Promoting identity, protection, and preservation of natural and cultural heritage is considered to be especially valuable for humanity. This is, and for a long time now, one of the main works of UNESCO (United Nations Educations, Science, and Culture organisation). The title World Heritage Site is a distinction for these types of places. In the Costa Blanca, and around it, we’re lucky enough to have a few of these places.
Before talking about these marvels, we want to briefly clear something up. Firstly, there’s two main types of heritage. “Cultural heritage”, which refers to monuments, groups of buildings and sites that have historical, artistic, or archaeological value. In this category, you’ll also find places with scientific, ethnic, or anthropological value. “Natural heritage” refers to exceptional physical, biological, and geological formations. This goes for animal habitats, endangered plants, and area that have scientific, conservation, or visual value. On the other hand, we also have “Intangible cultural heritage”, which includes living inherited practices and expressions from our ancestors. This is heritage that is passed down generation to generation, like oral traditions, scenic art, social customs, rituals, festivals…
All along the Costa Blanca and all around it, we have places that include all three types of heritage. Take note and plan a weekend escape to visit them!
El palmeral (Elche)
Over 200,000 palm trees look down on the urban centre of Elche. Since the year 2000, the place of the Costa Blanca has become a World Heritage site.
The Mediterranean diet
This diet was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, the reasons being it’s richness, variety, and health benefits. You can enjoy the Mediterranean diet in all its form in the Costa Blanca. And along the whole coast of the Valencian Community! From markets where exquisite raw materials are sold all the way to the best restaurants that have kept this tradition and the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. Flagship restaurants known for exploring this cuisine, respecting its differentiating features, and being recognised worldwide for its variety of flavours and textures and for its health benefits.
Cave art in itself is a unique cultural manifestation. And it also represents the prehistoric society that lived in the place where the Costa Blanca is today. In and around the area, there are plenty of these depictions, but if we had to recommend one in particular, we’d go for the following: Moixent with the drawings Abrigo de la Penya and Abrigo de Gontran. You can also visit the ones in the Caroig massive (Cueva de la Araña y abrigos del Barranco Moreno).
The mystery of Elche (Elche)
Declared as Oral heritage and Intangible world heritage in 2001, the Mystery of Elche is a cultural treasure in the city. This work of medieval origins is also known by the name of La Festa. It embodies all the years of the Basílica de Santa María de Elche’s history in the month of August. This activity celebrates the festival Virgen de la Asunción (the Virgin of Ascension).
Strong cultural legacy
The cultural legacy of the Costa Blanca brings together all kinds of activities and places that are steeped in history and tradition. Moors and Christians in Denia, Alcoy and Calpe, festivals in Altea and Alicante, Moorish quarters and castles in Guadalest and Javea are some of the best known experiences in the area. The options are almost endless and we encourage you to discover this land.
From rock castles at the foot of the Mediterranean, to those narrow cobbled streets where the smell of the sea mingles with the refreshing scent of jasmine, to massive parades of people, the magical Night of San Juan… everything feeds into an immense tradition and legacy.
In addition to the World Heritage Sites that we have reviewed in this entry, the Costa Blanca has some of the most beautiful historic centres in Spain. Clear examples are the Barrio de Santa Cruz in Alicante and those of Javea, Denia, Benissa and Teulada. All of them sharing one common feature: the Mediterranean sunlight.
Don’t miss our blog articles where we’ll give you more ideas on plans all over the Costa Blanca.
We almost always associate the coast with summer, tourism, sun and beach, but not all plans have to be in summer! Spring is the perfect time to experience the Mediterranean climate. Proof of this are the luxury plans that are sure to make you enjoy Northern Costa Blanca, in Cumbre del Sol and its surroundings.
For the most exquisite and demanding tastebuds, Northern Costa Blanca is the perfect place thanks to the fusion of the Mediterranean soul with exquisite raw materials along with the research and professionalism of the best chefs, such as Quique Dacosta, Alberto Ferruz or Nazario Cano, among others.
La oferta gastronómica es muy rica y variada, desde tapas elaboradas en diferentes establecimientos de la zona, hasta la cocina de más alto nivel, todo ello maridado con excelentes vinos elaborados.
The cuisine is rich and varied, from tapas prepared in different establishments in the area, to the highest level of cuisine, all paired with excellent wines.
There are 11 Michelin-starred restaurants in Costa Blanca.
We recommend you to visit La Cumbre Restaurant in Cumbre del Sol, a long-established restaurant that always prepares an excellent menu with local seasonal products and the recently distinguished as the best European restaurant Quique Dacosta in Dénia, both places are the real deal in the area.
