Welcome the new season through the Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell!

Welcome the new season through the Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell!

The arrival of spring doesn’t just bring us more pleasant temperatures, it also means the arrival of interesting activities like the 13th Cycle of Spring Concerts in Poble Nou de Benitatxell. Every Saturday in March, at 8pm, you will have the chance to enjoy some live music at the Santa María Magdalena church where the Marina Alta orchestra got this musical month off to the best start with their tribute to Mozart.

The music genres that attendees will enjoy are undoubtedly varied: the programme offers traditional, with regional music heard in celebrations, more classical music, and modern sounds like jazz.

After the Marina Alta Orchestra concert, on the 9th March, there is something a bit different – the 7th Young Performers Competition. This contest aims to boost the interest of Benitatxell’s young people in music and the study of music.

On Saturday 16th March, the saxophone quartet Púrpura Dansa will fill the Santa María Magdalena church with the music of famous composers such as Grieg, Dvorak, Valero-Castells and Piazzolla. The quintet Reversió Grup brings the traditional sound of the dulzaina to the present day, accompanied by piano and percussion.

The 30th March brings the turn of local music from the Costa Blanca with two-step pieces and music from the Festivals of Moors and Christians. Finally, the municipal music group of Santa María Magdalena will be responsible for saying farewell to the 13th Cycle of Spring Concerts in Benitatxell.

If you want to stay up to date with all the news about events taking place close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, follow our blog… and you won’t miss a thing! Every month we highlight the most relevant events so that you can choose the plans which suit you best.

The Costa Blanca gets dressed up for Carnival!

The Costa Blanca gets dressed up for Carnival!

Much like it does every year, Spain is getting ready to dress up and celebrate Carnival. Of course, the Costa Blanca will be doing its bit to display the happiness, colours, and magic of Carnival. In fact, there is sure to be a fancy dress party in every municipality in the province of Alicante during the first weekend in March. As a result, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a special night – here are our recommendations for the best Carnival celebrations on the Costa Blanca.

Benissa, close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, celebrates the holiday in a traditional way. The city gets dressed up starting in the afternoon, first with a children’s parade followed by live music in the Dolors Piera park, then an outdoor disco in Riberer square.

Two of the largest cities in Marina Alta, Denia and Calpe, also organise an event for Carnival with special activities for children. In Denia, there is a fancy dress competition with different categories to participate in: for the little ones there are two categories (Mini, up to 4 years old; and Children, from 5 to 12 years old), then there is Duo, for pairs with no age limit, and Comparsa, for groups of 3 or more people. You can find more information about schedules on the Denia Council website.

Calpe also organises a fancy dress contest in which two prizes are awarded in the individual category and up to three are given in the group category. In the evening, the party comes to the city with a parade and a charanga band battle from 12:00 onwards. You can find more information on the Caple Council website. Here, you can also enjoy something that is unique to the area – the German Carnival which is organised by the Calpe Creative Club, a group of Germans who live in the city.

One of the most famous Carnivals on the Costa Blanca is the one in Pego. The city throws itself wholeheartedly into the holiday and the celebrations even start a week beforehand with the “Baixada del RiuBullent”, a fun activity which involves a race along the river in motorless boats made by the participants themselves… in fancy dress!

Of course, the capital of the Costa Blanca, Alicante, also celebrates Carnival with a huge parade. The most important day is the 2nd March, when the well-known sábado ramblero takes over Rambla de Méndez Núñez from 10pm.

So, close to Cumbre del Sol you’ll be able to enjoy the party however you want to. Have you decided which celebration is for you? Do you have your costume ready? You still have time… but don’t take much longer to decide!

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!

Spain’s most authentic Oktoberfest is on the Costa Blanca

Spain’s most authentic Oktoberfest is on the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is home to people of many different nationalities, something which can truly be appreciated in the multicultural Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort. As a result, a whole range of customs and special days from a variety of countries are celebrated here. For example, did you know that one of Spain’s most famous Oktoberfests is held in Calpe?

This event, also known as the October festival or Beer festival, originally began in Munich in 1810, with the wedding celebrations of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. People loved it so much that the event was repeated year after year, eventually becoming a tradition and spreading to other countries. On the Alicante coastline we are lucky enough to host the most original replica of the event in Spain, Calpe Oktoberfest, which is organised by the Carnival Club of Calpe. It began in 1987 when a group of Germans who lived in the area decided to celebrate their country’s event, and in time became a tradition in Levante which welcomes over 10,000 people each year! This year, from the 24th October to the 4th November, the municipality will drink 30,000 litres of beer and dance the polka in an enormous tent set up close to the Tennis Club.

