“Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni” 2019 in Benissa

“Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni” 2019 in Benissa

Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is part of the municipality of Benitatxell and boasts a perfect location in the north of the Costa Blanca, thanks to both the impressive views of the sea and the proximity to Benissa and other main cities in the area. Here, there is always an event going on! This January, you can’t miss the “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni” in Benissa, which has been named a local fiesta of tourist interest. It is a Valencian festival tradition whose origins are found in worshipping saints to ask for good harvests and the fertility of animals.

All those who love traditions have a date for their diaries! This unique event will be taking place from the 11th – 27th January, with a full schedule of events and a range of activities organised throughout the month.

If you still haven’t tried the area’s typical dishes, you’re in luck! From the 18th – 20th January you can go to the Wine Tunnel, a unique offering which provides the chance to sample several different wines and tapas dishes, while on Sunday 20th there is the spinach and cod paella competition.

As well as discovering new flavours, you’ll also be able to visit temporary exhibitions, stroll through the travelling craft fair, go up to some of the attractions, attend a concert or watch traditional dancing, go to a film screening, and even attend exhibitions of new and classic vehicles. If you would prefer to do some exercise before sampling the local cuisine, sign up to participate in Bicycle Day on the 20th, whose itinerary will take you all over the city.

The festivities don’t end this weekend! They will continue all next week, with Benissa travelling back in time on Friday 25th January to host the Medieval Market. Here, you will find over 40 stalls selling handcrafted items, workshops for children, a food zone, an Arabic souk, a puppet theatre, exhibitions, and even medieval performances. And, if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, you can also go to the animal fair, a concert, or Benissa’s museums, or even attend a Valencian Pilota match.

This fair is a fantastic opportunity to experience typical Valencian traditions in Costa Blanca North, with activities both for adults and the little ones, while you enjoy the area’s wonderful climate.

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The Vuelta a España returns to Cumbre de Sol!

The Vuelta a España returns to Cumbre de Sol!

The Vuelta a España has revealed the route for their next edition, which will be returning, for the third time, to Cumbre del Sol. So, cycling lovers in the area have a date for their diaries: the 25th August.

Stage 2 of the Vuelta 2019, which begins in the locality of Benidorm and ends in Calpe, includes a stretch in Alto de Puig Llorença, in Cumbre del Sol. Unlike in previous years, on this occasion the cyclists will not ascend to the highest point of the mountain (400 metres) but will cycle up to 340 metres to then continue on to the city of Peñon de Ifach.

The climb up Alto de Puig Llorença to the highest point has been the end of this stage on two occasions, while in 2019 it will be an important section which will separate a peloton which has already travelled a great distance.

With just two appearances in the Vuelta a España, Cumbre del Sol has already become a legendary setting within the Spanish round; the cyclists who pedalled to victory in El Poble Nou de Benitatxell are highly successful: Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome.

The victory of the Dutch national, in 2015, took place after an exciting final in which three cyclists (Joaquim Rodriguez, Chris Froome, and Dumoulin) were almost neck and neck with only 100 metres to go. Just when it appeared that British Froome would take the victory, Tom Dumoulin snatched it away at the last moment.

Two years later, in 2017, winner of four Tours Chris Froome showed that he had come to win. He led for 19 days of the 21 in total and in Cumbre del Sol he achieved a memorable triumph, reaching the line alone after a change of speed in the last kilometre.

With these events to look back on, we know that the Vuelta’s journey through Cumbre del Sol will bring us an exciting day of cycling. Here at VAPF, we already have the 25th August marked on our calendars!

We awarded the prizes for our 2nd Christmas Decoration Contest

We awarded the prizes for our 2nd Christmas Decoration Contest

Christmas has now completely taken over in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, not just because of the time of year, but because many of our neighbours have shown their more creative side by decorating their homes and filling them with colour and light. We are delighted with the results!

