving routes to go on here. One of the snorkelling routes is found in the cove at the Playa del Moraig beach, where diving fans will be able to enjoy the different species of animals in the area: the Ornate wrasse, sea urchins, and even sea bass. Another possible route is in Cala Llebeig, considered one of the most beautiful coves along the Costa Blanca coastline. On this easy route you’ll find marine species such as sea bass and striped seabream. One of the most famous snorkelling routes in the area is known as Testos, since it is in the cove of the same name. The difficulty level is medium, and you’ll have the chance to see species from starfish to fish such as the sargo.

If you’re a more experienced scuba diver looking to go on an underwater route, there’s the one at Raco de I’illot, inside the Cova del Arcs cove on Moraig beach. Experts advise choosing to go in the afternoon when there is shade in the area, with the use of a torch.

Hiking lovers can also choose from a variety of routes on which to connect with nature. The most well known is undoubtedly the “Ruta de los Acantilados” or “Cliff Route”. This trail is ideal for enjoying the spectacular sea views as well as discovering the old caves used by fisherman. It’s linear and takes around an hour, so completing the walk and returning to the same starting point would take around two hours in total. The route is 4km long and begins from the car park above Cala del Moraig. Another option is the Falla del Moraig route, whose name comes from the monument at the end of the trail. On this walk, which is only 276 metres long, the most spectacular feature is the chance to see the entire Moraig beach with the Cap de la Nau in the background. A difficult route, the ruta dels Testos, takes place in what is known as the Barranc de l’Infern. The distance of this route is 500m one way, and if we take into account the return journey, it would take around 40 minutes to complete. On the last section of this route, it is necessary to use ropes to make the final descent safely. The Abiar-Abastros route is fairly similar to the one mentioned previously which is completed by bike, though on foot it would take around two hours.

To connect with nature, there’s nothing purer or more special than a walk through Granadella Natural Park, within easy distance of Cumbre del Sol. A true paradise for the senses and the perfect place to breathe in the fresh air and indulge in your love of the Mediterranean Sea views.

A new and dynamic headmaster with global experience will begin a new chapter at the Lady Elizabeth School

A new and dynamic headmaster with global experience will begin a new chapter at the Lady Elizabeth School

After a worldwide search for a new Head of School for one of the most outstanding international schools in Spain, the International Schools Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Akin as new headmaster of The Lady Elizabeth school. Chris will take up this new post in September this year, when the secondary school’s new campus in Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell, is inaugurated – the perfect time to begin a new chapter in the life of this great school.

Regional Director of Europe, Nick Rugg, said: “Chris joins us with a wealth of international leadership experience. He is currently the Head of Beijing City International School and has previous Headship and Senior Leadership experience in countries as diverse as Peru, Indonesia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Switzerland. His wife is Peruvian and they have two teenage children. Chris was the standout candidate in our search and will be a real asset to the School, to ISP and to the whole learning agenda.”

During his interview, Chris met a cross-section of the school community, including the management team, teaching and non-teaching staff, and some of the pupils. It was a unanimous decision and everyone is looking forward to Chris and his family becoming part of the strong Lady Elizabeth family.

When asked about his new role, Chris said: “I am delighted to be joining The Lady Elizabeth School, as Head of School, this September!  During my visit for interviews I saw a thriving and very busy learning community – with wonderful and warm relationships between students and teachers, a clear and evident focus on learning and support for each and every student.  The clearest indicator of the health of a school is how happy the students and staff are to be there, and that is exactly what you find when you visit LES.  Sandra and I look forward to calling LES our home for our next exciting chapter in our lives!”

If you choose to live in one of our houses in Cumbre del Sol, you will be offering your children the opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the world, with a new headmaster who, thanks to his great experience, will help them to guarantee themselves a prosperous future.

