Say Goodbye Winter and Hello to Spring at the “Fesalí, Alcalalí in Bloom”

Say Goodbye Winter and Hello to Spring at the “Fesalí, Alcalalí in Bloom”

Even though winter hasn’t officially ended, spring has already started to blossom in the province of Alicante. Wintertime is usually synonymous with cold weather, rain or even snow, but that’s not the case on the Costa Blanca! At Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, our residents have the luxury of waking up to sunny skies and pleasant weather almost all year long. Spring is the best time of year to discover new and colourful places near your home, which is why the town of Alcalalí is the perfect place to visit! It is offering the opportunity to look at life through rose coloured glasses during their four-weekend long “Feslalí, Alcalalí in Bloom” festival (Feslalí, Alcalalí en flor).

Throughout February, the landscape is painted in pink as the almond trees, which are so characteristic of the area, can be seen in full bloom. For the fifth year in a row, Alcalalí celebrates the flowering of these trees with a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the month. Located in La Marina Alta, Alcalalí is only a 30-minute drive from your home at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend your weekends taking part in events, contests, hikes and more!

The festival kicks off on the 1st of February with the inauguration of a tapas route in which almonds are, naturally, the star ingredient. Each establishment has prepared special menus, exclusive to the festival, aimed to celebrate the arrival of spring through classic tapas dishes with a twist. Visit different bars and restaurants in Alcalalí throughout the month and revel in this unique gastronomic experience. As you tour through Alcalalí and savour all these amazing dishes, don’t forget to pick up your camera and take part in the photomarathon! If you enjoy photo-tourism, this event is for you! Participate in the photography contest and preserve the memories you’ll be making among the budding trees.

The contests don’t end there; you can participate in a baking competition the very next day! The main requirement is the use of Alcalalí’s famous almonds as the primary ingredient. If baking isn’t for you or you just want to appreciate the blossoming trees even more, then you can join in on one of the various hikes organised every weekend. Additionally, on the 15th, you can challenge yourself and hike up the 13km ‘Peña Talaia’ trail, and on the 16th, your pet can join in on the festivities with you during the pet-friendly hike.

If you’re more theatrically inclined, the second weekend of the festival offers theatre performances which highlight various issues facing the community. There is also a gymkhana on Sunday at City Hall. Meanwhile, the third weekend is once again all about food. It’ll be impossible to run out of things to do! Don’t hesitate and look through the festival’s programming that lists all the activities this charming town has in store for the next few weekends.

The festival ends with a bang, hosting both an artisan market full of handmade goods and local products, as well as a fair accompanied by performances and parades. Children can also take part in traditional songs and games on either day respectively. There’s truly something for everyone, so take the opportunity to celebrate spring a little early thanks to Alicante’s idyllic surroundings and weather! Lastly, don’t forget to check out our blog regularly as well as our social networks so you can stay up to date with all the incredible events going on around you!

Don’t miss the “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni 2020” festivities!

Don’t miss the “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni 2020” festivities!

2020 kicks off on the Costa Blanca with the traditional “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni 2020” celebration. This well-known festival is held every year in Benissa in honour of San Antonio Abad, the patron saint of animals, and offers a wide range of activities that you don’t want to miss.

This celebration has been declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest of Spain and attracts thousands of visitors from the Marina Alta area and the whole province of Alicante. From the 10th to the 26th of January, the town of Benissa transforms into the protagonist of the area, with a full programme of activities including different cultural and sporting activities, fair attractions, workshops and exhibitions, music and performances, etc.

The “Fira” kicks off on Friday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. with the opening of the fair rides, followed by the inauguration of the photo exhibition “Bailes del Corpues en Benissa. 10 años de participación popular” at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Benissa l’Esbart Dansaire group and an exhibition that includes drawings from the school children’s’ contest for the Festival of Moors 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

The Bonfire day in honour of San Antonio takes place on Saturday, January 11th, an event in which all collectives and neighbours are invited to attend.

At 10:00 a.m. the day will start with a popular lunch in the tent located in the D. Joaquin Piera and Dña. Mariana Torres Park and at 11:00 a.m. the preparations for the bonfire will begin, in which the pine tree and other firewood is transported from the Portal Square, passing through Calle Purísima to the Rey Jaime I Square. This will be followed by a workshop in which children can paint masks to use when dancing around the bonfire, the building of the bonfire, and a tasting of typical and traditional products as well as a popular meal in the tent located in the D. Joaquin Piera and Dña. Mariana Torres Park.

You can take advantage of the opportunity to try local cuisine, as well as enjoy traditional Valencian music in the same tent in the park.

This will be followed by the official kick off of the “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni 2020,” the Sant Antoni popular folk dances, the blessing and lighting of the bonfire in Rey Jaime I Square and the “demon dance” around the bonfire (diablera), starting at the Casal dels Joves, passing through Calle Purissima and ending at the bonfire.

