Rediscovering the Costa Blanca Norte in winter

Rediscovering the Costa Blanca Norte in winter

During the summer there are plenty of plans and things to do in the area and it is normal for the loveliest spots to be full of people, and so it is harder to enjoy them 100%. Due to its enviable climate, the Costa Blanca Norte is one of those destinations that can be rediscovered and also enjoyed during the colder months. In this blog post we suggest some activities and places close by Cumbre del Sol that will make you love the low season in one of the most charming and delightful areas of the Spanish Levant.


The Javea look out trail


There are 15 cliff tops, 15 scenarios, 15 different ways of looking at the sea. From Cap de Sant Antoni to Castell de la Granadella, you can take a trail that will captivate all your senses. You can enjoy views of Montgó, ancient 16th century windmills, look out points, islets, not to mention the local flora and fauna. You will find the complete list so you can map out your itinerary by clicking on this link.


Discover the “other side” of Altea


With its famous dome, its historic town centre, the seafront promenade, the Yacht Club, the beaches… Altea offers everything you can imagine so why not look at this amazing place from another perspective? A great plan for one of those sunny Saturday or Sunday winter mornings would be sailing around the bay of Altea. Not only that, there are a number of sailing schools in the town where you can learn all about this wonderful world.


Trails in Serra Gelada

Although we’d need a whole article to give you an in depth view, in this post we focus on an enjoyable route that begins in el Albir, which is at the end of the “Camí Vell del far”. This trail is two and a half kilometres long and takes you past ochre mines and little beaches culminating in a look out point with incredible views.


Climbing the Peñón de Ifach


This outing is a classic at any time, although it is better enjoyed when the temperature is lower and there are fewer people around. Two and a half hours is the time it takes to be rewarded once you’ve climbed the 332 metres: the most comprehensive views of Calpe and its bays, and on a clear day you can even see Ibiza. But don’t forget to wear the appropriate footwear!



Checking out the Michelin Stars in la Marina Alta


La Marina Alta is also a culinary benchmark in the Spanish Levant. In November 2022 the 7 restaurants awarded the highest accolade for gastronomy in Spain managed to renew their 10 stars which were awarded to the following restaurants:

Audrey’s de Calp, 1 Michelin Star.

Beat de Calp, 1 Michelin Star.

Quique Dacosta de Dénia, 3 Michelin Stars.

Peix & Brases de Dénia, 1 Michelin Star

Casa Pepa de Ondara, 1 Michelin Star.

BonAmb Restaurante de Xàbia, 2 Michelin Stars.

Tula Restaurante de Xàbia, 1 Michelin Star.



Other plans in and around the Costa Blanca Norte


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Discover the caves of Canelobre


An extremely attractive option, just a few kilometres away from Alicante, is a trip to the caves of Canelobre. A huge variety of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns created by the waters around Busot. What’s more, in the interior you’ll find one of the highest vaults in Spain and a stalagmite that is over 100,000 years old.


Guadalest: inland is lovely too


El Castell de Guadalest is a remote village, nestling in the mountains in the shelter of the Xortà, Aitana and Serella mountain ranges, that has retained the Mediterranean essence with its whitewashed houses and their stone paved floors. This is an unmissable destination if you want to discover inland Costa Blanca.


Now that you know about some of the possibilities just a few kilometres from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, there’s no reason to stay home this weekend. For more plans and activities with destinations close to home, stay in touch and look out for our future blog posts.

La Marina Alta renews its Michelin Stars

La Marina Alta renews its Michelin Stars

La Marina Alta is so much more than a stroll by the seaside and warm temperatures, it is also the perfect place for enjoying delicious cuisine in the local restaurants, with menus that list the best rice dishes, seafood, and fish, not to mention other appealing specialities. As proof of this gastronomic wealth, 10 Michelin stars have been awarded to 7 Costa Blanca restaurants. Come with us on a culinary tour, where we tell you all about these restaurants, with their star dishes, and how to enjoy this great adventure for discerning palates, just a few minutes from your home in Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol.


