Enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca

Enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca

With April comes Easter, a time that’s interesting to tourists in almost all parts of Spain and, in particular, in Costa Blanca. Here’s a series of plans and options near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol to spend this holiday season in one of the most popular destinations throughout the year.

Easter brings an extra incentive to any resident or anyone who wants to spend a few days here, a truly luxurious offer. Watching the traditional processions with excitement, exquisite cuisine, and the famous dreamy beaches, all tied together with rich historical and cultural heritage sites.

Torrijas and Easter mona cake – easter’s sweet staple foods

When Easter arrives, it’s tradition in Costa Blanca to bake some of the famous Easter sweets. Flour, yeast, milk, egg, butter and sugar are more than enough to make the famous mona de Pascua cake. On Easter Sunday itself, tradition rules in Alicante. Families get together to have a snack and eat this dessert outside in nature (beach, mountain, countryside…). Interestingly, the mona has always been considered a loving gift from the grown-ups to the youngest members of the family.

The other star dish of Easter in Costa Blanca is torrijas. It’s surprising how something so simple can have such a spectacular flavour. Stale slices of bread soaked in red wine or milk with lemon and cinnamon, dipped in whisked egg and then fried in oil. Some people serve them coated in cinnamon and sugar and others sweeten them with syrup.

costa blanca torrijas y mona

Processions in Alicante

Holy Week in Costa Blanca is, above all, a festival of religious tradition that year after year attracts many visitors due to its incredible, emotional processions. Throughout the municipalities of the area, you can enjoy activities such as the famous procession of silence on Holy Thursday and the procession of the Holy Burial, the protagonist of Good Friday, in which women who wish can accompany the Holy Sepulchre dressed in a black shawl and veil. Two processions in the city of Alicante are worth mentioning: the procession of the Holy Supper on Holy Thursday, which is one of the most famous in Spain and helps a good cause, as after the procession, the food that is placed on the table of the procession is donated to a home for the elderly. And, on the other hand, the palm trees of the Explanada are witnesses to the most popular and familiar procession of all those celebrated in the city, that of the Borriquita on Palm Sunday.

Other processions to take into account if you want to experience what Holy Week is all about are those of La Pasión in the town of Orihuela, in which more than 8,000 Nazarenes and around 1,200 musicians parade; and the procession of Los Tres Abrazos (The Three Embraces) in Crevillente.

disfrutar de las procesiones costa blanca

Days out, music, markets…

There is also room for other non-religious activities to enjoy Easter in Costa Blanca. It’s a tradition in some towns such as Moraira-Teulada to play live music in the streets. In the city of Alicante, the Jornadas de Cuaresma (Lenten Days) are held to promote the hotel and catering industry throughout the province with the help of the best chefs in the area.

It’s also interesting to wander around the historic centre of any municipality in Costa Blanca, especially those of Altea, Dénia, Benitachell and Moraira, and discover their most emblematic spots, such as the medieval market that takes place in Calpe during easter, where you can buy typical Costa Blanca handicrafts.

And what about outdoor plans? Easter is the perfect time to discover natural areas such as the Benitachell cliffs route, take a stroll along the L’Andragó cove in Moraira or have an aperitif in the marina of Altea.

As you have seen, during Easter Week the towns and villages of  Costa Blanca dress up and put on hundreds of events that make the Alicante coastline a splendid place to be. The perfect mix of discovering and getting to know religious traditions and enjoying a unique area on the Mediterranean coast. Don’t miss our next blog articles in which we will continue to tell you about more things to do near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.

Costa Blanca – A Paradise for Cyclists

Costa Blanca – A Paradise for Cyclists

We enjoy one of the best climates in the world here in Costa Blanca. Approximately 300 days of sun and mild temperatures for most of the year.

This, along with a backdrop of mountains and beaches, make the area a top choice for people. For tourists, athletes, and even professional sports teams. In fact, many professional atheletes have chosen to stay at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol as a temporary residence for their training sessions, where they can enjoy a home here. In this area of the province, they go on routes, train, or prepare for competitions. In fact, some championships, such as the La Vuelta a España cycling race, have passed through this area. For example, the 2019 edition crossed the Alto del Puig Llorença, in Residential Resort Cumbre Del Sol.

Of course, there must be something special about this area for both professional and amateur athletes alike to have a soft spot for the place. From Alicante to Dénia, in this article we will tell you some of the reasons why the Costa Blanca is a cyclist’s paradise.

