Fall in love with the cultural and architectural beauty of the Riuraus route

Fall in love with the cultural and architectural beauty of the Riuraus route

There are countless hidden secrets on the Costa Blanca, more specifically in the municipality of Benitachell. These secrets are part of what makes life at Cumbre del Sol a unique experience. If you are a self-proclaimed lover of culture, history and architecture, then you’ll love discovering the Riuraus route (Ruta dels Riuraus).

The riuraus are 18th-century structures, built to protect grapes from the effects of humidity and rain. The buildings were made of stone, with roofs formed out of wooden rods and clay titles. These architectural gems became a symbol of economic prosperity during the 19th-century, as the Marina Alta region experienced an economic boom thanks to their raisin production.

The famous Riuraus route runs through the towns of Benitachell, Benissa, Gata, Jesús Pobre, La Xara, Llíber, Parcent, Ondara, Pedreguer, Teulada-Moraira, Xàbia, and Xaló. The itinerary is a cultural journey through the history and way of life of the ancestors who once inhabited the municipalities of the Marina Alta.

Are you up for discovering all the secrets this route has to offer? The first thing you should know is that the route doesn’t have a concrete starting point. You can begin by discovering the riuraus closest to your home, in Benitachell. Afterward, you can continue by visiting the rest of the municipalities that make up the route. No matter which path you decide to follow, the most important thing is that you enjoy every step of this journey into another era.

However, to get the most out of the route, we do recommend you visit the different municipalities’ tourist offices so they can give you all the necessary information and instructions. Furthermore, you can visit house-museums where you’ll find objects and settings characteristic of the era.

The brochures of the Riuraus route will also serve as a guide and help you make the most of the itinerary. For example, you can discover which have been best-preserved, the best views to contemplate them and where to enjoy the region’s delicious gastronomy.

Make the most of living at Cumbre del Sol and enjoy all the cultural opportunities you have nearby. Add the Riuraus route to your list of summer plans and discover all its secrets – it will be a memorable experience!

Wrapping Up the Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge

Wrapping Up the Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge

Last weekend we hosted the Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge, a very important professional sporting event, given it was the first to take place in Spain after the state of alarm was declared in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Held in our Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol sports centre, four TOP 100 tennis players on the ATP circuit participated in the event: Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño, Alex de Miñaur and Pablo Andújar. During the two daily matches that were played, the players competed using the round-robin format in which the winner would be the best of 3 sets.

The event got underway on Friday, the 5th and it was De Miñaur who scored highest with 6-3, 6-2 over Andujar. The latter executed his plays very well and gave a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to beat De Miñaur.

During the second match, Carreño and Bautista competed in a close game in which Carreño defended his position expertly. However, in the end, it wasn’t quite enough, as Bautista obtained a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The event continued into its second day on Saturday when Andujar and Bautista went head to head. Bautista sought his second consecutive victory after beating Carreño on Friday and achieved it in just two games with a score of 6-1, 6-1.

The match between De Miñaur and Carreño followed. The young Australian, who had already beaten Andujar on Friday, almost lost the first set, but then was able to recover during the second set with only one break. He rose to victory with a score of 7-5, 6-4.

Finally, on the third day of the event, the organization had to make the difficult decision to cancel the final matches due to heavy rain that made it impossible to finish.

At VAPF, we are proud to be able to take part in an event of this nature and this is why we are working to make Cumbre del Sol one of the benchmark residential developments on the Costa Blanca.

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Outdoor Activities to Enjoy During Phase 1

Outdoor Activities to Enjoy During Phase 1

A couple of weeks ago, Benitachell was one of the first municipalities to enter phase 1 of the de-escalation process. However, there are still some doubts about what the mobility limitations are. Below, we explain the outdoor activities you can enjoy and the guidelines for doing them in the best possible way. Remember to keep a safe distance and follow hygiene measures to avoid falling sick.

Hiking

The good thing about living in the mountains is that you can enjoy many pleasant activities, such as hiking. Until recently, you could only go hiking between 6:00 to 10:00 in the morning and 20 to 23 o’clock, but now you can do it at any hour of the day. This freedom is due to the fact that Benitachell has less than 10.000 inhabitants – yet another great advantage of living in this town!

However, you should bear in mind that this activity can only be carried out once a day for a maximum of one hour and always remaining within the municipality of Benitachell.