Soak up German culture at an event that is sure to leave a lasting impression. There will be typical Bavarian food – such as pork knuckle and sausages – as well as a wide selection of imported beers. And, thanks to live music from Steinsberger, the fun is guaranteed! There will also be a range of other activities like open-air dances, folk performances, tastings, and competitions as diverse as beer carrying, lumberjack tests, or milking cows… Without doubt, the best of all is the paella contest, a clear example of the wonderful fusion of the German and Spanish cultures. What could be better than enjoying a delicious paella under the Mediterranean sun… accompanied by a nice beer? Make a note in your calendar and enjoy the true German spirit at this event. We guarantee maximum fun from the word go, when the first barrel is opened by the mayor with a cry of “O’zapft is!”.

If you want to stay up to date with events and news from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort and the surrounding area, keep an eye on our blog and social media channels!

Belgian National Day in Cumbre del Sol

Belgian National Day in Cumbre del Sol

Since the first Belgian King, Leopold I, swore allegiance to the Constitution on the 21st July 1831, Belgium has celebrated its national holiday on this date. For the second year in a row, here at VAPF we have celebrated this special occasion in the La Cumbre Restaurant with all our neighbours in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.

This year, close to 200 people, among them many Belgian nationals who live in the area, came together in the magnificent location that is the La Cumbre Restaurant to enjoy a magical evening. The views of the sea and sunset helped to make this celebration of Belgian National Day a truly unforgettable experience.

To continue the celebrations, there was a prize draw. The Pepe la Sal supermarket contributed a pack of wines, Chiringuito Cala Moraig and the La Cumbre Restaurant offered a lunch or dinner for two, and Casa Vicente gave away a discount. There were also a lucky few who were given an invitation for the Belgian National Day celebrations in 2019 in Cumbre del Sol, and those who will be able to enjoy a lesson with David Ferrer or received his racket.

The attendees at this event enjoyed a menu which included a cocktail on the terrace along with delights such as smoked salmon mousse, breaded camembert with tomato jam, and breaded prawns with Pedro Ximénez sauce, among other delicious choices.

After the cocktails came the main dishes. A salmon tartare marinated with apple and avocado followed by beef entrecote with Spanish sauce, roast potatoes, and vegetables. Lastly, a Sachertorte with vanilla ice cream brought the meal to an end.

The party after the dinner was the perfect end to an evening of emotion and gifts. The music and a lively photocall, in which participants were able to enjoy some entertaining moments, ensured that everyone went home with a smile on their face, looking forward to celebrating again next year.

Events you won’t want to miss in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Events you won’t want to miss in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort

Living in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is a paradise for the senses. It is the ideal place to enjoy the house you’ve always wanted – high-quality materials and design, and spectacular sea views which are sure to leave a lasting impression.

If you want to make the most of the summer like never before, while discovering the culture and activities on offer both in Benitatxell and the neighbouring towns, today we bring you a list of events close to the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort that you won’t want to miss.

During the summer months, Benitatxell offers a wide variety of activities: both cultural and related to nature. Firstly, in July and August, you can go on a guided walk: one full tour on which you’ll be able to learn about the history of the area, which takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am; or another, which runs along the cliff, on Friday afternoons. Both routes are two and a half hours long.

Secondly, in Benitatxell, every Wednesday in August there will be a cinema screening in the Plaza de la Iglesia at 10pm: see the schedule here.

For wine lovers, there’s the unique experience of collecting Muscat grapes with your own hands while observing the sunset from the vineyards, before bringing the day to an end with a delicious al fresco dinner made using products from this region. These routes take place in English, Spanish, and Valencian.

If you’re a fan of the sea, don’t miss the 23rd Open Water Swim in the Puerto de Moraira on the 29th July. You can either take part or simply enjoy the swim as a spectator: it starts at the El Portet beach at 9:30am, with different categories from Youth to Master Plus.

In Moraira, from the 9th to the 12th August, there will also be a medieval market where you can find traditional and artisan products.

For those searching for a sports-related plan, in August there’s the tournament organised by the Javea Tennis Club, of which VAPF is a sponsor.

A unique event that’s full of light and colour is the Castell de l’Olla, a firework display which takes place on the 11th August in Altea. Enjoy the explosion of colour to the rhythm of the music and against the backdrop of the sea and night sky. This is a unique event which has been going on almost 30 years, becoming a tradition in the area.

Lastly, there are several events for you to enjoy in Cumbre del Sol: in July there’s the Belgian National Day on the 21st, and the Classic Car Rally on the 29th. See you there!