The Climate

We’ve already talked about how wonderful the climate is. But even though we enjoy this weather, and we may consider it normal, it is far from the norm. It’s not easy to find an area with so many hours of sunshine and ideal temperatures for outdoor sports all year round.

Sea and Mountain – Two Sides of The Same Coin

The blend and, sometimes, mimicry of sea and mountain along the more than 100 kilometres that run along the North of Costa Blanca offers cyclists a plethora of possibilities to adapt the routes according to their level as an athlete. As well as the characteristics of their bikes such as wheels, suspension and frame.

Recorridos

A Safe Environment

Safety for cyclists is a number one priority. Many coastal areas don’t have the proper infrastructure for cycling tracks. The Comunidad Valenciana and different localities within Costa Blanca (particularly in the North) have spent years working on creating a safe system that’s always up to scratch for practicing sport.

Not only do they look after the roads, which go from flat planes for beginners to more demanding climbs on stretches with hardly any traffic, but they also take care of the mountains. Mountain biking is one of the most promoted activities in North Costa Blanca due to the sea and mountains we mentioned earlier. In fact, there are two MTB centres in Vall de Pop and El Comtat.

Cyclists’ Territory

The Costa Blanca North is an area which, over the years, has become a reference point for cyclists. The hotel sector has benefited from this by knowing how to prepare its facilities to meet the needs of an athlete. In most of them you can find swimming pools and spas. These are the ideal place to rest and relax the muscles after a day’s cycling. Other hotels include gyms for training and cycling centres for repairing bicycles.

MTB en Costa Blanca Norte

After this series of features that make North Costa Blanca an ideal destination for cyclists, doesn’t it make you want to start cycling? In this article you can see several routes around Cumbre del Sol to get you going.

Top must-see places in Altea

Top must-see places in Altea

Its white architecture, cobbled streets in the old town, mere kilometres away from beaches with crystal clear water, and just like any paradisiacal island, hides hidden coves. The tranquillity of its winter, the liveliness of its summer… Whatever it is, the town of Altea has that something that grabs you, that makes it a unique place to lose yourself in and, if you feel like it, to find yourself.

Here’s a series of must-see places to discover Altea on your first visit to this town on the Costa Blanca North. If you have already been here or you live here, take notes, maybe there’s something you’ve been missing out on.

Walk round Altea’s old town

One of the things that, under no circumstances, you cannot miss if you want to discover Altea’s beauty with your own eyes. Put on comfortable shoes and go uphill, because getting there by car is quite complicated due to the fact that most streets here are pedestrianised.

However, it’s worth it (extremely so). Go for a stroll through these labyrinthine streets while admiring the beauty of every corner. The Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo crowns the city and is a must-see in this area.

The Cronistas Lookout Point

A few metres from the Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, and in the highest part of the old town, is the Mirador de Cronistas, from where you have the best panoramic views of Altea, the sea and the mountains.

Lose yourself in the Garden of the senses

Altea is known for its beaches, but in this municipality on the Costa Blanca there is also space for more tropical areas. The Garden of the Senses is perfect for getting in touch with nature through its more than 3,000 square metres of plants from all over the world.

Serra Gelada Natural Park

Another way to discover Altea especially for hiking aficionados. Just a few kilometres from the town is this natural park that overlooks the sea, with incredible landscapes to enjoy while walking along one of the park’s different routes.

We suggest a couple of options for different levels. On the one hand, La Ruta del Faro de l’Albir, completely accessible and with views of the Bay of Altea, the Serra de Bèrnia and the Serra Gelada itself. A perfect route to do with children or if you are just starting out hiking.

Another option that is more intense is the Travesía de la Serra Gelada, a linear route through the entire mountain range. It is about 8.5 kilometres long and lasts about 4 and a half hours, linking the Albir Information Point with the Benidorm Cross. It can be done in both directions, or you can do the route there and back. But, before you venture out, bear in mind that it is a demanding route due to ups and downs, don’t choose a very hot day and make sure you hydrate yourself well.

altea parque serra gelada

Marina Greenwich Port

The marina of the city curiously coincides with the Greenwich Meridian 000º 00′ 00″. Just for that coincidence alone, it is worth coming here. It is also an ideal place to relax on the many terraces and restaurants near the harbour and enjoy the whole bay

Barra Grande and Racó del Corb Coves

As you would expect, being in the north of Costa Blanca, we have to talk about coves. The beaches of Altea are quite well known and you won’t have much trouble finding the most popular ones. We recommend two options that are not so well known, but more amazing than the ones you will find in the first Google results.