Walks by the Beach

If you prefer to take a stroll along the beach or boardwalk, put on some comfortable shoes and start walking. Once again, you can do this activity at any time of the day, for a maximum of 60 minutes, without leaving the municipality of Benitachell.

Active Tourism and Outdoor Activities

If you love nature and the outdoors, you may be wondering if you can partake in active tourism activities such as canoeing, climbing or surfing. The answer is yes. However, you must know that a maximum of 10 people are allowed per activity at one time. In addition, you must also make an appointment with a company which specialises in the activity you wish to do.

Golf and Tennis

Another great advantage of having entered phase 1 of the de-escalation process is that you can enjoy sports that do not require physical contact, such as golf and tennis. Remember that in order to practice these sports, you must make an appointment and reserve a court before going to play. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use the changing rooms either. You were looking forward to getting back to your normal life and now you slowly can!

These are the main activities you can do outdoors near your home at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. Finally, you can once again enjoy all the advantages of living in this paradise located between the sea and the mountains!

The Latest Trends That Will Highlight the Beauty of Your Home on The Costa Blanca

The Latest Trends That Will Highlight the Beauty of Your Home on The Costa Blanca

Our architects create modern and sleek designs which are inspired by the idyllic setting of our residences. Every home is illuminated by an abundance of natural light and they all boast of stunning views to the Mediterranean. With architecture and surroundings like that, it’s only natural to want to decorate your home in ways that will accentuate its pre-existing beauty. Just like fashion, interior design is always changing and evolving, but don’t worry! We’re here to tell you all about the newest trends, so you can give your home a spring/summer 2020 upgrade.

We’re sure you know the Pantone colour of the year is classic blue, and although we’re almost halfway through the year, this colour is still widely popular. Those who live on the Costa Blanca are in luck, as this colour is present from every window thanks to the sea views and sunny skies. Adding monochromatic accents can help highlight the beauty of your home’s white walls and a wealth of natural light. Other bright colours like kelly green, saffron yellow and flame scarlet are also in fashion this spring. Cushions, throws, chairs and artwork in these colours will make your home shine.

If you prefer something more understated, you can go for earth tones that will also connect your interior spaces to the outdoors. When it comes to furniture, rustic, wooden and more natural pieces is growing in popularity and can help create a continuous harmony between the outside and inside of your home. They offer a gorgeous contrast to the elegant and modern lines of your home and add warmth to any space. Combine rattan or wicker furniture with metal pieces to heighten the contrast and create a sense of natural luxury.

Biophilic design has been a trend since last year and it’s only grown in popularity. What better way to connect your home to the unmatchable natural environment around it than to bring nature indoors? Plants and florals tie in beautifully with the previous design tips we’ve given. Sustainability is perhaps the most important idea in design, which is why we recommend finding upcycled furniture or vintage pieces for your home.

Concepts like abstract and eclectic design are very in. One of the biggest inspirations right now are designs from the 60s and 70s.  Think outside the box and incorporate bold artworks and lampshades or even less conventional furniture, such as rounded or completely circular pieces. If retro-futurism isn’t for you, you can mix more classic elements from the 40s or 50s into your design to give it a simple but still refined and more structured look.

We hope our tips have inspired you to do something different and see your home in a new, even brighter light.  For more inspiring content, be sure to follow us on our social networks and keep an eye on our blog, where we’ll keep you up to date with tips and new ideas.

Transforming Your Home into a Spa

Transforming Your Home into a Spa

In previous entries, we’ve compiled lists of different activities you can do while at home. There’s truly something for everyone, from those at home with children to aspiring chefs and even for those itching to give their place a chic makeover. However, what you might be missing most of all is the opportunity to let go and relax. This is why we’re sharing tips on how to have a perfect spa day from the comfort of your home.

Finding the perfect place to relax shouldn’t be too difficult in your home, with its stunning sea views and plenty of natural light, but it might be helpful to change up the feeling of the room. To do this, you can light some candles for softer lighting and a pleasant aroma that is sure to lift all your worries away. Next, we recommend you change into a bathrobe and put on your favourite relaxing playlist. Now you’re officially ready to relax!

It’s now time to focus on pampering yourself and what better way to do that than to make some DIY masks out of ingredients you’re sure to have at home? For example, to get shiny and voluminous hair, just mix a teaspoon of honey, an egg and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Leave it in for half an hour before rinsing it off. You can also use other moisturizing ingredients, such as avocados and olive oil, which can be combined with honey as well.

