Activities to enjoy nature (2): Mountain

Activities to enjoy nature (2): Mountain

Costa Blanca is much more than its paradisical beaches. In this article, we’ll tell you about some activities you can enjoy in nature around Cumbre del Sol. This time, the plans are on dry land: horse-riding, golf, and various spectacular hiking routes for all levels.

Horse-riding in Cumbre del Sol

Riding a horse increases your balance and improves your posture. And if that wasn’t enough, it also increases muscle tone throughout the body and is good for your mental health. And to top it all off, riding the trails of Cumbre del Sol and enjoying the natural scenery turns into a unique experience. Whether you are an experienced rider or have never seen a horse up close, the Cañada del Sol Equestrian Centre offers you everything you are looking for. Lessons, booking guided excursions in different areas and for all levels. It is also a recovery centre and has a restaurant with a daily menu for a great day out.

Horse-riding in the Costa Blanca

Golf courses with captivating views

Golfing in Costa Blanca North is one of the unique experiences of living in Cumbre del Sol. With excellent temperatures all year round, golfing conditions are optimal 365 days a year. Playing golf whilst enjoying the outdoors and good weather is a luxury that only a few special places can boast.

A few minutes away from Cumbre del Sol, you can visit different courses and play your favourite sport. The Golf Club in Javea is a definite one to visit if you don’t want to travel too far and enjoy very well looked after courses. The Ifach Golf Club near Teulada-Moraira is a certainly impressive course. Given its location, you can enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean and the Peñón de Ifach whilst teeing off surrounded by pine trees. Another two very interesting options for golfing around Residential Cumbre del Sol are La Sella and Golf Club Altea. La Sella (near Montgo natural park) with numerous clubs, was designed by José María Olazábal and has 27 holes. Golf Club Altea is another place to enjoy golf and has a 40 year long history.

Golf with sea views

Captivating hiking routes

Living in Cumbre del Sol means embracing nature and feeling surrounded by it. Not only for its incredible views of the sea, beaches and coves of the Mediterranean. But also for its extensive green areas and the number of natural parks in the area. One of the best known is the Granadella Natural Park. Thanks to this, the Costa Blanca coastline offers a wide range of spectacular hiking routes.

One of the best known hiking routes is probably the cliff paths. Along the coast of Benitachell there are spectacular geographic features in the form of cliffs. Some of them are even more than 100 metres above sea level. This route separates Cala del Moraig cove from Cala Llebeig cove. It is 4 kilometres long and is quite a pleasant walk due to its low-medium difficulty.

Montgo is one of the best natural parks in the area. There are many different hiking routes to do throughout. We recommend you do the classic route which runs through almost the entire park, it’s not very demanding in terms of slopes and terrain, but it will take you about 6 hours, as it covers about 16 kilometres. Within the natural park there are other interesting routes such as the Cova Tallada and Torre del Gerro.

The Abiar-Calistros route runs around the town of Benitachell and starts right in its town centre. This route focuses more on visiting key points in the town. Some of them being the Plaza de la Iglesia and the Portalet. It also takes you to the camí de la Torreta and the old system of natural wells.

Although this article was supposed to be dedicated to activities on dry land, we think we can make a small exception. We recommend the underwater route to discover the Moraig Cave. Above all, for diving lovers, it is a very interesting dive due to the special geological conditions of the place.

Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol offers a wide and varied range of plans, all falling underneath the same umbrella. Essentially, enjoying nature, the Mediterranean climate and an exclusive area such as the Costa Blanca North. We are talking about exclusivity in every sense of the word. Don’t miss our next articles to discover more activities and news.

Discover 8 authentic villages in the Marina Alta region

Discover 8 authentic villages in the Marina Alta region

Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is a residential development located in an idyllic setting in the Marina Alta region, a region known for its gastronomy, its natural surroundings and its magnificent villages. So, to enjoy nature, there is nothing like a family outing in the area around your home. One of these must-do routes is the 8 villages route (Ruta dels 8 pobles). A curious name, isn’t it? Read on, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

This trail connects the 8 picturesque villages of the Vall de Gallinera, in the centre of the Marina Alta: Benirrama, Benialí, Benissivà, Benitaia, La Carroja, Llombai, Alpatró and Benissili. You can do this walk at any time of the year, but we recommend going in March when the cherry trees are in bloom and doing it in one or two trips. If you choose to walk the 15 km in a single day, you can return to the starting point by bus; another option we suggest before starting your route on foot is traveling to the end with two cars and leaving one parked, so that you can drive back once you have finished the walk. The bravest can go through the Serra Foradá on the way there and return through the 8 villages (more than 25 km). However, if you prefer to rest and do the route in 2 days, you can always stay in any of these picturesque villages. The most important one is Benialí, where the tourist office and the town hall of Vall de Gallinera are located.