Here at VAPF, we want to thank all those who took part in this magical contest – it has filled our streets with Christmas spirit and allowed us to get together and share one of the most valuable things we can offer: time. For this reason, it was a real pleasure that we were all able to come together, both neighbours and those who work at VAPF, to give out the prizes for the best decorations.

This year, the level of all entries in the 2nd Christmas Decoration contest was high, so choosing our winners wasn’t easy. We love that our neighbours took our Christmas challenge so seriously! First prize for outside decoration went to Mr. and Mrs. Hough, second prize to Mr. and Mrs. Pálsson, third to Mr. and Mrs. Mussmann, and fourth to Mr. and Mrs. Schrijnemakers. Congratulations to all our winners! Again, many, many thanks to all those who took part.

All the winners received a Christmas hamper and the rest of the participants were also given a small token gift. While the prizes were being awarded, at Restaurant La Cumbre, we enjoyed a Christmas appetiser with all those who participated. It was, without doubt, the best way to celebrate this special time of year with our neighbours!

Here at VAPF, we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We promise that there will be lots of new things to come in 2019… and we can’t wait to tell you about them!

Benitatxell’s programme of Christmas events fills the area with magic

Benitatxell’s programme of Christmas events fills the area with magic

Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas in Benitatxell! This year, December’s calendar will be full of Christmas events. The programme kicked off on the 8th December with the opening of the Nativity scene and the decorating of the Christmas tree and, from here on out, Benitatxell is offering a huge variety of Christmas activities. In many, music is the star of the show! For example, on the 12th December, don’t miss the performance by the Benitachell Christian Fellowship Evangelical Church choir, which will be taking place at 11am in the Plaça del Mercat. Later that day, at 7pm, there will be a concert by the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir in the church.

In addition to music, this holiday season also has room for sports! On the weekend of the 14th to the 16th December, the Christmas Padel Tournament will be taking place in the La Font sports centre.

On the 16th December, don’t miss the much-awaited Christmas Market on Calle Mayor and Calle la Pau. There will be a variety of stalls where you can find everything from food to jewellery and clothes. The market will run from 10am until 2pm, during which time there will be something for everyone, such as activities and workshops for the little ones. Don’t miss the children’s batucada by the Music School at 11:30am or the traditional “Burreta de Nadal”, the Christmas donkey, accompanied by la Colla “La Llebetjà”. If you love Christmas markets, why not also make the most of this time of year to explore some of the best in the area?

Music lovers, don’t forget the Music and Dance School performances from the 17th to the 19th December at 7pm, taking place in the school itself. Similarly, on the 19th December at 3pm in the church, pupils in the international Lady Elizabeth School choir will be performing their Christmas concert.

On the 24th December at 5pm, Benitatxell will receive a special visit from Santa Claus and his elves, with a parade from Avenida de Alicante to Calle Mercado.

Then, on the 27th December at 7:30pm in the Plaça de les Pesqueres, there will be a fun Christmas snack time with activities as well as a performance by Wendo the Magician at 8:30pm.

On the 28th December at 7:30pm, don’t miss the Festival “Canta a la Navidad” in the church, with Christmas carols and poems. On the same day, also at 7:30pm, you can attend the award ceremony for the Nativity Scene contest. This will be an exciting moment, as the inhabitants of Benitatxell have displayed their most creative sides. In fact, the participants can choose whether they want the Nativity scene to be visited by the general public.

On the 29th December at 7pm, there will be a Christmas Circus and the comedy musical “Mi Prima Americana” will bring the programme of Christmas events to a close on the 30th December at 7pm.

While Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is already the perfect place to be all year round, thanks to its Mediterranean climate and views of the sea, just imagine being here during the most magical time of year! Celebrate the holiday season in your own paradise on the Costa Blanca.

Explore the best Christmas markets close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Explore the best Christmas markets close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Christmas, one of the most magical times of the year, is just around the corner! The biggest fans of the holiday season will surely have spent weeks planning their Christmas decorations while many have already started dressing up their homes with festive colours and lights. If you are one of them and you live in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, don’t forget that we are running a very special Christmas decoration contest. We love to spread Christmas spirit!