Both are located north of the town and both are difficult to access as you have to go down a steep slope, but once you get there, you will see that the effort is rewarded.

Tip for both: wear booties for diving or similar footwear when swimming and, of course, snorkelling gear for diving into the crystal-clear waters.

As you have seen in this article, Altea is a town to discover that hides beauty in every corner. With these plans, what are you waiting for? Go and organise a getaway to this jewel in the north of Costa Blanca.

Mediterranean Nights: Open-Air Concerts and More in Alicante

Mediterranean Nights: Open-Air Concerts and More in Alicante

Looking for the best way to end the summer season? Then search no more, because Mediterranean Nights, a series of open-air concerts held in Alicante´s Port, is the perfect plan for you! The event started on August 22nd and will continue until September 26th. It’s an ideal option for a little vacation without moving too far from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.

As a resident of Cumbre del Sol, you know that Alicante is synonymous with good weather, stunning beaches and unparalleled cuisine. And this event is a clear example of all those qualities. From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am, you can enjoy the guest artist of the night and also make a visit to the Gastro Club to try some of the local delicacies on offer at the different stands.

As we’ve said, at the Gastro Club you will find an endless number of local dishes, but it also has four bars and different areas with sofas, tables and even hammocks for you to enjoy with your group of friends or family. What better way to spend a pleasant Alicante night than watching the sunset by the sea with a drink in hand, surrounded by good company, and all this before the music has even started!

The night’s live performance starts at 10pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to savour the delights of the Gastro Club before heading to the stage area. The list of artists is very varied in terms of genre and ranges from the famous violinist Ara Malikian to internationally known bands such as Dorian. We assure you that you will find a concert to suit your musical tastes! Another artist who stands out is Natalia Lacunza, known for her performance on Operación Triunfo. Be sure to buy your tickets online before you head over, so you don’t miss any of the musical events, such as Manel and Revolver.

It is important to note that the venue complies with all the recommendations and protocols announced by the health authorities. Mask use is compulsory at all times, the common areas have been adapted so that there is a distance of 1.5 metres between groups of people and seats and you will find dispensers with hand disinfectant at strategic points throughout the venue. With all these security measures, you’ll be sure to have fun while staying safe.

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*Photos provided by Producciones Baltimore and Rafa Galán

Events close to Cumbre del Sol: don’t miss the programme at the Teulada-Moraira auditorium

Events close to Cumbre del Sol: don’t miss the programme at the Teulada-Moraira auditorium

Life at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort allows you to enjoy not only privacy and tranquillity, but close proximity to all the services you need and the best cultural events in the area. Thanks to its exclusive location, Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is just a few kilometres from cities such as Denia, Altea, and Teulada-Moraira, where there will always be a range of events to tempt you. For example, don’t miss the events scheduled at the Teulada-Moraira auditorium over the coming months.

The auditorium was opened on the 25th March 2011 and is a modern building designed by architect Francisco Mangado Beloqui. Located at the highest point in Teulada, it’s a good place to admire the urban centre of Teulada-Moraira as well as the sea and vineyards.

Since its opening, the auditorium has hosted important events such as ballet performances, musicals, operas, concerts, plays, expositions, and culinary events, as well as others. Don’t miss the programme of events scheduled for this season, which was presented on the 1st October by the President of the Fundación CV Auditori Teulada Moraira and Mayor, Carlos Linares, and the Director, Maite Serrat.

This new season began with a concert by German jazz band The Bourbon Street Stompersel on the 6th October, followed by Mozart’s magnificent The Magic Flute on the 14th October.

The next event, the musical The Phantom of the Opera produced by the Asociación de Amigos de la Música de Alcoy, will be taking place on Saturday 27th October at 7:00pm. Make the most of the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful performance with an orchestra, soloists, choir, and over 90 people on the stage, and immerse yourself in this mythical love story set in 19th-century Paris.

We also invite you to see the Disseny al Plat exposition which the auditorium will be hosting from Wednesday to Saturday until the 31st October. This is a display of craftsmanship, gastronomy, and design, showing the fusion between ceramics and gastronomy.

After discovering jazz and travelling to Italy and the Paris Opera, allow the auditorium to transport you to Japan through the performance of Taiko Hayato on the 3rd November. Don’t miss the chance to experience this energetic and sophisticated percussion show which has impressed audiences in over 25 countries. What’s more, this performance is included in the programme of commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan.