As you may already know, this 15 km route passes through the valley, so you will find a rather flat and rocky terrain. For this reason, as for any other excursion, we can only recommend that you always wear appropriate footwear, protect yourself well, especially from the sun, and always carry a small backpack with water and a snack. The great advantage of this excursion is that you will find bars and restaurants in every village, as well as fountains and laundry rooms.

The charm of this route lies in the beauty of the valley and the history of its villages. It is an activity that brings you closer to nature and enriches you on a cultural level, as everything you come across takes you back in time. In fact, the Arab origin of these 8 villages is still present in their names. The whole family will be delighted with this adventurous experience.

If you have already done this route and are looking for more ideas, we remind you that this same valley is full of different trails, such as the Benissili castle trail. For more suggestions, don’t hesitate to visit our blog and follow us on Facebook and Instagram– go out and explore the world around you!

Hiking Trails with Wonderful Views Near Cumbre del Sol (II)

Hiking Trails with Wonderful Views Near Cumbre del Sol (II)

A few weeks ago, we told you about various hiking routes near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, so that you could get to know the area where you live in more detail. But, as there are so many options available and we wanted you to get to know them all, we decided to do a second article in which we discussed more about the routes. Read on and discover more reasons why the Costa Blanca is ideal.

We’ll start with the area to the north of Cumbre del Sol, which does not lag behind in terms of beauty, as it is a nature reserve where you will find magnificent coves and trails that you’ll love. The nearest road, named after this well-known beach which is just a few kilometres from your home, is El Castell de la Granadella. Then, if you leave this cove behind and follow the signs indicating the proximity of an asphalted road, you will reach a place where you can admire the Punta de Ámbolo cove and the Isla del Descubridor. Continue a little further and you will reach the ruins of Granadella Castle and the top of the hill from where you can admire the cliffs of Benitachell, Cap d’Or de Moraira and, of course, the Rock of Ifach.

El Cap Prim is a few kilometres north of La Granadella and offers different paths for various walks. After parking near the Portitxol crossing, you can reach the peak of Cap Prim or explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the area: Cala Barraca or Portitxol with its famous fishermen’s houses or even Cala Sardinera, one of the most secluded on the Costa Blanca as its only access is on foot or by sea.

Cova Tallada

Finally, in the Cap de Sant Antoni and in the heart of the Montgó Natural Park, you will find the Cova Tallada trail, a cave bathed by the sea that was used for centuries as a quarry. It is a complicated access that is monitored from the 15th to the 30th of September, so it is necessary to make a reservation, access with a permit and identity card and, at most, you can only stay for an hour and a half. You can get there from the port of Jávea and marvel at the beauty of Cap de Sant Antoni or from Dénia (Les Rotes) on a shorter but equally magnificent excursion. Don’t forget to bring water shoes, sunglasses and snorkel to discover the seabed of this natural reserve.

As you will have seen, there are many options available to you to connect with nature! Remember that in our blog we always tell you about all the activities you can do near Cumbre del Sol and that we always keep you up to date on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Don’t hesitate and follow us!

Hiking Trails with Wonderful Views Near Cumbre del Sol (I)

Hiking Trails with Wonderful Views Near Cumbre del Sol (I)

You are spending time enjoying the sun and sea views on your terrace while organizing your day. If you don’t feel like leaving Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, you can go to the beach, play a game of tennis, go horseback riding, pamper yourself at the salon, do your shopping at the supermarket, or eat at one of the many bars or restaurants. You can also opt to stretch your legs while admiring the stunning landscape, but maybe you’ve already walked all the Cumbre del Sol trails. No worries, because here we’ll leave you with some other routes close by that you’ll quickly fall in love with.

Let’s begin my heading south and making a stop at the Albir lighthouse, where you can park your vehicle in a lot at the entrance of the natural park. At the beginning of this 5 km trail – completely paved – there is an information point, public toilets and picnic tables. This is a simple 5 km route that offers great views of the coast of Altea and the cliffs that end at the lighthouse, where you can visit the interpretation center. If you still feel like more adventure, you can take the path near the lighthouse that goes down to the mine or follow the path that leads to the highest point of Serra Gelada (438 m): Alt del Governador.

