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.
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Though you may also arrive at your next destination with suitcases… this time it will be to stay and live there! The Costa Blanca, with its 240km coastline and its average yearly temperature of 18 degrees, is a haven for those who want a peaceful and ideal home to live in. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that this is one of the healthiest climates in the world. So, are you ready to start your new life in this fabulous part of Spain?
In addition to its good climate, there are three main reasons why the Costa Blanca is your destination to live in:
- Gastronomy: We’re sure we won’t have to explain much about this point to you. Though the famous Costa Blanca rice dishes are being replicated all over the world, the originals are found here. And, throughout the entire area there are different options so that you can try them all and choose the one you like best! Beyond this typical dish, Alicante also has restaurants where you can sample some delicious dishes. Up to five establishments have at least one Michelin star, and the list keeps on growing!
But it’s not just rice we have here on the Alicante coast. The “denominación de orígen” classification of Alicante wines is one of the most recognised in Spain and does not include just one type of wine. You will be able to taste wines of all kinds: white, red, sparkling, and fondillón, a unique type of wine from Alicante.
In addition to the wide variety of wines in the area, another star product is chocolate. Very close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is Villajoyosa, a municipality with a great chocolate tradition where there are a number of companies which, for years, have worked to produce the best sweets in the country.
- Tradition: The tradition of the Costa Blanca is reflected in all areas: both in gastronomy and in the daily life of its people and visitors. The best way to understand a culture is to experience the main holidays and traditions that take place throughout the year. The Moors and Christians, the Bonfires of San Juan, and the Falles are just some of the most important celebrations in some of the municipalities in the region which will help you to better understand the history of an area with many moments to celebrate and to remember.
- Nature: The status of the Costa Blanca’s climate as one of the healthiest in the world is also due to the large number of natural parks in the area. And, of course, its beaches and coves deserve a special mention. Many of them are very close to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.
The numerous possibilities available on the Costa Blanca make it a perfect place to live. Do you need more information about the property developments we have here at VAPF? Contact us via this link and get ready to start your new life on the Costa Blanca.
If you are a nature lover, living in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort gives you the chance to make the most of it. Few people can enjoy the privilege of watching the sunrise every day in your home facing the sea located in an ideal location surrounded by nature. Do you want to discover the most iconic spots and nature parks of the region? Take note and go out to discover them!
The Granadella Natural Park is known for being one of the few places that remain almost untouched on the Mediterranean coast and has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) of the Valencian Community and a Place of Community Interest (SCI) Penyassegats de la Marina. In addition to its great ecological and landscape value, the Granadella Natural Park also conceals some examples of the region’s historical and cultural heritage, such as traditional lime kilns or caves-shelter. In this enchanting area you will also find one of the most beautiful coves in the area, which shares its name with the park: Cala de la Granadella.
The park is just a 15 minute drive from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort and, if you are a sports lover, you can get there by bicycle or by walking along the PR-CV-354. Due to the privileged proximity of the park to Cumbre del Sol, the owners of our luxury apartments and villas can easily enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, snorkeling or mountain biking.
A little further, in the Albir, we find the Sierra Helada Natural Park. Its curious name comes from two reasons: one of them is because it creates a colder microclimate than the surrounding one and the second reason is because some nights the brightness of the moon on the limestone creates a reflection similar to frozen surfaces. The natural park occupies almost the complete mountain range of the same name and stands out for its abrupt relief and cliffs of more than 300 metres. Nearby, in Calpe, is the well-known Peñón de Ifach Natural Park, whose rock has become one of the most recognised icons on the Costa Blanca over the years.
Another of the natural parks less than an hour from Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is the Marjal de Pego-Oliva Natural Park, which is characterised by the high quality of its waters, as this area has one of the highest rainfall indices in the Valencian Community. One of the main curiosities of this place are the underground water springs that create small water lagoons. This natural park also highlights its biodiversity, both animal and plant.
The Macizo del Montgó Natural Park is also less than an hour drive from Cumbre del Sol and is characterised by having the largest cliffs in the area, its maximum height of 753 m above sea level and a flora of more than 650 species. It is also home to the Natural Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio de Jávea, a very emblematic place in the province of Alicante.
Begin your adventure! Come and visit each of these places. At VAPF we advise you to wear comfortable clothes, suitable footwear, water and sun protection. We are sure that you will fall in love with every corner!
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!
Alicante is the perfect destination for both those who are looking for a few days of relaxation, and those who want to start a new life close to the Mediterranean Sea. Beyond the beaches with crystal-clear water and the exceptional gastronomy of the Costa Blanca, the Alicante region is also known for its castles and fortresses whose incredible stories will transport you back through time. If you want to experience this adventure for yourself, the Alicante Provincial Council suggests following a Route of 100 Costa Blanca Castles on which you can discover the footprints left by different people and cultures over history.
To start, we suggest you have a look at five of the best castles near Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort.
The closest route to Cumbre del Sol is called “The Frontier of fear castle route”. The name recalls the history of these fortifications: the proximity to the sea helped the inhabitants to see when the enemy was approaching the Costa Blanca coasts. For this reason, we can add other towns like Altea, Calpe, Jávea and Denia to this list, among which the Guadalest and Denia castles stand out.
Denia castle was built at the highest point of the town to be able to scan the horizon and watch out for any possible attacks. This characteristic gives us the chance to enjoy a wonderful view while visiting the castle.
In the case of Guadalest, as soon as you get there, you will realise why it is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. The San José Castle, embedded in the rock with the Guadalest reservoir behind, helps us understand why this location was an important fort during the Middle and the Modern Ages.
If we travel south from Cumbre del Sol, we find the “Key to the Kingdom Route”. In this case, we are welcomed by the Santa Bárbara Castle, in Alicante, less than an hour’s drive from Cumbre del Sol. The imposing figure on the top of the Benacantil mountain is one of the most recognisable views of the capital of the Costa Blanca. However, the Castle houses much more inside. The artistic heritage from the Muslim era catches everyone’s attention while walking along the castle esplanade, but the favourite part for all those from Alicante is at the top. From the lookout point, you can admire one of the best panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
Also in the province, we find the “Vinalopó Castles” route where we leave the coast behind for a while and enjoy a beautiful landscape dominated by plains and grapes.
In this route, two must-see castles are the Banyeres de Mariola and the Biar castles.
Both have a double walled enclosure built due to the strategic location. Both castles were built with the clear purpose of dominating a region in which the extensive valleys were once great battlefields.
The Alicante region has several places that are very important from a cultural point of view, and in this post, we have talked about only a few of them! Have a look at all the castles routes suggested by the Alicante Provincial Council and choose one that piques your interest. Don’t think twice – come to discover the rich history of the Costa Blanca!
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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