Moraira

Mountains and vineyards

Moraira is small coastal town situated in the beautiful mountainous north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. The town is situated  between the airports of Alicante and Valencia (about 90km from each). Located adjacent to the neighbouring village of El Portet both communities form a tourist resort on the Costa Blanca with 8 km of coastline backed by mountains and vineyards.  

A luxury place for relaxation and vacation

The region surrounding Moraira has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoiled scenery and many small villages to explore. The town itself has pleasantly grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining its considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. It’s also particularly popular with Spanish holidaymakers from Madrid and Valencia.

Moraira has an impressive marina, an excellent variety of local shops, markets, harbourside fish restaurants, and bars and best of all has still managed to preserve its Spanish character.

General Information

The local people of Moraira are very friendly and patient with foreign visitors, not surprising, as aside from agriculture, they depend on tourism for their livelihood. With a large European resident community existent, there is a pleasant international feel to the area. Most people are pleased to speak English with you and even more pleased if a small attempt to speak Spanish is made.

History

The area around Moraira has been inhabited since prehistory. The area was  settled by Moors are influence of that culture can still be seen today in the region’s architecture and municipal layouts.  By the end of the 18th century, Teulada had developed into a farming village, with crops exported by sea from natural ports.

Locals eventually turned to fishing as an additional source of income and small buildings by the coast were built on the site of present-day Moraira to store tackle and equipment. Moraira developed into a small fishing village.  Moraira’s economy transformed  in the 1970s and 1980s due to international tourism. The town expanded  to accommodate new holiday homes and infrastructure for tourists.

Today, the permanent population of Moraira is around 10,000, although this rises to 36,000 in summer. The area is very popular with affluent retirees, especially British. The majority of visitors to Moraira are Spanish, British, German, Dutch, and French. 

Beaches and Nature

The two main local sandy beaches, gently shelve away into the Mediterranean Sea; both have been awarded the prestigious EEC Blue Flags for cleanliness and are well-tended and very safe for family bathing.

La Cala a small rocky beach of clear waters and is difficult to access – get here either either by boat or by walking along the cliff.

Torre Cap d’Dor can be reached on foor from El Portet

Playa del Portet. It is a small shell shaped inlet, with clear waters and a sandy beach, and is a superb setting for a peaceful swim. There are a number of small bars and restaurants along the front, showers, and parking area.

Club Nautica The marina in Moraira is an exclusive yacht haven with many facilities, includung a restaurant

L’Ampolla Beach is near of the castle. A golden sand beach, it is the largest and most popular beach in the area. It is lifeguard guarded in summer.

Platgetes beaches, have easy access; they are half golden sand and half rocky. Parking area, restaurants, showers; it also has a nice promenade that links them.

L’Andragó is a boulder beach with a parking area and pleasant restaurant right on the sea. The rest of the coastline up to Cap Blanc has a cliff path with viewpoints over the blue and green waters.

Cap Blanc has a very pleasant bathing beach at the bottom of the cliffs. You park at the top, and walk down the path to the platform with steps into the sea.

Recreation and Leisure

Tennis, football, squash, all water sports, boat hire and trips, horse-riding, go-kart racing tracks for both adults and children, a small fairground and three good night-clubs for all ages are all available in Moraira. Three large golf courses can be enjoyed within a few minutes drive from Moraira.

Excursions and trips

Easily reached by car are some larger towns which are well worth visiting: Javea, Calpe, Denia and Altea are all within 15km, while Benidorm is about 30km away. There are many places of interest to see on day excursions, apart from the other coastal resorts there is also the spectacular inland and mountainous environments to discover including the wonderful mountain-top fortress of Guadalest, the Vergal Safari Park near Denia, Europe’s largest palm forest at Elche and the ancient city of Murcia.

Valencia  is one and a half hours away and Barcelona  and the capital Madrid are both four hours away and can all be reached on the excellent motorway.  Spain’s answer to Euro Disney – Port Adventura – near Barcelona, is about four and a half hours away.

Gastronomy

Moraira offers plenty of good quality restaurants, including eight Michelin recommended restaurants in the immediate area, three of which are star rated and not too expensive.

Climate

Moraira enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 300 of sunshine days a year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.  

In 1986 the WHO recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter with the surrounding foothills provide protection from harsh weather during the winter. The sea temperature during the summer months is up to 25 degrees and it hardly rains during the months July–August.

Sea and Air Temperatures