The day will wrap up with a popular dinner and a musical performance inside the tent located in the D. Joaquín Piera y Dña. Mariana Torres Park.

Consult the complete program here for all the festivities. Take advantage of the opportunity to experience first-hand one of the most typical traditions from Valencia, here along the Costa Blanca.

So that you don’t miss out on anything that’s going on at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, check our blog and follow us on our social media accounts!

Oktoberfest 2019: Enjoy a bit of German culture on the Costa Blanca

Oktoberfest 2019: Enjoy a bit of German culture on the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca has so much to offer and every day, more and more people are opting to start their new life in this wonderful region. That’s why, given its location in a natural enclave and the warm temperatures you can enjoy all year, our Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is the ideal place for you to enjoy your terrace with or without pool, the sea, and the best views. It’s also worth noting that if you decide to start a new life in Cumbre del Sol, you won’t be lacking for anything as you’ll find sports facilities, restaurants, a friendly international environment with people from all over the world, and many attractions to discover. Apart from the historical and cultural attractions of the area, the Costa Blanca is a touristic zone which can be easily be observed, considering the many events organised in big cities close to Cumbre del Sol. One of the most important of those is Oktoberfest.

As has been tradition since 1987, the Calpe Club Creativo has organised an Oktoberfest from the 2nd through the 13th of October, which will take place in a large tent next to the Calpe Tennis Club. The main protagonist of the event will be German beer, but don’t not forget that there will also be folklore as well as typical German products and cuisine. In order to properly kick off such an important event for our German community and the city of Calpe, the mayor will be tapping the first keg and will crown the Festival Queen 2019. From that day on, there are various events planned such as jug lifting contests, Bavarian lunches, prizes for the 3 best costumes and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover German culture first-hand and taste typical German dishes while attending one of the Steinsberger concerts.

Can’t make it during these dates? Maybe you didn’t have enough time to try all the different varieties? Don’t worry, because the Teulada-Moraira Oktoberfest will take place from the 18th through the 20th of October in the Les Sorts car park. Take advantage of these three days to feel like you’re really in Germany, thanks to all the different German beers you can try, typical dishes, and special music.

These events give you the opportunity to celebrate traditions that are known throughout the world and to make new friends. Don’t wait; get your ticket today and travel to Germany without leaving the Costa Blanca! We also invite you to check our blog regularly as well as our social networks, so that you’ll be up to date about the organized events going on near you and to receive any information you might need about VAPF properties.

Celebrate the magic of Saint John’s Eve with us!

Celebrate the magic of Saint John’s Eve with us!

Summer is filled with activities at Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort and we’ve been anxiously waiting for the 23rd of June to get here, in order to celebrate Saint John’s Eve with you once again! This is a magical night filled with rituals and celebration around bonfires and by the water, with the hopes of attracting love, good luck and leaving behind bad omens.

For this reason, we want to celebrate Saint John’s Eve for the second year in a row, with a special evening that will be shared with VAPF workers and Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort residents alike. We hope over the years to turn this into an annual tradition. Will you come celebrate and help us turn this Saint John’s Eve into an unforgettable night?

The event will take place at Restaurante La Cumbre and much fun is sure to be had by all! We’ll have dinner along with music and a festive atmosphere, we can’t wait to see you there! If you want to celebrate this exciting event with us, just send an email before the 20th of June to cumbredelsol@vapf.com to reserve your spot. When you write to us, just let us know your contact and the number of people in your party. In the next few days we will respond with information to let you know the menu, price, time, and some of the surprises we have planned. We’ll save a few of them for the big night though!

Don’t forget that the big evening is this Sunday, June the 23rd. We hope you will join us! We promise an unforgettable night in which we will get to know each other a bit better and strengthen the sense of community between Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort neighbours as well as those from nearby villages that want to come out for this wonderful night! Don’t forget to mark the date on your calendar. We’ll see you there!

Springtime festivals and celebrations that you can’t miss near Cumbre del Sol

Springtime festivals and celebrations that you can’t miss near Cumbre del Sol

Tradition and celebration are very much alive in the Autonomous Region of Valencia, as we are sure you have already noticed! Throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in local festivities and soak up a bit of the culture of the millor terreta del món (the best place in the world), as the region of Alicante is popularly known.

Below you will find a series of festivals that you cannot miss near the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort during April:

Patron Saint’s Day Celebration in honour of Puríssima Xiqueta (April 26th – May 5th)

These celebrations take place every year on the fourth Sunday in April, in which the Coronación de la Reina (Queen’s Crowning) is one of the most noteworthy acts. The streets are decorated during these special days and there are activities for both children and adults alike. You will find parades where residents dress in traditional costumes accompanied by the sound of local musical instruments such as the dulzaina and the tabal. Processions will also take place in honour of the Patron Saint. In addition, there will be activities to suit all ages: a children’s playground, parades with floats, costumes, and orchestras so that you can dance the night away. You can’t miss the mascletadas (La Mascletà is a show that combines sound, smoke, and colour) at noon and the firework displays at night.

