Discover Benitatxell’s delicious dishes

Discover Benitatxell’s delicious dishes

Gastronomy is one of the Costa Blanca’s main attractions; enjoying the famous Mediterranean diet, which is so rich and varied when it comes to rice, meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, and fruit is a big attraction not only for tourists but also for residents of the area, including those in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort! Join us on a tour of Benitatxell’s typical dishes.

One of the most common dishes in Benitatxell is puchero. This is a type of stew with meat and different vegetables, typically presented in three courses. The first is the broth of the stew, accompanied by rice or noodles. Second, the meat and vegetables used to make the stew. Lastly, you will be served a sweet “ball” made from sugar, almond, sweet potato, cinnamon, and lemon. Although puchero is a typical dish in the area, this sweet dessert gives the dish its local touch, as it is only made in Benitatxell. This dish is normally enjoyed with family on Sundays or bank holidays and is very common at Christmas time.

Coca is typical in Mediterranean cuisine, also found in the region of Marina Alta. Its creation begins with flour, water, oil, and salt, and this dough is then accompanied by different ingredients. The most typical in the area are anchovies, pepper, onion, and aubergine.

Fish is a must in this coastal region and if there is one typical dish from Benitatxell’s fishing traditions, it’s cruet. This is made with rock fish, a typical fish in the area which adds a distinct and intense flavour, accompanied by potatoes and tomato. Other seafood dishes to sample in Benitatxell are arroz a banda, rice with cuttlefish, and octopus puchero, though these are not exclusive to the municipality and can be enjoyed throughout the entire Mediterranean area.

A typical product of the area is broad beans, known more often in the region as faves thanks to the influence of the Valencian language. The beans are used to make dishes such as rice with broad beans or the famous faves sacsades in which the beans are accompanied by sautéed vegetables with poached eggs, cold meat, and rice. A good way to discover some of the area’s typical dishes made with broad beans is by attending the Wine and Broad Beans Festival, held every year in April, in which these beans take centre stage. There are talks and a tapas fair to tell people about this local product and the different ways in which it is used.

As with all types of cuisine, sweet treats are a must! One of the most well known in the area are pasteles de boniato (sweet potato cakes), which have a similar shape to empanadillas but a very sweet flavour. It’s very common to see these around Christmas time.

Buñuelos (doughnuts) are another of the area’s typical sweet dishes. They are made with pumpkin mixed with flour and have a distinctive ring shape. They are normally served with sugar or chocolate sauce and can be found at fairs and markets such as the Christmas Market on the 16th December.

Homemade donuts with icing sugar powder on a wooden background

Caspell is another sweet dish which is typical in the area, made with flour, oil, muscatel raisins, and almond sugar.

If your taste buds are tingling and you would like to taste the typical dishes in Benitatxell for yourself, visit the restaurants in the area. For example, at Restaurant La Cumbre in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you will always find high quality, local products. And, if you don’t want to miss out on the news and latest events in the area, follow our blog and our social media channels!

Find a property with expert help

Find a property with expert help

Finding the perfect home is a process which usually takes a good deal of time, especially when we are determined to do the searching ourselves. However, just as we take the car to a mechanic when it needs to be repaired, why shouldn’t we look to professionals in the field of real estate for help with our search? After all, they will know better than anyone both how to guide us and where to find the apartment of our dreams. While finding an estate agency which knows what to look for, how to find it and where to search can sometimes be difficult, don’t worry! Follow these tips and you will find your perfect property with the help of a good estate agent.

  1. Above all, experience

The more experience the agency has, the greater their knowledge of the market. For this reason, the first thing to look at when choosing an estate agency is how many years they have been working in the sector. After all, the more years that go by, the more skill and knowledge can be acquired which then enables them to offer clients a better service. Without experience, these cannot be achieved.

As well as knowing how many years the company has worked in the market, a good way to understand the quality of service they offer is to ask their past clients, who will be able to give you a sincere and objective opinion about the treatment they received.

Take into account that when we talk about the agency’s “knowledge”, we are referring to all the possible problems that could arise during the process of purchasing a property, whether these are financial issues or legal ones, such as mortgage law.

  1. Service from start to finish

Ensure that the company you choose will accompany you throughout the entire process, from listing your priorities for the home until you receive the keys. Knowing that the agency will be by your side offers assurance and saves many a headache on the way.

When a new property is being acquired, it’s important that the company makes sure that the property is in an optimal state to live in. This includes the energy supply, plumbing and lighting, among other things.

When it comes to the electricity and gas supply, one of two situations could apply: the home either has a connection or it does not. If it doesn’t, it will be necessary to request a connection with the area’s designated supplier. The request can be made through a phone call or on the Internet with some of them, such as Endesa.