As these magical dates draw closer and we enjoy meetups with friends and family, it’s also time for the arrival of the Christmas markets. From handmade products to decorations to liven up any part of your home, there are a huge variety of objects to be found in them. In addition, there are also stalls selling food which is typical of the area – here in Alicante, don’t miss polvorones, a type of shortbread dusted with icing sugar, and turrón, an almond nougat.

This is your chance to discover the best Christmas markets on the Costa Blanca. Soak up their magic as you take advantage to buy something for your home or get presents for your loved ones. Here are five Christmas markets close to your home in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort!

Altea Christmas market is taking place from the 6th to the 9th of December in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, from 11am-2pm and from 5pm-9pm. There will be more than a dozen stalls and children’s activities and you can also make the most of the chance to stroll through its old town, appreciating the charms of this lovely city’s paved streets and white houses.

In Calpe, there’s the 6th Fira de Nadal Calp, also from the 6th to the 9th December. It will be taking place in the old town with musical performances, children’s activities and products from associations and local businesses. Don’t miss it!

In Jávea there will be a handicrafts market located in the Plaza de la Iglesia which began in November and will be returning on the 8th December. Though this market is not just for Christmas, it is also full of handmade items and local products. In addition, in the Jávea parador on the 8th and 9th December from 11am-8:30pm you will find the fourth edition of the IT Market, a Christmas market with a variety of exclusive handmade products.

On the 16th December, there are two more Christmas markets to add to your calendar! One which takes place all day in Teulada on Avenida Santa Catalina and in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. You’ll be able to find local, handcrafted products and all kinds of typical Christmas things.

Also on the 16th December, you can immerse yourself in the festive spirit at the Benitatxell Christmas market which is open from 10am-2pm in Calle La Pau, Calle Mayor and Calle Mercat. There is a full programme of Christmas events taking place throughout the morning: children’s activities, workshops and a batucada, as well as a visit to the traditional “Burreta de Nadal”, the Christmas donkey, which is a real symbol of Christmas magic in Benitatxell.

This Christmas, your home on the Costa Blanca will be full of holiday spirit! Make the most of Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort’s proximity to the area’s main cities and enjoy a wonderful festive period by the sea. Don’t forget to follow our blog and social media pages to stay up to date about upcoming events in the area.

Take part in our second Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort Christmas Decoration Contest

Take part in our second Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort Christmas Decoration Contest

The countdown to Christmas has begun! The Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort Christmas Decoration Contest is here once more and we invite all the residents of this wonderful place to participate. Show your creative side during the festive period and fill your home with Christmas spirit! This year there will be two categories: Decoration outside the property and Decoration inside the property. We know that many of you in Cumbre del Sol decorate both the inside and outside of your homes, so you will be able to participate in both categories. Send an email to cumbredelsol@vapf.com before the 10th December with your full name, address, phone number and email address, indicating which category you would like to take part in. Don’t miss out!

The judges for the second Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort Christmas Decoration Contest will be Vicente Mestre, Sales and Marketing Director at VAPF Group, as well as others from the Post Sales Department and Construction Department.

How will the voting take place? The judges will visit the properties and award a score from 0 to 10 points per home. And if there is a draw? The voting will be repeated but this time scores will be from 1 to 3. The judges will visit the homes starting on the 13th December 2018 at 5:30pm and the names of the winners will be announced on the 18th December at an event organised by VAPF in La Cumbre Restaurant.

The prizes are as follows:

  • The first prize in the category Decoration outside the property will be a Christmas hamper valued at €250.
  • The second prize in the category Decoration outside the property will be a Christmas hamper valued at €150.
  • The prize for the best Decoration inside the property will be a Christmas hamper valued at €150.

In addition, all those who take part will receive a small gift from VAPF.

If you would like to take part, don’t forget to send an email to cumbredelsol@vapf.com before the 10th December and remember that you will need to have your Christmas decorations ready from the 13th December at 9:00am and up until the 6th January 2019. We wish you all the very best of luck!