If you love the sea, visit Club Náutico Moraira

If you love the sea, visit Club Náutico Moraira

If you love the sea and water sports, just 15 minutes from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort you’ll find Club Náutico Moraira, a non-profit organisation which has been open since 1985. Its mission is to promote nautical and sporting activities with a great deal of enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for the sea, as well as the support of the 750 members.

Within the Valencian Community’s nautical tourism sector, Club Náutico Moraira is one of the best clubs when it comes to value for money. It has a team of 25 employees, with more in the summer, who are at the customers’ full disposal in the club’s different areas. The staff are true experts in port management and nautical services and speak several languages to offer the very best service to members and clients.

Club Náutico Moraira is located in unrivalled natural surroundings and offers first-class services and facilities including boatyard management, fuel station management, management of mooring rentals, and boat repair. It also has various commercial premises such as nautical shops, restaurants, and cafés.

Club Náutico Moraira

 

Don’t miss the excellent food in the club’s restaurant while you enjoy some unrivalled views of the port. It serves delicious Mediterranean dishes and has an outdoor terrace and chill out area which is ideal for warm summer nights.

If water sports are your thing, join the more than 400 students in the Sailing and SUP School which is in the natural setting of Moraira bay and offers first-class facilities and equipment. A group of trained and enthusiastic professionals are in charge and offer classes for adults and children from the age of eight. All classes can be taught both in English and Spanish to ensure a fun day for everyone, always keeping in mind the safety measures and seriousness required by the sea.

If you prefer to discover the sea from in the water, visit La Galera Diving Centre. They have extensive experience in diving, first diving experiences, and underwater routes, which are the perfect way to discover the sea’s hidden beauty with the support of highly qualified staff.

Throughout the year, the club organises different sporting events such as recreational fishing competitions, regattas, and the Spanish Powerboating Championship. According to Tomás Solano, director of Club Náutico Moraira, the most popular event is the Gourmet Race, a regatta in which all the participants are given an ingredient, normally a seafood product, and must cook a dish while sailing. Many internationally recognised chefs have taken the role of judge in the six editions of the competition, with distinguished chef Joël Robuchon, who has earned the highest number of awards of all time with a total of 38 Michelin Stars, standing out.

From the start, Club Náutico Moraira has been aware of the need to look after its natural surroundings. It was one of the first companies to obtain a Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters, and it meets the highest standards of quality in its boatyard management. “We are a company which is open to everyone and a driving force for development for the whole community. We want to carry on promoting nautical activities and sport with our members, collaborators, and clients” concludes director Tomás Solano.

Whether it’s to attend an event, try a sport, or spend an unforgettable day by the sea, Club Náutico Moraira is waiting to welcome you.

Try the best Mediterranean food at Chiringuito Cala de Moraig

Try the best Mediterranean food at Chiringuito Cala de Moraig

Located in the paradise-like Cala del Moraig cove at the foot of Cumbre del sol, you’ll find Chiringuito Cala de Moraig, an ideal place to surprise your palate as you take in the unbeatable sea views. This delightful beach bar, surrounded by cliffs and the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, entices you to spend quality time with friends and family and enjoy both the climate and food of the Costa Blanca.

 

This classic Spanish beach bar serves delicious Mediterranean dishes such as baby squid, calamari, and cuttle fish, cooked with fresh ingredients and fish from Moraira bay. Their speciality is their paella, especially “Arroz a Banda” and black rice, and they offer excellent value for money.

 

Their exceptional paellas received a special mention in VOGUE Spain magazine as a must-try dish this summer. Famous three-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta also named Chiringuito Cala de Moraig as one of his 10 favourite restaurants in the Alicante Province. He recommends trying their outstanding paellas and fish dishes that couldn’t be fresher, and adds: “If I go missing, you might find me there

 

 

Lose yourself in the magic of this cove and its exquisite cocktails and wines – the ideal way to spend a warm summer evening. For an atmosphere that’s even more special, in July and August there is live music every night from Wednesday to Sunday: rock on Thursdays, Spanish pop on Fridays, a DJ on Saturday evenings, and a pop and rumba band on Sundays.

