Sundays are for walking and discovering Marina Alta

Sundays are for walking and discovering Marina Alta

Have you heard of synaesthesia? It is a phenomenon where elements of the physical senses are commonly associated with feelings. An example is how Sundays and life in Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol  can be linked. That sense of calm and wellbeing so typical of the last day of the week is comparable to daily life in our villas and apartments.

That’s why Sundays are so special here and that is also why we want you to enjoy them as much as possible. So you can connect with the surrounding nature and discover all its hidden corners. This is the idea behind the Diumenges Marina Alta initiative. Have you heard of it? It’s based on physical activity and hiking and walking in Marina Alta. And the main aim is to connect with nature and the countryside in this beautiful part of the world.

Marina Alta covers 750 km2 of terrain which translates to some unique flora and fauna and stunning countryside. Beauty spots include the Peñón de Ifach, Cabo de San Antonio, Montgó and the Pego-Oliva marshlands.

These landscapes can be explored in depth and in good company as you hike the local trails with Diumenges Marina Alta. Fernando Sendra devised and supervises these routes to promote tourism in the area, and to help you spend a different kind of Sunday. Diumenges Marina Alta also has the support of local councils, including La Vall de Laguar, Orba, Parcent, Benigembla and Poble Nou de Benitatxell, home of Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. Want to know which are best walks and hiking trails in Marina Alta? We plan to tell you all about them!!

Walking in Altea

Altea and its unique, idyllic setting is ideal for a Sunday walk or hike. Faro de Albir is close by and is one of the most popular destinations for walkers, and the trail you follow along the way is as enjoyable as the final destination. Altea La Vella, Font del Garrofet and the hermitage of Santa Bárbara are other places worth seeing along another of the most frequently trodden paths in Altea. Cap Blanch, Cap Negret… there are innumerable trails in this area of the Costa Blanca with varied levels of difficulty.  It’s up to you to decide!

Walking in Calpe

The most obvious and popular walk in Calpe is clearly the one that ends with a climb up to the Peñon de Ifach. In fact the route to the top is really stunning and you won’t be disappointed by the views. But luckily there is so much more to Calpe than the Peñon de Ifach! The La Mola /Cima de l’Òlta is another of the TOP 3 for hikers in Marina Alta. Are you up for the challenge?

Walking in Denia

Denia is the ideal starting point for a walk in Marina Alta which ends on the highest peak of Montgó. As it is a mountain, the route isn’t exactly one of the easiest to attempt but it is certainly the most fun and the most spectacular. Especially if you have views of the Mediterranean in mind at the end of your trek, and as you can bask in utter peace and tranquillity at this altitude. 

Nevertheless, if you prefer a little less exertion, the Vía Verde de Dénia, along the now disused former FEVE rail track, is a lovely walk among orange trees where you can experience the very best of rural life.  La Cova de l’Aigua or the Racó del Bou are other places you can visit along your Denia walks and trails. 

Walking in Jávea

The sea is clearly the main attraction in this coastal resort when walking in Marina Alta. This is why beaches like Portitxol or Barraca are visited so frequently, as aside from offering sun and sand for a perfect day at the beach, they are the ideal scenario for a coastal trail. The sandy coves of Blanca and Sardinera and Cap Prim might well be places to jot down in your walker’s agenda so that you don’t miss out on a single stretch of this coastline.

Walking in Benissa

There are walks and trails in Marina Alta that begin in Benissa and end in other beautiful villages in the area. What is so great about walking is that you can explore so many different villages and discover their traditions on foot and witness changes at first hand. Senija and Lliber which belong to the district of Vall de Pop are just some of the places in Benissa’s trail pack. Camins de Pedra i Aigua is one of the most iconic and fascinating routes. Along the way you’ll discover the traditional hydraulic architecture of these villages, with their wells, ponds, channels and canals, water wheels, …. something really different!

