From this bay, oriented to the south, that is Benidorm split in two by what is called The Castle, today the main
tourist resort of the Costa Blanca, a mountain route begins which by way of Alfaz del Pi (L'Alfas) take us close to
La Nucia and show us Polop, leaving behind the Puig Campana, of which mysterious stories are told.
The road, between olive and fruit trees, goes up to the foot of the Aitana mountain range, where the village of
Guadalest is located, its principals monuments being the castles of La Alcozaida and San José, with its towers
and chapel, the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) Square, and the house of Orduña, as well as the terrace-garden that
opens to the valley.
Go around the Aitana mountains by La Bodegueta until reaching the narrow streets at Sella, and the river of the
same name, then ascend, between pine trees and curves to Segur6 or continue from Guadalest by way of Cofrides,
where textile craftsmanshipcan be found -shawls, headcovers and crocheted items-These are the two alternatives
presented to the traveller in this route towards Penáguila, a village of medieval character, Cocentaina and Alcoy,
between the mountain range of Mariola, the Carrascal and the Ull del Moro.
The monumental Cocentaina, between olive and almond trees, and grain crops, with the Gothic Count Palace and
Castle, which crowns the city with a beautiful Homage tower, preserves part of the wall and heraldry houses from
the XVIII Century. One hardly has time to realise that this settlement is behind us, before we get close to the
city of the bridges: Alcoy.
The city is located between five hills separated by two gorges of the River Serpis, that enclose a monumental,
artistic and historical whole defined by its Main Square, (Plaza Mayor), San Nicolás Street, modernist houses,
bridges like San Jorge and the Archeological Museum from the XVI Century.
In the Museum, there is a copy of a lead engraving with inscriptions of Iberian letters, unique in Spain.
According to scholars, the alphabet they used has a certain Greek influence.
Returning to Benilloba, where festivities are celebrated during the summer, as well as the rest of these mountain
villages, with very cold winters, the route displays fruit tree villages, Gorga, Benasau, Facheca (Fraxeca),
Castell del Castells, that surround the mountain ranges of Serrella and Aixorta, amongst cherry, almond, apple
and peach trees, arriving at Callosa de Sarriá (Callosa d'en Sarriá), which leads us back to the Marina between
Altea and Calpe (Calp).