There are several destinations to visit in the mountains that provide the backdrop t the North Costa Blanca. Inland from Benissa there is the wine growing Jalon valley. From Jalon there is a gastro experience to be had at Verd i Vent, take the CV-749. Simple food, lots of it and an amazing experience.
Alternatively heading through Jalon and Alcalali take the road from Parcent towards Tarbena. This heads up the side of a winding mountain road to Coll de Rates. Another stop off for food can be made here with stunning views of the coast towards Denia and beyond.
From Tarbena the road to Guadalest has two options. Taking the fork towards Collosa d'en Sarriá brings us to Les Fonts de l'Algar. Here isit is possible to swim amongst the waterfalls (note this is hugely popular in the summer months). From Collosa head towards Guadalest.
The route to Guadalest is very windy mountain road and you will be pleased to arrive at Guadalest. This is a must visit during your stay. Climb up through the castle to inland views of the turquoise reservoir and views of the coast. If you have not yet found somewhere for lunch continue on to Restaurante L'Obrer at Benimatell.
The road down from Guadalest is straight forward run towards Benidorm on the CV-70 through La Nucia. This brings us back to the AP-7 and a short sprint for home.