Friendly proprietors Antonio and Sophia have been welcoming guests to their charming, three-storey hotel since 2005 and have perfected the art of ensuring guests have a comfortable stay. Bypass Benidorm and climb up through the limestone, pine-covered mountains to popular Guadalest, bustling with visitors for much of the year, with Cases Noves sitting at the entrance to the village. Take in the views: back down the valley to the sea in one direction and over the picturesque citadel to the Sierra Serrella in the other. Bedrooms are light and airy in neutral tones with a mix of rustic and modern furniture; bathrooms are gleaming white and modern with fluffy robes. Start the day with continental breakfast on the sun terrace, then head out with a packed lunch to walk the mountains or explore the village and its quirky museums: take your pick from salt and pepper shakers to medieval torture. Local shops and restaurants are within a couple of minutes’ walk. For evening meals take your pick of nearby towns, just fifteen minutes’ drive, or stay in; local dishes and wines are a speciality, and there’s a tapas evening every week.