Enjoying sport and exercise at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Enjoying sport and exercise at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

For outdoor sports lovers, one of the great advantages of living on the Costa Blanca is the warm Mediterranean climate and the abundant hours of sunshine. Living at the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is a paradise for those who value having many sport options close to home. If sport is your thing, we’re here to tell you about all the possibilities!

If you love biking, Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is your place! Cycling fans likely already know this region, as it has formed part of the Tour of Spain on several occasions. You can make use of the various cycling trails available close to the development, as well those in the surrounding areas. Options for cyclists are endless; the Cumbre del Sol location is unbeatable for its natural surroundings and the main national parks in the area. For users with a different fitness level, you will find two perfect trails: the Puig Llorença and the Calistros-Abiar trails from Benitatxell. The more experienced cyclists will also find more challenging routes, like the one that reaches the Font de la Mata.

Racquet lovers will feel right at home on the Cumbre del Sol Tennis and Paddle courts, also where the Dylan Mary Tennis Academy is located. The owner, Dylan, has extensive experience in the sector and teaches classes adapted to different ages and levels. There are classes for toddlers from ages 2 to 3; a great way for them to come in contact with their first sport, elite training programs for teenagers who are looking for intensive preparation, as well as classes for adults. In addition, tennis and paddle tennis tournaments are organized for those looking for a challenge and a little competition. If you’d like to be informed about upcoming tournaments, write to us at cumbredelsol@vapf.com.

For those who enjoy hiking, the Costa Blanca offers a variety of trails. One of the most well-known trails is the Ruta de los acantilados (The Cliff Route), where you can enjoy unique ocean views starting from the Cala del Moraig, a stone’s throw from the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort. For this sport, all you need are comfortable clothes and shoes. Put on your boots and begin your adventure!

Water sports fans will find their favorite place to swim and practice their scuba diving skills at the Cala del Moraig. In fact, there are several diving routes for all levels. One of the most unique routes is the Cueva de los Arcos, made for mid-level divers where you can observe the incredible marine ecosystem of the area, from moray eels to octopus. Remember, you don’t have to wait for summer to arrive to enjoy the water! With the warm temperatures on the Costa Blanca and a good wetsuit, you can enjoy the water 365 days a year.

If you are looking for a place to practice golf and improve your strokes, you are in luck! Jávea Golf Club is located less than 20 minutes from Cumbre del Sol. Though its fairway containing 9 holes, on the back nine many holes are played from different tees, essentially turning it into a fairway with 18 holes.

If horseback riding is your thing, you will be able to train at any time thanks to the Cañada del Sol equestrian centre, where they offer excursions as well as horseback riding classes. A great way to enjoy the wonderful weather of the area!

If you’re a sports lover, you’ll have everything you need at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol to practice your sport of choice. If you want to keep up-to-date with all the latest news events going on in the area, stay tuned to our blog and social networks. We hope to hear from you!

Activities for the whole family on the Costa Blanca

Activities for the whole family on the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is much more than a destination with a good climate and beautiful beaches and coves; it is also an area which offers a huge variety of cultural and leisure options to enjoy. When you live in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you’ll find fun for the whole family.

Less than an hour from Cumbre del Sol is Benidorm, one of the cities in Alicante with the most going on. The city is home to the area’s best theme parks as well as activities for all ages and tastes. Take note and get ready to enjoy some family adventures!

If you want fun and thrills, Terra Mítica is the perfect place to spend a family weekend surrounded by attractions, rollercoasters, and all types of shows for the young… and the young at heart! This Benidorm theme park immerses visitors in ancient Mediterranean civilisations by dividing the park into five areas: Egypt, Greece, Rome, The Islands, and Iberia. To recharge your batteries, there are also several cafés and restaurants where you can rest and relax. Are you ready for an adventure? Terra Mítica opens its doors once more for the spring/summer season on the 13th April.

Terra Natura Park, in Benidorm, is also a great place to visit with the family. Animal lovers in particular will enjoy themselves here, as there are over 1,500 animals of 200 different species. This is a next generation zoo where visitors can observe and come into contact with the animals in spaces which recreate their natural habitats, a new concept known as “zoo immersion” which provides a variety of activities for fun and learning with the family.

Another option for a day out in nature surrounded by animals is Mundomar, a park with different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles which also offers a range of shows and unique experiences such as swimming with dolphins or sea lions.

During the hot summer months, it’s not only beaches you can enjoy in Benidorm; there are also several water parks such as Aqua Natura, which is located next to Terra Natura and will be open from the 26th April, and Aqualandia, which will open on the 25th May. Both are home to a range of water-based attractions for all tastes and ages and are sure to offer an unforgettable family experience.

Aside from Benidorm, close to Cumbre del Sol there are lots of other towns where you can enjoy some great family days out. For example, in L’Alfàs del Pi you can see the fun and original themed shows at the Conde Alfaz castle, which begins its season on the 6th April with the Medieval Robin Hood: a dinner-show set in 12th-Century England. It will be an unforgettable adventure which will place you in the heart of the action.

Are you a family of chocolate lovers? In Villajoyosa’s Valor chocolate museum you’ll have the opportunity to learn where chocolate comes from and all about the production process. Prefer museums? Then don’t miss the Guadalest Miniatures Museum, located in a charming area in the natural surroundings around Guadalest Castle, the ideal place to enjoy with the family.

If you’re looking for other outdoor activities, you could also choose to go go-karting at one of the centres in Javea, Teulada, or Benidorm, or maybe go to Altea to play minigolf at Mundigolf.

Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort offers a variety of options for you and your family, so don’t miss the updates on our blog and our social media channels to stay up to date with everything that’s going on in the area.

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!

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!

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.

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!