Wineries, tastings in the Marina Alta, artisans, vineyards… Northern Costa Blanca, and more specifically the Marina Alta region, is one of Spain’s longest-standing winemaking regions. In fact, the province of Alicante is home to the oldest remains of wine production on the Iberian Peninsula. Northern Costa Blanca is deeply rooted in wine culture. The range of plans is so extensive that we invite you to read our article on places not to be missed if you consider yourself a true wine lover.
Enjoying spring in this area is almost a must, but even in the best moments and places, you need to take a break and breathe. What better way to do it than in thermal pools, in jacuzzis, or with a hydromassage treatment? You should always take care of yourself inside and out and the Pure Wellness centre in Cumbre del Sol is the perfect option if you want it all without going too far.
Boats, yachts… Enjoy the Mediterranean!
Taking advantage of the fact that in spring we’re not in sweltering heat, it’s a real pleasure to be able to go out for a sailboat ride and explore the coastline. Coves, paradisiacal beaches, and cliffs give way to an atmosphere of exclusivity and luxury, where a bottle of cava or champagne is always welcome while admiring the wonderful views.
The marinas of Marina Greenwich (Altea) and Dénia are the epitome of style, distinction and charm in a superb location at the foot of the bay with stunning sea views. And if you fancy cooling off and taking a dip in two of the best coves on the Costa Blanca North, take note of Cala Moraig, with a blue flag, and Cala Llebeig, both within Cumbre del Sol.
Art to get inspired
Northern Costa Blanca is, historically, an area of artists and artisans of all kinds who have decided to settle here, and the light of the Mediterranean, coupled with the bohemian atmosphere of Costa Blanca has been a source of inspiration throughout history. Unique pieces, such as handmade jewellery, sculptures, paintings… all of them priceless works that come out every year from small workshops spread all over the North of Costa Blanca.
The town of Altea is home to the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Alicante and is considered one of the artistic and cultural capitals of the Valencian Community, a home for poets, writers, painters and all kinds of artists.
There is also room for other seasonal activities: theatre, music and various art exhibitions in the numerous cultural centres such as the Palau de Altea, el Auditori Teulada-Moraira, or the Espaid’ArtContemporani Salvador Soria, among others.
The most important thing – Family
We should also mention the wide choice of family plans to enjoy with the little ones. Day trips, guided tours, nature walks, amusement and water parks… these are just a few examples of the many family activities that the Costa Blanca North has to offer.
As you can see, there’s so many cultural activities to enjoy close to Residential Resort Cumbre Del Sol. There is no shortage of reasons to choose Northern Costa Blanca to enjoy spring. Have we left anything out? Tell us about it.
After the recommendations we made in our first and second post, we’d like to bring you more cities close to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol you can visit. This time we are focusing on cities with a more relaxed lifestyle, and with a much smaller population than the previous cities.
You don’t have to go very far to discover two small towns like Gata de Gorgos and Teulada-Moraira, both located in the comarca of Marina Alta, just a few kilometres away from Benitachell. Villajoysa in Marina Baixa is, and there’s no better way to say it, the sweetest way to end your journey.
Gata de Gorgos: craftsmanship showcases the city
Just 18 kilometres separate Cumbre del Sol from the town of Gata de Gorgos, which is in the interior of La Marina Alta. The contrast between the hustle and bustle of the coastal towns and this small town can be felt as soon as you set foot inside of it.
Something else that stands out as soon as you enter Gata de Gorgos is the presence of artisanal products like guitars, hats, baskets and wicker bags. The fact that the population is just under 6000 inhabitants won’t stop you from finding ten hat factories, seven specialised in bags and two in guitars.
Among the town’s many spots to explore we highlight its Cuevas Rojas or any of its many hiking trails. When you finish in Gata de Gorgos, you can head back towards the Costa Blanca seaside.
Teulada-Moraira: viewpoints to gaze at dreamlike beaches
Teulada and Moraira are two must-see stops in La Marina Alta. Speaking about them at the same time is just a question of location: Moraira is a part of the Teulada municipality (also known as the Teulada-Moraira municipality). Before reaching the coast, stop by the principal town of Teulada and discover the town walls that once surrounded it. Continue your route towards the coast calmly and enjoy the natural nooks you’ll encounter throughout your journey.
When you reach Moraira you can choose where to start from. You have viewpoints like Portitxol and L’Andragó, where you can rediscover the blue of the Mediterranean. You can opt to walk along its eight-kilometre beach while you decide if you want to go for a swim or not, or you can ponder if you should eat at one of its many restaurants before you leave. A high percentage of Moraira’s population are from abroad, which is why you can try dishes from all over the world.