The following Monday, Riberero day is celebrated (riberers in Valencian). This is a local festival in which Benissa residents pay tribute to a symbolic figure in memory of the peasants who moved to the riverbed of the Júcar River to work as temporary migrants in rice crops. The last days of the festival are dedicated to a releasing of the cows (suelta de vacas); the residents of Benissa build what are called, carafales: iron bar cages that allows them to get closer and see when the cows are released. Here you can see all the programming:

The Patron Saint’s Day Celebration in honor of Sant Vicent Ferrer in Teulada.

The festivities in Teulada are celebrated from April 25th through May 5th. It kicks off with activities such as a traditional game of pelota valenciana (Valencian handball) and parades with bands that accompany the festeros (residents in traditional costume) through the streets of Teulada. The town is filled with music and festivities that encourages participation from everyone. On Saturday, the popular Crowning of the Festival Queens event takes place and all of the festeros dress up to officially kick off the celebration.

In these festivals, you can find both religious events such as processions and offerings as well as more festive activities such as despertadas (the awakenings: where music, firecrackers, and bangers are heard throughout the town) and popular dinners. There is something for all ages: the little ones can enjoy the caceroladas (beating pots and pans), animation, and children’s playground, as well as the best orchestras and bands. You cannot miss the sounds of gunpowder with the mascletadas and fireworks displays.

The festivities wrap up with a running of the bulls for everyone to enjoy.

At Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort you can count on an abundance of traditional festivals all year long. Have you made a list yet of the ones you’d like to attend this spring?

The MitjafavaFest has arrived to Benitatxell!

The MitjafavaFest has arrived to Benitatxell!

If you live in the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort, you will soon discover that long-lived traditions are very much alive in El Poble Nou de Benitatxell. The perfect example is the MijtafavaFest (previously the Fest del Vi de la Fava), an event that brings together two things that the village takes upmost pride in: wine and broad beans.

This year, the festival will be spread out over 10 days, from March 29th through April 7th. It is a week of gastronomy accompanied by a packed program of talks, documentary screenings, wine and beer tastings, contests and folkloric literature.

From April 1st to 5th you can enjoy the Broad Bean Culinary Week by visiting bars and restaurants in Poble Nou de Benitatxell, which will offer the typical “broad bean rice” dish, “arròs amb fava.” The schedule is as follows: April 1st at Bar Trillaora, April 2nd at La Cumbre, April 3rd at Antiquary, April 4th at Ca Toni Monica and on April 5th at Tribes.

On Friday, April 5th, the Valencian Arts and Crafts Fair will kick off and go on the whole weekend. It includes an interactive farm, stalls and traditional craft workshops. To take part in the most traditional activity of the week, don’t miss the Broad Bean Route, “Ruta de Fava” on April 6th.  You will have the opportunity to travel, by car, to a vegetable garden and harvest beans as well as enjoy a popular lunch and music by Colla la Llebetjà.

On the 6th, other activities such as passacaglia music and traditional dance will take place. At noon the “Beer and vermouth hour” will begin and you will be able to enjoy craft beer stands. At 13:15 the monologues “L’hora de dir favades” by César Monzonís will be taking place.

In the afternoon, the Tardeo Poblero will kick off, with music and tapas as well as children’s shows and animation. Finally, at 18:45, the Rock & Fava festival will begin with performances by The Soulomonics, Nuc, La Fúmiga and Atupa.

On Sunday, April 7th, there will be a lunch service through Casa del Rocío and the Tapifava Festival will kick off with broad bean tapas at affordable prices. In addition, throughout the day there will be several activities for adults and children, such as a gymkhana taken from the short story “El gegant Mitjafava,” the MasterFavaXef children’s workshop, the VII Wine Competition and a Cooking show by Alberto Ferruz in which the “town broad bean” will be the protagonist. Alberto Ferruz is chef of BonAmb, a restaurant which holds two Michelin stars and three Repsol suns.

The festival wraps up with an award ceremony for the winners of the wine contest, as well as the “longest and heaviest bean contests,” the “fava més llarga” and “fava de més gallons” in Valencian. Last year the longest bean reached 45.3 centimetres, while the heaviest bean was 11 “gallons”. And, lastly, the Jazzmàtiks concert can be enjoyed while eating the typical dish, “broad bean paella” or “arròs sec amb faves”.

Experience first-hand the most deeply rooted traditions of the Costa Blanca! Follow our blog and our social media to stay up-to-date with all the events happening near the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.