 

Open since 2003, their experience allows them to deliver a culinary experience that won’t disappoint, while their staff offer the best service in English and Spanish, adapted to their customers. They are open every day of the week from 9:00 in the morning to 12:00 at night in summer; they provide toilets, a shower, and wheelchair access; and you can be served on the terrace or get your food to go.

 

 

Don’t miss a visit to this cove and its beach bar near Cumbre del Sol this summer, and if you go in peak season don’t be left without a table – book before you arrive!

Try Restaurante La Cumbre’s set menu for spring

Try Restaurante La Cumbre’s set menu for spring

Restaurante La Cumbre, in Cumbre del Sol, is a friendly, family-run business that has been serving its customers exquisite dishes for over 25 years. Its Mediterranean-style cooking combines tradition and innovation to perfection, while the unique location offers stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Its cuisine is inspired by traditional recipes from the Costa Blanca, cooked with fresh seasonal products.

For all fans of fine dining, here is the set menu for spring:

 

A variety of tapas:

  • Ensaladilla Rusa with tuna
  • Smoked Idiazabal cheese mousse with quince paste
  • Patatas Bravas with a homemade sauce
  • Crispy chicken and cinnamon samosas
  • Carrot and curry croquettes

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  • Lemon sorbet with cava

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  • Grilled salmon in a citrus sauce
  • Sole in almond sauce
  • Pork Osso buco with wild rice
  • Roast lamb
  • Vegetable empanada with spices and a tomato-based sauce

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  • Lemon and pumpkin cheesecake
  • Rice pudding with cinnamon ice cream
  • Corn sponge with berries and soy ice cream

Bread and alioli

½ bottle of wine per person

Price per person: €20 (10% VAT included)

 

The restaurant can also adapt its spring set menu to the needs of the customer, offering a vegetarian version, vegan version, and versions adapted to any food intolerance. This menu is available every day.

Services at Restaurante La Cumbre

The restaurant has qualified staff who can assist customers in several languages, and offers menus in Spanish, English, French, German, and Russian. Attention to detail is key at this restaurant to ensure that customers have a pleasant dining experience.

As the weather improves, the restaurant will open its spectacular summer terrace which offers a large pool where guests can cool off, and loungers for relaxing in the sun with a delicious cocktail or appetizer.

Apart from their seasonal set menus, the restaurant menu offers a wide variety of dishes with chef recommendations, special set menus for holidays, and a children’s menu. It is also the ideal place to celebrate weddings, christenings, communions, and other types of events in surroundings which are truly outstanding. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 22:30.

Thanks to the restaurant’s ideal location in the Residential Resort, those who live in Cumbre del Sol will be able to enjoy fine dining at Restaurante La Cumbre all year round.

Grupo VAPF collaborates with the NGO Doctors Without Borders

Grupo VAPF collaborates with the NGO Doctors Without Borders

Grupo VAPF Group has made an economic donation to the organization Doctors Without Borders, thus becoming a Company Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders –or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)- is a medical-humanitarian NGO that assists people threatened by armed conflicts, violence, epidemics or neglected diseases, natural disasters and exclusion from medical care.

The association gathers mostly a doctor and a member of heath care services  although there are also other professionals working alongside the medical team.

Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 as a medical action independent of geopolitical interests, which goes where is require by people in medical distress in need of urgent medical assistance, and without discrimination based on race, religion or politics.

The humanitarian work of DWB is based on the principles and values ​​established in its statutes: neutrality, impartiality, non-discrimination, personal commitment and medical ethics.

“Medical action and testimony” is the double social mission of DWB, which was created by doctors and journalists. By making direct attention, DWB is a first-hand witness that supports the people affected by crises, and has the capacity to influence those who have the first responsibility to respond.

Like medical action, the activities for the testimony and influence are carried out from the independence of any political, economic or religious position.