Quique Dacosta Restaurant – 3 Stars

We have to start with the three starred Restaurant Quique Dacosta in Denia.  Can a taste actually be beautiful? Beyond the aesthetics of the dish, the award winning chef has revolutionised kitchens with his gastronomic venture.  That is, he endeavours to cook beauty, with the aim of promoting feelings and emotions in diners with every mouthful that they taste. As to the menu, the restaurant offers scant information, instead preferring to keep up the sense of intrigue until the end, in fact, they describe how the dishes are created based on the most iconic products and “other unknown” ones. Are you ready for the experience? To read more about the concept, and to make a booking , check out this link.  However, given that the restaurant is in high demand, you will probably have to add your name to the waiting list.


Bon Amb – 2 Stars

Another place that is an essential visit is Bon Amb in Jávea.  This restaurant, which has earned two Michelin stars, serves dishes based on a particular fishing practice namely, l’encesa, the ancient skill of fishing from the cliffs of the la Marina Alta. The menu follows the route of the encesers, and is divided into three different menus, each representing the path from the fields and market gardens to the Mediterranean sea: Cabàs, Canyís and Ham; all of which are accompanied by their aperitifs and desserts and with 8, 10 and 12 courses respectively.  The restaurant is currently closed for holidays and will reopen on 9 February 2023.


Casa Pepa – 1 Michelin Star

In the meantime, you can book a table at Casa Pepa in Ondara, the Michelin starred restaurant that recently joined forces with the Bon Amb family, aiming to continue the legacy of Pepa Romans, who was able to recreate the essence of local gastronomic tradition in an innovative manner and bring it to the dining table. If you want to try some of the most iconic and delicious local dishes, you can book a table here.


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Peix & Brases –  1 Star

For another unmissable experience, check out Peix & Brases in Denia. Awarded a Michelin star, this restaurant is clear regarding its aims, namely, without tradition there is no vanguard, which is why it looks to the future with its dishes, yet retains all that we have learned from the past. With its Essence and Tasting menus, you can enjoy a variety of dishes, typical of la Marina Alta cuisine, from a different yet absolutely delicious perspective. Not only that, but at Peix & Brases,  you will find a completely different concept known as Mediterrasian,  a more laid back part of the restaurant, as its name implies, which provides fusion dishes combining our culture with oriental cuisine. Mediterranean philosophy and Asiatic influence of the purest kind. For bookings, visit this link.


Tula – 1 Star

Continuing our recommendations, Tula in Jávea offers what they call real seasonal cuisine with Mediterranean ingredients, selected and prepared with the warmth and care of traditional home cooked food. Their menu is a celebration of the Mediterranean sea, and a treat for seafood lovers. To enjoy the experience of this Michelin starred restaurant, you can book here.


Audreys’s by Rafa Soler – 1 Star

Beat – 1 Star

Finally, Calpe also boasts a Michelin star, in fact it has 2, both of which are run by the AR hotel group. Let’s start with Audreys’s by Rafa Soler, which aims primarily to surprise the palate of its diners, while retaining the culinary memory that is the legacy of Valencian cuisine, yet with the most elegant style. You can book your table here,  so don’t miss out on this experience.  Another starred restaurant is Beat, which, with its techniques and preparation, displays sophistication that places local produce at centre stage. Its three menus,: Inspiration, Taste and Nature will delight the palate, book  your table at or call 900 103 798.


Now that you know all about the best restaurants close to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, there’s no excuse not to start the year with a proper festive meal. And remember, we are always here with our blog posts to let you know what’s going on in the Costa Blanca Norte.

The cuisine of Denia: tradition, personality, and creativity

The cuisine of Denia: tradition, personality, and creativity

Denia is living, breathing cuisine. It’s always been so. But, since 2015, the town was named by UNESCO as being a creative city of gastronomy. The variety, richness, passion, and creativity on display in the kitchens and on dinner plates is the reason why Denia was awarded this distinguished title.

