The Best Outdoor Activities in the Marina Alta

The Best Outdoor Activities in the Marina Alta

We know that when you think of the Marina Alta, the first thing that pops into your mind is the large number of blue flag beaches and coves that spread across its coastline. It’s only natural to instantly daydream of enjoying crystalline waters during the beautiful sunny days that Alicante always has to offer. However, we’re here to tell you that you can also find a large variety of outdoor activities near your home in Cumbre del Sol! The Marina Alta has a wealth of tourist destinations and natural parks that are the ideal way to spend a day out in the fresh air.

We’ll start our tour of the Marina Alta in Javea, which is just a 20-minute drive away from Cumbre del Sol. This coastal town has over a dozen observation decks where you can take in the Mediterranean Sea and its stunning natural surroundings like never before. Start your tour at the Mirador de Els Molins, an old watchtower that overlooks the town as well as the blue waters. Make sure to also visit famous observation decks such as the Mirador del Cap Negre, considered to have the best view in all of Javea, and Mirador de La Falzia, with the most impressive panoramic views of the coastline and Portitxol Island.

A little further north is Montgo Mountain, between Javea and Denia. The mountain and its natural park are considered emblems of not just the Marina Alta, but Alicante and the Valencian region itself. Affectionately known as ‘The Elephant’ by locals, this beast might be a little difficult for some to conquer as parts of its hiking route are harder to cross. However, we recommend you give it a try just to visit caves like the Cova de L’aigua and Cova del Gamell. With unforgettable interiors and beautiful views to the rest of the mountain and area, we’re sure you won’t regret the visit!

South of Cumbre del Sol is Calpe, home of the impressive Peñón de Ifach. This imposing rock formation has a natural park at the top with views all the way to Ibiza. It also has an observation deck at the outskirts of the town, the Mirador Monte Toix. We’re sure the views of Calpe’s skyline with Peñón de Ifach at a distance will leave you absolutely breathless. Near the town centre, you’ll also find salt flats, a pocket of nature among the buildings where you can spot flocks of flamingos.

The interior of the Marina Alta also offers some authentic gems that every nature-lover should make sure to visit. La Vall d’Alcalà is a truly remarkable valley that’s rich in history. Within it, you’ll find famous caves such as the subterranean Cueva del Rull, which looks like a fantasy movie come to life. If you’re interested in the prehistoric, we recommend visiting the Sanctuary of Pla de Petracos, which has many cave paintings within its walls.

Nearby, there’s the Barranc de l’Encantada where you can go on an enchanting route full of ponds, waterfalls and unmatchable views of the most beautiful natural landscapes. There’s no better place to spend a hot summer day than Gorg del Salt. It has cool waters all year round thanks to the waterfall that also makes for a cinematic backdrop to your swim.

Other two very different options are the Cave of Skulls (Cueva de Las Calaveras) and the Marjal Pego-Olivia Natural Park. The first is a subterranean wonder, with impressively high walls that are full of rich Paleolithic history. The second is one of the most picturesque ways to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. Take a scenic walk through rice paddies, wetlands and rivers with the mountain as your backdrop and a wide variety of flora and fauna to marvel at along the way.

These are just some of the best outdoor destinations you can visit near your home at Cumbre del Sol. To keep up to date with all the activities, events and destinations in and near Cumbre del Sol, make sure to follow us on social media and check out our blog regularly.

Must-See Beaches and Coves in Northern Alicante

Must-See Beaches and Coves in Northern Alicante

Javea

Playa del Arenal is an expansive sandy beach right off the bay of Javea. It’s Javea’s most frequented beach and the reason why couldn’t be more evident! With vibrant blue waters, it’s clear why this beach has been awarded blue flag status. Its gentle slope and fine sand make it perfect for sports by the water, such as football or volleyball. For those who prefer watersports, there’s plenty of businesses that rent equipment nearby. Additionally, it has breathtaking views of the nearby Montgo mountain, which makes a stunning backdrop to an already gorgeous day at the beach.

Cala de la Granadella also has cinematic natural surroundings and it’s one of Alicante’s crown jewels thanks to its crystal-clear waters and incredible views. It offers all kinds of services and amenities, such as lifeguards, hammocks, parasols, kayaking, and it’s a popular option for those who like underwater diving. There are also many restaurants by the seaside. Despite its popularity, it’s usually very peaceful and doesn’t draw large crowds.

Calpe

Playa la fossa, also known as Playa Levante, is Calpe’s most popular touristic destination. Nestled just under Peñón de Ifach, this spectacular blue flag beach is known for its wildlife and natural surroundings. Its calm and clear waters make it the perfect option for families with young children, as well as its long promenade that offers a variety of restaurants, bars and shops.

Cala el Raco is the smallest cove on this list which might mean it’s more crowded than most on a weekend. However, it is worth a visit as its unique marine landscape has made it a popular snorkelling destination. Grab your snorkel and swimsuit and head over!