Upcoming Diumenges Marina Alta

From now until the end of this year, Diumenges Marina Alta has several routes planned. Starting out from Orba and for just 5 euros, on 24 October you can enjoy a walk that passes by the castle of the Atzavares. In November you will be able to sign up to walking in Marina Alta to places such as El Seguili or Parcent. And in December, trails to Font Calenta, Sender del Badall and Les Fonts and the Ruta de la Figuereta.

Does all this make you want to start walking? It is a natural, healthy and simple way of getting to know your surroundings and spending your Sunday in places that can be found in Marina Alta and its villages and nowhere else.

Family Fun on the Costa Blanca

Family Fun on the Costa Blanca

The benevolent climate at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, means that summers are longer and we can enjoy fantastic weather throughout September in this corner of the Costa Blanca. If you’re on holiday this month and you have a big family, we tell you how you can make the most of your free time, and make sure that the littlest members will have a very special holiday.

The area surrounding Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is ideal for family fun. We are surrounded by towns and villages that are well established tourist resorts with plenty of cultural activities on offer. We also have amusement parks and water parks close by, a perfect option for children and grownups alike. Want to learn more about what’s on offer? Keep listening!

The great weather means that you can continue to enjoy the beach, the pool and why not water parks as well? They combine water and fun, words that define this time of the year. They can provide more than one memorable day out for children. Benidorm, as the capital of the Costa Blanca is host to most of the water parks. Less than an hour away from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, you’ll find Aqualandia, Mundomar and Magic Robin Hood.

Chutes and slides and other water rides are the main attractions of these parks but that is not all that’s on offer. You can also relax in more tranquil water facilities where visitors can chill out. Aqua Natura is one such place. As well as being entertaining, this Benidorm park also has an educational component. For example, you can get to know the sea lions and learn about conservation of the environment. It is a good way of teaching children how to love animals and nature.

As well as Aqua Natura, another venue that focuses on fauna and flora is Terra Natura. This is a zoo and theme park. Here children can meet their favourite animals up close. The perfect day out? What about making the most of their proximity with a family outing, taking in both places on the same day.

If you’re seeking more adrenaline in your activities on the Costa Blanca you won’t have to go far. Terra Mítica is the most famous amusement park in the Comunidad Valenciana. Arranged into representations of ancient civilisations, it evokes different periods in history, which is also a useful learning opportunity for kids.

Much closer to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, just 15 minutes away by car, is Family Park (Moraira). As the name indicates, it’s a very interesting place to spend a day out on the Costa Blanca with the family. There are seaside activities to be enjoyed for everyone and every age group.

However, aside from parks, at the Resort you can also go horse riding at Cañada del Sol riding stables, play paddle and tennis in the sports zone with trainers and coaches available if you are a beginner, or need to improve your stroke. And if you love the sea at Glamping Dreamsea, there are plenty of activities for all the family, including SUP paddle boarding, kayaking, etc.

Finally, for culture lovers, at Poble Nou de Benitatxell, where you’ll find Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, an event known as “Agost a la fresca” is held every summer. This is an open air cinema festival. Young and old alike will be glued to the screen as they are gently wafted by the warm Mediterranean breeze.

Armed with our list of activities, you and the family will have plenty to do, right up to the last moments of summer. What’s your favourite choice?

VAPF: extensive choice of homes on the Costa Blanca

VAPF: extensive choice of homes on the Costa Blanca

At VAPF we have been building homes since 1963. The Costa Blanca is the scenario for all our homes, distributed around different towns and villages, all with plenty of tourist, cultural and gastronomic attractions.

Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is our largest residential resort, located in Poble Nou de Benitatxell, where we currently have five developments. The main advantage of all the exclusive homes in Cumbre del Sol is its excellent location. Set high on a hill, yet only a few metres from the sea, Cumbre del Sol forms a natural balcony looking out onto the Mediterranean. The area is surrounded by nature, and the homes enjoy exclusive panoramic views of the sea. In addition, every service is on hand which makes it easy to live there all year round.

Montecala Gardens

Montecala Gardens, with its natural feel, has 2 bedroom apartments currently available, fully equipped and with 2 bathrooms. Luxury apartments in Cumbre del Sol with communal areas that match the exclusive homes, with several pools, ample terraces, children’s play areas, gardens etc. An ideal development for a relaxing family life.