If the supplies are already connected, the company should request a check of the facilities before the keys are handed over. A name change will be necessary for the new owners to be responsible for the electricity and gas contracts. On this website you can find all the necessary documentation and information about the process of requesting this change with energy suppliers.

  1. Honesty and trust

Without doubt, trusting your estate agent is important in the process of searching for a property. This makes the relationship between the client and the company easier. Make your priorities and requirements for the home, as well as the maximum amount that you would be prepared to pay, clear from the start. This way, the agent can limit the search to include only what really suits your needs.

Join the Dylan Mary Tennis Academy in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Join the Dylan Mary Tennis Academy in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Cumbre del Sol is, without doubt, a paradise on the Costa Blanca. Living here means relaxation and admiring the wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea every day from your own home. However, it’s not just tranquillity that you will enjoy here; this area offers a wide range of services such as the Dylan Mary Tennis Academy which is the perfect option for those who live in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort and love this sport. The academy enjoys a strategic location just 10 minutes from Moraira and 20 minutes from Jávea.

Dylan, the owner of the academy, is 30 years old and a professional tennis coach from France. He began playing tennis at the age of 13 and has been working as a trainer for 14 years. He has extensive experience, having worked as the head coach for professional tennis players from France, England and Spain before settling in this paradise location in Costa Blanca North.

Now that he has his own tennis academy in Cumbre del Sol, he teaches classes for people of all ages and levels. There are groups for children from two to three years old in which they are introduced to the sport in a fun and playful way; classes for children aged four to seven where they can learn the basic concepts and develop their hand-eye coordination; and classes for children and teenagers from age eight to seventeen. Dylan also offers an elite training programme for teenagers in which your children will receive intense, high performance training. He also gives classes for adults of all ages and private classes for those who want to perfect their game.

While group classes are taught on specific days, the timetable for private classes is very flexible. There are classes all year round, from Monday to Sunday and from 9am to 10pm. As pupils are of a variety of nationalities, classes are taught in several languages: Spanish, English and French. No previous experience is required, so join the academy and enjoy playing tennis against the backdrop of the impressive views of Cumbre del Sol.

At the moment the academy has two tennis courts, though two new courts will be ready soon. There is also the possibility of a new tennis centre being opened, which would have 6-8 courts.  Right now, the children are training for the next tournament which will take place on the 8th December while the adults are already getting ready for the tournament on the 23rd March.

If you would like more information, see the tennis academy website or get in touch with Dylan through his social media pages.

Two new Michelin stars close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort!

Two new Michelin stars close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort!

Aside from offering us the nutrients we need to ensure that our bodies function as they should, food for many is a true pleasure. With the help of some, it can almost be a work of art!

The Mediterranean coastline has always been recognised for its cooking and the quality of its produce, but this time it has gone one step further. The 2019 Michelin Guide has now announced the restaurants which will have a new star next year, and several are close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort!

The city of Calpe, half an hour away from us, has become a great culinary destination. The influence of the Mediterranean diet, and the creation of restaurants which continually reinvent themselves, has led to it gaining two new stars. This makes a total of three Michelin stars in the city, if we count the one earned last year by the restaurant Audrey’s led by Rafa Soler.

Beat is one of the establishments to have earned a new Michelin Star. This restaurant is found within The Cookbook, a boutique hotel focused on transcendental culinary experiences. The chef is José Manuel Miguel, who during his stay in France spent time working in two one-Michelin-starred restaurants: Il Vino and Goust. Beat offers us “a journey through the sea and the land where flavours, colours, and aromas flow and merge together, creating emotions”.

The other establishment to have achieved a Michelin Star is the restaurant Orobianco located in Colina Home Resort, a comfortable resort with spectacular views of the Peñon de Ifach. The creative mind of Italian Enrico Croatti surprises every palate with haute cuisine and his unrivalled signature style in this fabulous restaurant.

These two new Michelin Stars join the three at Quique Dacosta en Denia, the two at Bon Amb in Javea (very close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort) and the one at Casa Pepa in Ondara. All this means that those who live in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort can enjoy typical Mediterranean cuisine and that even the most discerning palates have their place. Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is an experience for all five senses!

Discover the most iconic areas of Alicante with Costa Blanca Expeditions

Discover the most iconic areas of Alicante with Costa Blanca Expeditions

The charms of the Costa Blanca are undeniable: the good weather, the coves, and the beautiful cities and towns make the area an ideal place to live and take full advantage of all its potential.

If you already have your home in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, it’s time to explore the area! Excursions by Costa Blanca Expeditions offer you the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Costa Blanca in a completely new way, visiting locations and landscapes which wouldn’t be seen by other tourists. Climb aboard the convertible, off-road car and enjoy an adventure that’s adapted to all, regardless of age or nationality. Explore the most iconic locations – the coves, beaches, and archaeological remains in the area – in a relaxed way, and experience one of the area’s most important aspects: gastronomy.