Denia’s deli – The Mediterranean sea

Denia’s cuisine is mainly based on the Mediterranean. The waters that bathe it also offer luxury products. One such being the red prawn which stands out above all others. Such is the tradition and passion for red prawns that even the famous crustacean has a soundtrack created by the famous chef Quique Dacosta. Arroz a banda (rice cooked in fish broth) and dried octopus are other typical dishes of the area. A good example of the reality that the sea has always been an abundance resources.

Other stars of the show

Although Dénia is very much inspired by the sea, Valencian agriculture also plays an important role in its gastronomy. The espencat (which in Valencian means “to crumble with hands”) is a famous salad, containing red pepper, aubergine, tomato, and baked onion accompanied by cod and dressed with olive oil. Going back to the sea, we find another typical dish from Denia with the llandeta. This is a white fish stew that is very common in the Marina Alta area and, as paella is world famous, we must also mention the famous fideuá.

There’s also room for those with a sweet tooth. Pumpkin fritters are a great and healthy alternative to the traditional churros with chocolate. And coca de llanda is probably the most famous snack in the whole Costa Blanca area – a sweet sponge cake to be eaten with a good hot chocolate.

Wine culture is closely tied to the area of the Costa Blanca North. In fact, the oldest winery on the Iberian Peninsula is located in Alto de Benimaquia. Specifically, on the slopes of the Montgó.

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Internationally renowned chefs and restaurants

What is the best way to enjoy Denia’s cuisine? From the dishes of renowned chefs in the best restaurants in the area. The town is a place of work and inspiration for big names in the world of cuisine. Such as Susi Díaz, Joan Roca or Andoni Luis Aduriz, among many others.

But one name automatically jumps to mind: Quique Dacosta. If there is one person who has put Valencian cuisine on the map, it’s this famous chef from Extremadura. His restaurant, Quique Dacosta, is located in Denia (opposite Las Marinas beach). And 3 Michelin stars certify the work behind this ambitious project.

However, beyond this famous restaurant, there are other restaurants very close to Cumbre del Sol. Such as Aticcook, located in the attic of the designer Pepe Cabrera’s showroom. El Raset or Peix&Braxes where the people most refined palates will enjoy the typical gastronomy of Denia.

We think you have enough reasons to drop by Denia and enjoy its local cuisine, don’t you? Keep reading our next articles to learn more about the Costa Blanca North and discover new plans to do near Cumbre del Sol.

New Year’s Resolutions at Cumbre del Sol (IV): Healthy Restaurants

New Year’s Resolutions at Cumbre del Sol (IV): Healthy Restaurants

One of the things that can’t go missing from a new year’s resolution list is healthy food. From it come other resolutions like cooking more, not eating sugary foods, eating more fruit and veg, and so on and so on. At VAPF, we support healthy eating, but we won’t say no to a treat every once in a while!

However, we know that one of the trickiest things about eating out is finding a restaurant that serves delicious, tasty dishes. Now there’s no reason not to include eating healthier in your New Year’s resolutions. We bring to you a brief guide to healthy restaurants in and around Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. So, take out your pen and paper, and book!

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You don’t have to go far to enjoy a delicious and healthy meal. The Pure Wellness Restaurant has the best menus to eat after this Christmas. If you haven’t been yet, you can find it in the Adelfas Shopping Centre.


A tan solo un cuarto de hora de Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol se encuentra Moraira, con una extensa oferta en restauración. Es en el Paseo del Senillar de la Playa de Moraira donde se encuentra la joya de la que te venimos a hablar.

Just 15 minutes away from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is Moraira, with an extensive range of restaurants. On the Paseo del Senillar, by the beach of Moraira, you will find the precious jewel of a restaurant that we’ll tell you about.

Sand Restaurant is a benchmark for Mediterranean cuisine in Moraira. Rice dishes, paellas, and so much more… eating healthy doesn’t just mean eating vegetables and fruit. Fresh, well-prepared products are what make a dish a healthy delicacy. One of their star dishes is fresh langoustines, marinated in virgin olive oil with fresh chives and blue poppy seeds. Our mouths are watering!


Javea is another cradle of gastronomy in the Costa Blanca. Therefore, we could not leave out the healthy restaurants in this coastal town near Cumbre del Sol.