Altea

Playa de la Roda spans over 1400 meters in length and is near the city centre, making it very accessible and ideally situated for a day at the beach. With a wide range of restaurants, bars and amenities nearby, all your needs will easily be met. Its waters are very calm although they have an impressive depth past the shoreline, ideal for anyone who wants to spend the day windsurfing, underwater diving or kayaking.

Cala la Solsida is a small cove with calm waters thanks to its idyllic location that protects it from northern winds. Its waters are barely 2 meters in depth at its deepest point. This, combined with its unique marine fauna and flora, makes it one of the most unique snorkelling spots in Alicante. Its seafloor is covered in starfish, cuttlefish and more!

Moraira

Playa de L’Ampolla is located just under the emblematic Castillo de Moraira (Moraira castle). It is known as the best beach in the surrounding area and its blue flag status is a testament to that. There are rocks near the castle which form paddle pools, perfect for exploring marine life with your children. Additionally, its fine golden sand is ideal for playing sports, building sandcastles or simply spending the day basking in the sun.

Cala el Portet has a uniquely seashell rounded shape. Its waters are known to be very clear and calm all year round, making it a popular snorkelling and underwater diving destination. You can also rent kayaks and explore the stunning cove that’s only 10 meters wide.

Benitachell

Cala del Moraig of course! We’re sure you’re familiar with this blue flag cove which is considered one of the most beautiful coves not just in Spain, but in the world! As a resident of Cumbre del Sol, you have easy access to its coveted waters. This rocky sand cove has everything you need to enjoy a day at the beach. It’s also near the Cova dels Arcs, an icon on the Valencian coast that everyone should visit.

Now that you know some of the best beaches and coves just minutes away from your home in Cumbre del Sol, we recommend you read more about the picturesque towns they’re found in so you can make the most of your travels! For more information about events, activities and must-see destinations, follow us on our social networks!

The Most Enchanting Places on the Costa Blanca

The Most Enchanting Places on the Costa Blanca

Now that it’s summer, we’re sure you’re itching to go out and make the most of it. Living at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol has many advantages, but one of the best ones is its unmatched location. Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Puig Llorença mountain, Cumbre del Sol is one of the Costa Blanca’s prized gems. It also has the added bonus of being moments away from many other treasured locations. Get ready to pack your bags for a day trip and find out where you should head to next!

Villajoyosa

‘La Vila’, as it’s called by its residents, is a quaint Spanish town that’s famous for its colourful houses and its crystalline beaches. Take in its one-of-a-kind beauty as you stroll down the beach or through its winding streets that are full of magic. The old town has endless historical landmarks for you to discover, from ancient Roman ruins to medieval walls.

Denia

This port city is home to the striking Denia Castle that sits above the marina. The castle is surrounded by large trees that make for an unforgettable skyline. Within its walls that date back to the 11th century, you’ll find the Archaeological Museum, full of Roman artefacts and rich with history. Enjoy the view from the marina or Denia’s many blue-water beaches. It’ll make an excellent backdrop to the delicious Mediterranean cuisine you’ll be sure to enjoy at any of the seafood restaurants that line the coast.

Javea

Between Denia and Javea you’ll find the Montgo Natural Park. This majestic mountain overlooks these two charming cities, so any route you take will be an unforgettable one. Once you’ve taken in the wealth of flora, you can head over to Cala Barraca. This blue-water beach is lined with white houses with charming blue doors and windows, the perfect backdrop for a day by the water.

Peñón de Ifach in Calpe, near Cumbre del Sol

Calpe

Calpe is another coastal town with a gorgeous skyline thanks to Peñón de Ifach, a rock formation that stands 332 meters tall. If you reach the top, you’ll be greeted with a natural park that’s home to numerous rare plants and animals. Also, you’ll be able to see as far out as Ibiza from the top of the rock!

Altea

Altea’s old town is renowned for being one of the most beautiful on the Costa Blanca. Its white houses, narrow streets adorned with flowers, and endless handcraft shops and restaurants are just part of what makes it pure magic. Start your journey at the Mirador Cronistas, one of the most photographed viewpoints in all of Spain.

These are just some of the stunning locations right near your home on the Costa Blanca. Make sure to keep an eye on our blog and follow our social media accounts for more ideas of places to discover!

The Costa Blanca Has 2 More Blue Flag Beaches Than Last Year!  Discover Which Are Closest to You!

The Costa Blanca Has 2 More Blue Flag Beaches Than Last Year! Discover Which Are Closest to You!

As a resident of Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, you’re no stranger to Blue Flag beaches, such as Cala Moraig which has been awarded this title many times. We’re sure you’ve already fallen in love with its crystalline-waters and superb services and amenities. However, you might be curious to learn more about the other Blue Flag beaches that are just a stone’s throw away from your home in Cumbre del Sol.