Costa Blanca Expeditions offers two types of excursions with two different ways to see the region. Discover Costa Blanca is a day-time excursion, from first thing in the morning until after lunch at around 4:30, on which you can take your own food or enjoy a Valencian paella or a tasting of the area’s typical products. The tour includes mountain trails and a visit to an 18th-Century palace as well as to Molí del Quisi and to some wineries. The best beaches and coves add the perfect finishing touch to the day – how about a swim in those irresistible waters?

Then, there is Sunset Costa Blanca, in the evening. This excursion centres its activities around dusk to offer customers the best landscapes and colours: you can enjoy a tasting of meats and cheeses in a unique location while you admire the changing light.

Which one is for you? Whichever you choose, the Costa Blanca awaits your visit! Don’t forget to take comfortable footwear, sun protection, a hat, and water. If you want more information, you can find it here: www.costablancaexpeditions.com

Can you imagine your life in a luxury home with sea views? Here at VAPF we make your dreams a reality thanks to our wide range of luxury apartments and villas located in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort in the north of the Costa Blanca. From here, you can enjoy the sun 365 days a year.

If you want to stay up to date with these and other activities available in Cumbre del Sol, as well as the latest news from the area, keep an eye on our blog and our Social Media pages!

Hiking trails close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Hiking trails close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Living in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort means living with nature all around you. As well as the incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, there are also large green areas and numerous natural parks, one of which is Granadella Natural Park.

So, if you dream of living by the sea and enjoying the Mediterranean climate in a unique location all year long, Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort will be your paradise! To make the most of the beautiful spots which surround Cumbre del Sol, we recommend going on the area’s main hiking routes. The mild autumn temperatures are also idea for exploring, so put on your comfiest shoes…and get walking!

The most famous hiking route in the area is the well-known Ruta de los acantilados or the Cliffs Route. Benitatxell boasts a 2-kilometre coastline which is full of these spectacular geographical features, some of which are more than 100 metres above sea level. This route separates Cala del Moraig from Cala Llebeig, is 4 kilometres long, normally takes an hour, and is of low to medium level difficulty. It is part of the S.L V-50 and, thanks to its geographical location, it offers some unique views of the sea as well as typical vegetation in the area and old caves which were used by fishermen in the past. The starting point for this route is the car park above Cala del Moraig.

The Ruta dels Testos is significantly shorter, though no less interesting. Its duration is only 20 minutes, of linear distance, and the starting point is the same as for the Ruta de los acantilados: the car park above Cala del Moraig. This route is of high difficulty though and is not recommended for beginners, as one of the sections requires the use of ropes. It is completed by following the course of the Barranc de l’Infern in its final section towards to the sea. Throughout the route, it’s possible to reach an area with crystal-clear waters which is only accessible from here or by sea: Cala dels Testos. Just a few metres from the end of the route, in the most difficult section, it is also possible to access the Cova dels Testos, where there is an observation point offering wonderful views which definitely make this route worth it.

Another interesting trail for hiking, which begins halfway down to Cala del Moraig, is the Falla del Moraig route. This is a fairly short trail, with a linear length of only 276 metres, whose objective is to see the Falla del Moraig, or Moraig Fault, a monument of cultural interest which gives the route its name. One of the interesting things about this path is that it offers a unique view of Cala del Moraig as well as the opportunity to see interesting formations created by erosion and the passing of time. This route is of low to medium difficulty.

If you are looking for a hiking route which is completely different to those mentioned previously, you’re sure to enjoy the Abiar-Calistros route which, as well as being circular, begins and ends in the centre of El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, in Market street. This route is 7.5 kilometres long and of low difficulty. On the way, it takes us through the Plaza del la Iglesia as well as el Portalet, where there is an observation point with wonderful views, while on the section camí de la Torreta the landscape is filled with vineyards and in the following section there is an ancient system of natural wells which provided the area with water until the 1970s. As a result, it’s a great choice for those who want to explore Benitatxell and some of the identifying features of the region.

On all of the trails mentioned here we recommend taking plenty of water to last throughout the walk, as some of the routes don’t have fountains to help you stay hydrated. We would also recommend taking a camera to capture the wonderful sea views, and if you go on the route in summer, don’t forget your swimsuit so you can take a dip in the crystal-clear water in the coves.

As well as connecting with nature while enjoying the incredible landscapes, it is our responsibility to take care of it, leaving as little trace of our presence as possible and making sure not to leave rubbish behind us. Respect the environment and discover one of the most valuable areas of environmental and scenic interest in the community of Valencia.

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