These ingredients aren’t just good for your hair, but also perfect for your skin. You can double up on their beneficial properties and make a face mask while you wait for your hair mask to work its magic. If you still have some avocado leftover, mix it in with half a cup of oatmeal for a soothing effect. If you want something more anti-ageing, you can combine half a banana with a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt instead. In addition to these ingredients, honey has great antibacterial and hydrating properties, so feel free to add it to your facemasks for glowing skin.

While you let these masks soak in for 15 to 20 minutes, you can also give the rest of your body a little treat. Body scrubs are an amazing way to improve circulation and stimulate the production of collagen. They’re also guaranteed to help you feel refreshed and renewed. To make some at home, all you need is about half a cup of used coffee grounds, half a cup of brown sugar and 6 tablespoons of coconut oil (you could also use olive oil). If you want something more soothing and moisturizing, we recommend mixing honey with brown sugar and some olive oil. You can use this everywhere and even as a hand/foot mask.

You can finish your spa day by giving yourself a manicure or any other of your favourite ways to practice self-care, just be sure to share it with us! For more tips on making the most of your home on the Costa Blanca, don’t forget to follow us on our social networks and keep an eye out for our blog posts.

Discover the Mediterranean Through These Dishes

Discover the Mediterranean Through These Dishes

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains, those who opt to start a life at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol will enjoy picturesque beaches, over 300 days of sunshine and unparalleled, natural scenery along the Costa Blanca. We mustn’t forget, though, that this area is also tourist favourite due to its exceptional gastronomy! There’s no better time than the present to learn to cook your favourite Spanish dishes and travel Spain by way of your palate! Don’t miss out on our suggestions below!

The Valencian Community is famous for its rice dishes, including Spain’s renowned paella dish. The one thing they all have in common is, of course, Valencian rice. Each dish highlights the way this region is rich with flavour-packed ingredients.

There are two types of paella: paella Valenciana made with chicken and rabbit and paella de marisco made with seafood. Both have a few shared key ingredients: saffron, paprika, peppers and tomatoes. For the first one, you’ll need green and broad beans, rosemary and artichokes. Meanwhile, the seafood paella has a sofrito base, which is made by sautéing peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes with some olive oil and spices. The star ingredient of this dish can be prawn, mussels, squid and oysters, take your pick! Fish stock is also used to cook the rice. It should take about an hour to make and the divine flavour will be fully worth the effort!

Baked rice, or Arròs al Forn, is usually cooked in a clay pot in the oven, as its name suggests. It has humble origins, as it was originally created to make the most of leftover stews and other ingredients, but these days it is considered a delicacy by all. It usually contains ingredients such as chickpeas, chorizo, black pudding (morcilla), potatoes, tomatoes and garlic. Rich with Mediterranean flavour and a traditional home-cooking staple, it’s definitely worth trying to make at home.

Arròs a Banda originates even closer to home as it is a typical Alicantean dish. It also has humble beginnings, originally made by fishermen out of the leftover fish that they couldn’t sell. The dish is packed with flavour thanks to the fact that the rice is cooked in a rich fish broth and served with regional rockfish. It’s usually served with a side of aioli.

Lastly, there’s the striking Arròs negre, or black rice. Its distinctive colour comes from its star ingredients: cuttlefish or squid ink. Depending on how you choose to make it, your rice will contain cuttlefish or squid as well as the ink. The rice is also cooked in seafood stock, but if that’s not enough for you, you can also add other seafood, such as prawns, clams or mussels to your rice. It takes under an hour to prep and cook, which makes it the perfect simple dish to wow your family with!

Another option is stuffed squid, a seafood lovers’ delight! Add a list twist to your rice dishes by making this quick and easy meal. There’s no end to the ingredients you can use for the stuffing; everything from chorizo to prawn pairs wonderfully with squid. You can cook the rice, onion, garlic, tomato and other vegetables with wine before stuffing the squid and finishing it all off in the oven. It’s a simple recipe with restaurant-quality results.

No meal is complete without dessert, which is why we recommend coca llanda, also known as coca boba. All you need for this recipe are eggs, milk, sugar, oil, baking powder, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon and orange juice! These ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now, so there’s no reason to not give baking a try with this aromatic delight.

You can pair your meal with a nice regional wine and dessert with a glass of horchata. Make the most of your time at home and enjoy the richness the local produce and gastronomy has to offer. Don’t forget to follow us on our social networks and keep up to date with our latest news on our blog.