Villajoyosa: the sweetest tradition
The last stop before returning to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol will end the journey on a sweet note. Villajoyosa, in the comarca of Marina Baixa, owes its fame to an excellent chocolate tradition, thanks to the different sweets factories you’ll find here.
Don’t get too full on dessert and make sure to walk through streets like Arsenal, del Pal, Pou and Sant Pere so you can witness the most photographed and postcard-worthy part in La Vila: the colourful facades of its homes. Don’t miss out on the chance to discover the old city, where you will find the church of Nuestra Señora de Asunción, the Torre de Sant Josep (Saint Joseph’s Tower), the XVI century Torres Vigía and the walled enclosure that used to surround it.
All these municipalities are found less than an hour away from Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol and you can enjoy them any day of the year. Keep an eye on our blog to discover more must-see spots on the Costa Blanca that you can’t miss out on.
We know that giving in to the charms of the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort is an easy task. It is situated in an exceptional location: in the heart of the Sierra de la Llorença, just 1.5km from the sea and close to wonderful beaches and coves such as Moraig and Tiestos.
As well as its location in a paradise spot in the province of Alicante, it is also close to cities which have much to offer visitors. Around an hour from the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort there are charming towns on the Mediterranean coast which enjoy the sunny climate 365 days a year. Today we’ll tell you all about what you can do in three of these cities: Denia, Calpe, and Altea.
Denia: a blue horizon and the best gastronomy
There is only one thing that shines brighter than the sun in Denia: the culinary creations. Since 2015, Denia has belonged to the Creative Cities of Gastronomy, a distinction UNESCO awards to those places which are dedicated to developing and exchanging innovative practices which promote the creative industries. In Spain, only Burgos and Denia have been awarded this recognition!
So, what creations can we sample in Denia? As we’re in the land of rice dishes, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the delicious arroz a banda. Denia’s fishing traditions and proximity to the sea make it the home of delicious seafood dishes: the famous red prawn, llandeta (a dish which mixes different types of fish with potato), suquet de peix (fish and shellfish cooked with suquet sauce), dried octopus, sea urchins… and the best thing is that there are around 300 restaurants in the city from which to choose your favourite.
Then, the marina hides even more surprises in this city. The first of these is the possibility to hire a boat to sail around the city and enjoy some magnificent views of the Macizo del Montgo Natural Park or the Cabo de San Antonio. Or, if you prefer, you can catch a ferry to reach special Mediterranean locations such as Formentera and Ibiza in just over two hours.
Calpe: against the backdrop of the Peñón de Ifach
Without doubt, one of the most well-known panoramic views in the Community of Valencia is in Calpe, with the Peñón de Ifach. Named a natural park over 30 years ago, reaching the peak can take around an hour, even on routes of moderate difficulty. Don’t forget to wear shoes which are comfortable and will help you to maintain your balance!
However, the adventure in Peñón de Ifach goes even further: there are around 43 routes, of varying difficulties, from which to choose the one you like best. In April, May, and June, climbing is not advisable due to nest building. It’s much better to enjoy this place in months such as September, when the temperatures are more stable.
There are infinite locations from which to enjoy the panoramic views of the Peñón de Ifach. However, if you would prefer to admire them while enjoying some sport, there is the Ifach Golf Club, one of the first golf courses in the Community of Valencia. Its location in between hills will provide you with some spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the imposing outline of the Peñón de Ifach. A luxury location to tee off in!
Calpe, like the other cities along the Mediterranean coastline, encompasses what it is to live close to the sea. A top fishing location, it is also a great choice for those who love regattas: the classic Calpe-Formentera-Calpe has been held here at the end of May/beginning of June for over three decades. This event, organised by the Calpe Royal Yacht Club, remains faithful to its family roots despite the recognition it has obtained after 30 years.
Altea: an old town to discover on foot
One of the pearls of the Costa Blanca is Altea. As the years have gone by, it has maintained its essence without losing even an ounce of it. We could write pages and pages about the beauty of its old town, which is a true icon in the Mediterranean. Our recommendation would be to visit in the evening, when its many charms are amplified: the cobbles, the white houses, and the dome on the church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo take on a magical dimension.
Though the old town is the main reason which brings visitors to this Mediterranean location, Altea’s marinas also attract both experts and beginners in water sports and sailing. It doesn’t matter which you prefer: kayaking, rowing, canoeing, sailing, or snorkelling – there is room for all of them here! Altea’s crystal-clear waters are home to three marinas: Marina Greenwich, Altea Sailing Club, and Porto Senso Marina. So, how about spending a day out on the sea?
These are just three cities you will have within an hour from you at the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort. Keep an eye on our blog to find out about more locations close to our luxury houses! Or, if you prefer, you can contact us here and begin your new life by the sea! We hope to hear from you!
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