Masena Restaurant combines tradition and modernity, creating unique, healthy dishes with a Mediterranean flavour. Once again, this is a cuisine that gives priority to the product and respects it to bring a healthy and tasty option to its customers’ plates.

Close to Restaurante Masena is Chola Gastro, giving a twist to the Mediterrenean cuisine, but still being healthy. In this case it is an exotic fusion. Sushi, gyozas, ceviche… a culinary journey to the Asian continent that will awaken your five senses.


Over 300 restaurants, 5 of which feature in the Michelin Guide, Denia cannot go unnoticed in this healthy food guide. We want to tell you about one restaurant that, apart from being in the Michelin guide, is also declared to be the 5th best luxury restaurant in Spain in Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2021 Awards.  

We are talking about Anticcook. The restaurant, with Bruno Ruiz at the helm, aims to merge tradition, technique and innovation through the best raw materials and different cultures. Do you like the sound of it? We do! However, the restaurant is closed for holidays until 3 March. But the good news is that you can make a reservation as soon as you finish reading this post and mark that special date on your calendar.

As you have seen, eating healthy dishes out in restaurants is not difficult at all. The Costa Blanca, its products and its cuisine make it possible for us to talk about delicious, local and, above all, healthy meals!

Come to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort to experience the region’s tasty cuisine

Come to Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort to experience the region’s tasty cuisine

The Costa Blanca has stunning beaches and coves, making it a real paradise. But there’s even more to this region than its incredible nature and beauty. It also has a great cultural and culinary offering. If you live in Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort you will be able to not only enjoy the incredible ocean views and the natural surroundings with emblematic landmarks such as Cala del Moraig or Granadella Natural Park, but there’s also a wide selection of bars and restaurants where you can taste the rich cuisine of the region. Have you tried them all yet? Keep reading, because there are updates!

At the north entrance 1 of Cumbre del Sol you will find the Kiosko del Sol, real experts in serving breakfast! Every day you can buy freshly baked bread there and they also have a wide selection of coffee, drinks, sandwiches and delicious German specialties. Their breakfasts are healthy and balanced, making them very suitable for children and there’s exclusive service for people who are in a hurry. If you’re in a rush, simply save time and place your order online.  You can make a quick stop to pick it up at the store without having to queue up.

At Adelfas, Cumbre del Sol’s own mall, there’s a restaurant called Vista Ibiza. There you’ll find a wide selection of dishes like salads, pastas, meats, hamburgers or fish. Vista Ibiza is the perfect place for a delicious appetizer or dinner with ocean views and they also serve a good brunch!

In restaurant La Cumbre, also located in Cumbre del Sol, you can enjoy specialty paella and several other rice casserole dishes. They use local products, based on Mediterranean gastronomy. The restaurant also hosts a wide variety of events, for example weddings, baptisms and first communions. In fact, this year we celebrated the traditional Saint John’s Eve in this restaurant and it was a great success.

If you’d prefer spending the day at the beach, don’t forget to visit Cala Moraig’s own beach bar: Vive Bonito. They have a great variety of dishes, drinks and cocktails, that you can enjoy in good company and with the soft Mediterranean breeze blowing in the background.

The horseback riding school Cañada del Sol offers the possibility of horseback riding with guided tours or horseback riding classes (for children and adults) and it has a bar-restaurant called Cañada del Sol with a big terrace. Here you can enjoy lunch and try several  different dishes, such as rice, tapas, sandwiches, etc. The perfect combination for a nice relaxing break!

Beside the tennis and paddle courts, there’s also a restaurant called Como en casa, a perfect place to recharge your batteries after a match! Here you can choose between several daily menus, meat and fish dishes, homemade pizzas, rice dishes and their specialty: mussels. Soon, there will be home delivery so the residents can enjoy without leaving their homes!

If you haven’t visited all these places, what are you waiting for? They all have high quality products with a special touch. This summer you can discover them all! We’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised, because food is one of the best ways to enjoy the Costa Blanca!