Magnolias Design, ultra-modern independent villas in Cumbre del Sol, designed to make the most of the sea views and with some top design features, with 3 and 4 bedrooms, spacious living areas, outdoor zones with porches, terraces, private pool and garden. The villas are ready to move into now.

However, if you like to walk everywhere, to the sports area, the shopping centre and restaurants, your ideal home is Villa Edén. Located in the Encinas Design development, its architecture and aesthetic are particularly striking. The style is ultra-modern, with clean lines and with white as the defining feature. Three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the top floor, all facing the sea. On the ground floor, the living room, and the kitchen with breakfast bar form an extension of the terrace.

Villa Edén

The most exclusive option in the Resort, ideal for those who would like their own customised home, is Residencial Jazmines, a unique location, where there are plots designated for building spacious homes, and currently we have 3 luxury villas under construction, Villa Amanecer, Villa Estrella and Villa Luna , which you are sure to love, or which will inspire you to create your own home with VAPF’s help.

Finally, we present our new residential development in Cumbre del Sol: Novamar Suites 2. A block of exclusive apartments on the Costa Blanca. Right on the sea front, in one of the most exclusive areas of the Mediterranean coast. It has an area specially created to enjoy both outdoors and indoors alike, and all the rooms have access to a terrace, if you are interested, just ask our pre- sales department for more information.

But Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is not the only place where we have houses and apartments available. As we have mentioned, there are other homes in different parts of the Costa Blanca, such as Altea for example. Blanc Altea Homes and Azure Altea Homes 2 are two developments in this area of Alicante province. The latter has two models of three storey homes equipped for maximum comfort, style and elegance: Villa Senza and Villa Plenum. They have plenty of open spaces, both indoor and out, and both homes bask in the Mediterranean light.

Villa Senza

Now let’s take a look at Racó de Galeno-Benissa, where VAPF also has a presence. Three en suite bedrooms, and an impressive master bedroom which is striking in that it has a bathroom equipped with a bath that overlooks the sea. Does that sound good? That’s what Villa Neva, already under construction, will offer. Villa Lena is another of the fabulous homes that we are building. This villa is built for comfort with all the rooms distributed over a single floor.

Finally, we before we finish this blog post, we need to tell you about La Sella. This development of three bedroom apartments in Denia is the jewel in our crown. Golf Suites La Sella has something special for every member of the family: relaxation, fun, sports … You can find it all in a golfing atmosphere with El Club de Golf La Sella just a few steps away. Equipped with both outdoor and indoor heated pools, the communal areas offer some incredible places for simply taking it easy or playing sports to keep fit. You will also find a wellness zone and gardens. Every inch of this development has something to make it ideal for your new life by the sea.

Golf Suites La Sella

Now that you have seen everything we have to offer on the Costa Blanca. Exclusive homes in Cumbre del Sol, apartments in La Sella, Custom Villas in Racó de Galeno-Benissa and Altea, it’s up to you to decide! We will be here waiting to help.

Start Your New Life by Taking a Look at the Best Areas to Live in Alicante

Start Your New Life by Taking a Look at the Best Areas to Live in Alicante

Whenever you think of Alicante province you inevitably think of its beautiful beaches, excellent climate, and delicious cuisine. Some of the good things that make this Mediterranean paradise the perfect place to start a new life. Out of 140 municipal districts in the province, we have selected some of the best places for you to build your new home. Why not come with us as we wander around Alicante and we can show you.

Altea

Nestling between the sea and the mountains, Altea is known for its beaches with their sparkling turquoise waters and the white facades of its houses. To live in Altea means to wake up to sea views and to switch off in the blissful natural setting of the Sierra de Bernia and Sierra Helada mountains. One of the most beautiful villages in the Valencian Community awaits you!

Benitatxell – Cumbre del Sol

If your plans include moving to a peaceful residential complex equipped with all the services you need, Cumbre del Sol is the perfect choice.  Located in Benitatxell, this resort has direct access to the spectacular sandy beaches of Cala Moraig, Cala de los Tiestos and Cala del Llebeig. Cumbre del Sol also organises sporting and leisure events all year round, thanks to the area’s agreeable climate.