The following day, the 4th November, don’t forget the entertaining theatre production of 5 y… Acción!” which is written and directed by Javier Veiga who also stars in the performance alongside other well-known actors such as Carlos Sobera, Marta Hazas, Ana Rayo, and Ana Cerdeiriña. This comedy about the world of television, cinema, and the desire to succeed will have you roaring with laughter as you escape your daily routine.

Also in November, for the fiestas honouring Saint Cecilia, Teulada offers three concerts organised by the Agrupación Musical Cultural de Teulada (AMCT). On the 10th November, you can attend the Chamber Music Concert with performances from soloists from the AMCT; on the 16th there is the Youth Band Concert; and to bring the fiestas to an end, the traditional Saint Cecilia Concert on the 17th of the month.

The schedule of events continues throughout December, starting on the 1st of the month when the Teulada-Moraira Auditorium will host Trobadores by actresses María Mas and Nydia Crespo. This event is the first of many in December, with other highlights such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl by the UCAM Symphony Orchestra on the 15th December, which will transport you to the world of captain Jack Sparrow with a carefully designed set framed by a huge pirate ship, fencing and of course, music.

After this concert, give in to the Christmas spirit on the 21st December by attending a wonderful performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Moscow Ballet. Then, to bring the year to an end in style, the Alicante Province Youth Orchestra (OJPA), with the collaboration of the Alicante Provincial Government, invites you to their Christmas concert on the 28th December.

The schedule for 2019 also promises a huge variety of cultural events. Why not begin the year with a laugh by attending comedian Luís Piedrahita’s monologue on the 12th January?

The full programme of events taking place at the Teulada-Moraira auditorium enables you to enjoy a wide selection of cultural events close to your home in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, all year long. Get tickets to the event of your choice at the auditorium box office from Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm; from the Teulada Town Hall (in the Espai La Senieta building in Moraira); or on the Teulada-Moraira auditorium website.

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If you love the sea, visit Club Náutico Moraira

If you love the sea, visit Club Náutico Moraira

If you love the sea and water sports, just 15 minutes from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort you’ll find Club Náutico Moraira, a non-profit organisation which has been open since 1985. Its mission is to promote nautical and sporting activities with a great deal of enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for the sea, as well as the support of the 750 members.

Within the Valencian Community’s nautical tourism sector, Club Náutico Moraira is one of the best clubs when it comes to value for money. It has a team of 25 employees, with more in the summer, who are at the customers’ full disposal in the club’s different areas. The staff are true experts in port management and nautical services and speak several languages to offer the very best service to members and clients.

Club Náutico Moraira is located in unrivalled natural surroundings and offers first-class services and facilities including boatyard management, fuel station management, management of mooring rentals, and boat repair. It also has various commercial premises such as nautical shops, restaurants, and cafés.

Club Náutico Moraira

 

Don’t miss the excellent food in the club’s restaurant while you enjoy some unrivalled views of the port. It serves delicious Mediterranean dishes and has an outdoor terrace and chill out area which is ideal for warm summer nights.

If water sports are your thing, join the more than 400 students in the Sailing and SUP School which is in the natural setting of Moraira bay and offers first-class facilities and equipment. A group of trained and enthusiastic professionals are in charge and offer classes for adults and children from the age of eight. All classes can be taught both in English and Spanish to ensure a fun day for everyone, always keeping in mind the safety measures and seriousness required by the sea.

If you prefer to discover the sea from in the water, visit La Galera Diving Centre. They have extensive experience in diving, first diving experiences, and underwater routes, which are the perfect way to discover the sea’s hidden beauty with the support of highly qualified staff.

Throughout the year, the club organises different sporting events such as recreational fishing competitions, regattas, and the Spanish Powerboating Championship. According to Tomás Solano, director of Club Náutico Moraira, the most popular event is the Gourmet Race, a regatta in which all the participants are given an ingredient, normally a seafood product, and must cook a dish while sailing. Many internationally recognised chefs have taken the role of judge in the six editions of the competition, with distinguished chef Joël Robuchon, who has earned the highest number of awards of all time with a total of 38 Michelin Stars, standing out.

From the start, Club Náutico Moraira has been aware of the need to look after its natural surroundings. It was one of the first companies to obtain a Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters, and it meets the highest standards of quality in its boatyard management. “We are a company which is open to everyone and a driving force for development for the whole community. We want to carry on promoting nautical activities and sport with our members, collaborators, and clients” concludes director Tomás Solano.

Whether it’s to attend an event, try a sport, or spend an unforgettable day by the sea, Club Náutico Moraira is waiting to welcome you.