The Torre de les Caletes route is in the Serra Gelada Natural Park, but a little further south as we are in Benidorm. We advise you to leave your vehicle at the Levante beach as there is no parking at the starting point of this trail: Punta del Pinet. This road is asphalted and will get you to the Punta de les Caletes, where you’ll find a tower with the same name. In addition, it passes through l’Almadraba and Tio Ximo coves, where you can take a dip or stop to rest for a while. This walk borders the coast and can be done by people of all ages.

Continuing on our way, we’ll leave our car at the El Torres beach (Villajoyosa) so we can join the Sendero de la Costa (Coastal Track), about 7.5 km round trip. This excursion is particularly pleasant because it passes by various coves, such as Racó del Conill, where you can take a refreshing dip, until you reach Finestrat. Finestrat is the ideal place for a swim on a fine sand beach or to taste several of the typical Valencian dishes in one of many different restaurants by the sea.

We can promise, none of these wonderful hiking options close by your home will disappoint. All you have to do is choose your next destination, put on your good walking shoes and start exploring nature while also respecting the environment. Don’t forget to read our blog regularly and follow us on our social networks to find out all about our news and activities near Cumbre del Sol.

Scaling New Heights Along The Costa Blanca

Scaling New Heights Along The Costa Blanca

Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol offers an unparalleled location nestled between the sea and the mountains, giving you the opportunity to enjoy nature year-round. Now that the temperatures have dropped a little and the weather is still good, it’s the perfect season for hiking. We’ve already mentioned some of the most famous routes on the coast, but this time, we’re ready to conquer the mountains. We remind you to always consider your level of experience, take necessary precautions and carry all the necessary equipment (hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, etc.) Are you ready? Here we go!

The Montgó Natural Park, shaped like an elephant with its trunk extended towards the sea, is a symbol of Denia’s surroundings. It offers 6 trekking routes, of varying lengths and intensity, and is the perfect place for you to conquer mountains alongside your family. Most of the trails allow you to reach the top and enjoy impressive views. We recommend the Cova de l’Aigua and Racó del Bou route as it is circular and of medium difficulty. It is 5.5 kilometers long and you’ll need about 3 ½ hours to return to your starting point. The route begins at the hermitage that was built in the 80s, next to the Pare Pere hut. This route allows you to see the cave where water was stored and takes you through the shady area of Montgó, declared a micro-reserve.

Another option is to go to Altea and leave your car at the Casas de Bèrnia, a small village in the town of Xaló. The Serra de Bèrnia circular route, also called El Forat de Bèrnia route, is a medium level hike and is known to be the most interesting and complete in the province of Alicante. This route is a little longer than the previous one, as it is 9 km long and takes 4-5 hours. It offers amazing landscapes, and multiple natural attractions, such as El Forat (a natural tunnel allowing you will cross the mountain range), as well as heritage sites such as El Fort de Bèrnia. Don’t forget to take a flashlight to be able to cross the tunnel!

If you’re at expert hiker, we can offer two challenges: The Barranc de l’Infern and the Puig Campana ascent. These two routes require a lot of training, so we recommend you to walk carefully and opt out if you don’t have the right level.

The Barranc de L’Infern, also referred to as the ‘catedral del senderismo,’ is one of the most unique and popular circular routes in the province of Alicante. It requires great physical strength as it has 6,800 stone steps that lead you to stunning landscapes and a great cultural heritage. The starting point is located in Fleix and from there, you’ll have to follow the PR-CV 147 trail marks (after the Fleix washhouse). The route is winding and takes you across the Barranc de l’Infern twice. Keep in mind that after heavy rains it is very likely that you won’t be able to cross the ravine, so we recommend you wait a few days.

We’re sure this mountain has caught your attention several times. The Puig Campana is the second highest peak in the province of Alicante, with an altitude of 1,408 meters, and one of the most demanding routes. You can climb to the top (15 km) or take the circular route (12 km). To start your climb, you’ll need to go towards the Font del Molí in Finestrat and follow the PR-CV 289 (Volta al Puig Campana) route in an anticlockwise direction as the path is more irregular and it is preferable to do it uphill. You can follow this trail until the end if you’re only interested in the circular route, or change course at the Coll del Pouet crossing to climb to the top. There is also a more strenuous path that passes by the south slope, that’s to say by the quarry, and is known as the “Vertical Kilometer”.

Finally, if you like to go trekking and camping in the mountains, you can climb a section of the Gran Ruta Costa Blanca Interior (GR-330) that passes near your home: Denia-Gata de Gorgos and Gata de Gorgos-Parcent. Hiking is a great activity as you can get exercise and connect with nature. Don’t forget your equipment, check the weather and remember that we must take care of the environment and leave the least no footprint behind. Respect the environment and conquer the heights of one of the most impressive mountains in the Valencian Community.

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