Denia

Denia is not just somewhere to spend the summer holidays, it is also the perfect place to make your permanent home. With its pleasant climate, you can spend time outdoors, enjoying the beach and the mountains whatever the season. Not to mention the food! The area’s famous red prawns and delicious arroz a banda rice dish will please even the most demanding gourmet palates.

Moraira

Moraira is considered by many to be one of the prettiest municipalities along the Alicante coast. And with good reason! With its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, this place is perfect if you are seeking your new life by the sea under the Costa Blanca sun. And Moraira is also a district with a lot of history just waiting to be discovered as you stroll around its medieval streets or visit its imposing castle.

Benissa

Benissa is another amazing jewel of the Costa Blanca. From its steep and narrow streets to its blissful beaches, Benissa has everything you could possibly need to make it your new home. And as a special bonus, from Bahia de es Bassetes or from your very own balcony, you can enjoy fabulous views of the Peñon de Ifach.

Still wondering about where you would like to wake up every day in Alicante? Why not take a look at our developments at Azure Altea Homes 2, Magnolias Sunset, Golf Suites La Sella o Montecala Gardens to help you decide. Contact us now and begin designing your new life.

Discover the Upper Marina

Discover the Upper Marina

If you’ve chosen to live on the Costa Blanca, you will benefit from an exceptional quality of life: a mild climate year-round, surrounded by natural landscapes and a region rich in gastronomy and history. Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is located in the heart of the Marina Alta region and just a few kilometres away from nice towns that are waiting to be explored. Therefore, we’ve decided to tell you all about some of them so that you can get to know the whole area both in summer and in winter.

Benissa: Interior and coast

Benissa is a coastal town that we recommend you visit on a walk from the centre. The cobblestone streets and historical buildings of the town will transport you directly to the medieval era. It’s worth noting the church, the old hospital (which now houses the Town Hall), the Andrés and Pere Bigot houses and even the Abargues Museum house dating back to the 18th century, which you can visit.

Another advantage of Benissa is, without doubt, its coastal location. The Fustera beach is the largest and is perfect for spending a day with the family, while the Llobella and Advocat coves are ideal for diving. In addition, you can explore this last part of the Ecological Path: a 4 km long path that borders the sea and offers an impressive view of Calpe and Moraira. If you feel like doing the whole route, you can go as far as Calpe (9 km).

Calpe: History and culture

The symbol of Calpe is undoubtedly the Peñón de Ifach. It is a 332-meter-high rock formation that offers a breath-taking view and is home to many species. This walk requires good physical fitness, at least after passing the tunnel.

Continue along the promenade and contemplate the magnificent Roman ruins that were built between the second and fourth centuries. In the water you can find remains of a fish farm, while on the other side of the promenade you can find hot springs ruins.

Another part of the city that you can’t miss is its historical centre. Go to the Plaça de la Villa and stroll the cobblestone streets with colourful houses. In addition, the Torreó de la Peá defensive tower, built in the 15th century, awaits you at the end of your walk and houses the Museum of Collections.

Dénia: History, cuisine and shopping

There‘s  no doubt that the most impressive element of Denia is its castle, where the archaeological museum is also located. After learning about its history, take a stroll through the old town to do some shopping or taste the region’s typical dishes. Furthermore, take the time to get lost among its narrow streets to discover the city’s various neighbourhoods; the fishermen’s neighbourhood (Baix la Mar) is colourful and Les Roques is characterized by its one-story simple homes. This walk will give you the opportunity to explore the lesser known locations of the city, like the church, the castle’s tunnel (used as refuge during the war) or the Els Magazinos gastronomic space.

The tour ends at the port’s breakwater so you can admire the city from this vantage point and to discover the great variety of trails that are in the surroundings.

Now all you have to do is choose one of the destinations to have a little adventure! Don’t forget to check out our blog regularly and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out all about life on the Costa Blanca and our luxury villa and apartment developments.