The Costa Blanca is a privileged location for many reasons, but the fact that it is the coastline with the most Blue Flags in all of Spain exemplifies why it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations. Spain has been the world leader of Blue Flag beaches since 1987, and this year, the Valencia Community is once again the autonomous community with the highest number of prized beaches. That being said, Alicante is the province with the highest number of all for a grand total of 86 Blue Flags, more than Valencia and Castellon combined.

If you’re unfamiliar with what makes a beach worthy of this title, the recognition is based on four benchmarks:

  • The quality of the sandbanks and waters.
  • Environmental conditions such as cleanliness, well-appointed sanitary facilities and properly maintained surroundings.
  • The presence of lifeguards, rescue and healthcare services, as well as accessibility.
  • Environmental education and information about the ecosystem, code of conduct and water quality.

Let’s travel just outside of Benitachell and discover all the Blue Flag beaches in Marina Alta. In Javea, close to Cumbre del Sol, you’ll find three blue flag beaches: La Grava, l’Arenal and Granadella. Just as close, there’s Teulada with three more beaches: El Portet, l’Ampolla and Platgetes. Not far from these, you’ll also find Cala Fustera in Benissa.

If you want to take a day trip down south, you can head over to Calpe or Altea, two coastal towns just thirty minutes away. Both have three blue flag beaches each; in Calpe, there’s la Fosa, Cantal Roi and Arenal Bol; meanwhile, in Altea, there are beaches like Cap Blanc, L’Espigó and La Roda. In L’Alfàs del Pi, a quaint Spanish town, there’s La Playa Racó de L’Albir. Of course, we can’t leave out Benidorm! The city boasts of three blue flag beaches: Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente and Playa del Mal Pas.

Get your sun hat, sandals and towel and get ready to go for a swim! Living at Cumbre del Sol is synonymous with living in a paradise where every day is like a summer holiday. What better way to make the most of your day than to head over to one of these Blue Flag beaches? Fall in love with everything that makes living on the Costa Blanca idyllic.

Get the Most Out of Your Summer at Dreamsea Mediterranean

Get the Most Out of Your Summer at Dreamsea Mediterranean

It’s summer: the sun is shining, the weather is perfect and the temptation to go for a swim is stronger than ever! Although, if you live at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, you’ll know almost every day of the year is like this on the Costa Blanca. Summer is usually synonymous with going on holiday, and this year should be no exception! We’re offering you the opportunity to have a luxury getaway just minutes away from your home. Experience nature like never before at Dreamsea Mediterranean, located at the heart of Cumbre del Sol, just above Cala del Moraig.

Dreamsea Mediterranean combines glamour and camping for a luxurious glamping experience. If you want a complete holiday, you can spend a few nights in their double or twin tents, which offer the same comforts and amenities as the best hotels. No holiday is complete without good food, which is why their restaurant is full of exquisite Mediterranean dishes. Enjoy the local flavour as you look out onto the sea. Of course, that’s not all you can do at Dreamsea Mediterranean. Take relaxation to the next level at the swimming pool with sea views or enjoy a refreshing cocktail or smoothie in the solarium. There’s even a designated chill-out area, perfect for grabbing a book and enjoying the crashing of the waves under a canopy of trees.

One of the best ways to relax at Dreamsea Mediterranean is attending Iva’s yoga classes. Start the day with vinyasa yoga (8:30 – 9:30 AM) or round out the afternoon with a yin yoga class (7:00 – 8:00 PM). You can join any day of the week and each class is only 10€. If you’re ready to fully immerse yourself in the world of yoga, you can get a Dreamsea Yoga membership for 55€. Additionally, you’ll also receive 7 online videos of different smoothie recipes as a welcome gift. These recipes are part of Iva’s online course about the chakra system.

Yoga at Dreamsea Mediterranean in Cumbre del Sol

Get even more in tune with your body and sign up for Iva’s ‘Breath is Life: Pranayama Workshop’, where you’ll learn yogic breathing techniques to help relax your nervous system. The workshop will take place at Dreamsea Mediterranean on July 19th at 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Get more information on Facebook or visit her website directly; the registration fee is 25€.

Once you’ve let go of all your stress and cleared your mind, you can also explore your wild side. Dreamsea Mediterranean organizes all kinds of water sports and outdoor activities, such as stand-up paddling, kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and mountain biking. Explore Cumbre del Sol and its gorgeous natural surroundings, each activity is guaranteed to be an unapparelled experience.

Rest assured that Dreamsea Mediterranean is following health authorities’ recommendations and protocols. All employees will always be wearing a mask and gloves, guests will always be a safe distance from each other and temperature is taken on arrival. Rooms, common areas and surf material are regularly disinfected as well. Learn more about their safety measures here.

Make the most of your summer at Dreamsea Mediterranean, rediscover Cumbre del Sol through the eyes of a tourist on holiday and create unforgettable memories.

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!