Moraira is a small town on the Costa Blanca, situated halfway between Alicante and Valencia airports. Moraira has a peaceful, soothing environment, as well as stunning, unspoiled scenery. The town has evolved from a small fishing village to a popular vacation and retirement destination, with a distinct charm that draws tourists from all over Europe. Moraira has a lovely marina, a great range of stores, markets, restaurants, and bars, and has managed to maintain its Spanish charm.
Moraira is quieter in the winter with a permanent population of about 15,000, but comes alive in the summer with a surge of tourism that raises the population to over 40,000. Moraira is popular with people of all nationalities, especially retirees and those who enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely town during the winter months. Moraira has a cool climate with moderate temperatures during the year. Moraira’s promenade area is very picturesque, and just along from the main sandy beach is the castle, which was built in 1742 and offers many photo opportunities.
Despite its small size, the island has a variety of beaches to visit. L’Ampolla, Moraira’s main sandy beach, is a blue flag beach that is popular with families, with a restaurant/bar and pedalo rentals available during the summer months, as well as lifeguard services. Another explanation why it is popular with families with young children is the gentle drop off into the sea. Many who are familiar with the area often visit El Portet’s sandy beach. Since this is a very small beach that gets very crowded during the day, it is best to arrive early or late to avoid the normal midday crowds. You’ll most likely have to park a little farther away and walk down.
Another blue flag beach with lovely scenery and a couple of bars/restaurants, this is a great spot to spend a few hours. Both of the key local sandy beaches, which gently slope into the Mediterranean Sea, have been awarded the coveted EEC Blue Flags for cleanliness and are well-kept and safe for family swimming. Recreation & leisure Tennis, basketball, squash, all water sports, boat rentals and tours, horseback riding, adult and child go-kart racing tracks, a small fairground, and three strong nightclubs are all available in Moraira.
Dining In Moraira
A variety of restaurants dot the marina area, providing a lovely setting in which to enjoy a Spanish tapa and a cocktail. Moraira has a plethora of high-quality restaurants, including eight Michelin-starred restaurants within walking distance, three of which are star-rated and moderately priced.
Excursions From Moraira
Moraira also has walking trails that lead to hidden coves (or not so hidden!) such as La Cala. This four-kilometer trail begins in El Portet and ends in La Cala, which is in the Benitachell area. It’s just for the more daring, as it’ll take about three hours, but the scenery along the way is well worth it. Some larger towns worth visiting are easily accessible by car: Javea, Calpe, Denia, and Altea are all within 15 kilometers, while Benidorm is about 30 kilometers away.
Apart from the other coastal resorts, day excursions can be taken to see the beautiful inland and mountainous landscapes, such as 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 (the country’s third largest city) is one and a half hours away, while Barcelona (the country’s second largest) and Madrid (the capital) are both four hours away and both accessible through the excellent motorway. Port Adventura, Spain’s response to Euro Disney, is about four and a half hours away from Barcelona. Economies
Shopping In Moraira
Moraira has a range of high-end shops and an overall upmarket atmosphere. If you enjoy open markets, you might schedule a visit to the numerous markets held in neighboring towns and villages every day of the week, in addition to the weekly Friday market held next to the beach. You can buy excellent, inexpensive fresh fruit and vegetables, local specialties, herbs and spices, leather goods, clothing, rugs, fresh and silk flowers, souvenirs, pottery, and a range of other goods, in addition to taking in the buzzing Spanish activity. There is a weekly market in Moraira which is held on Fridays and is full of traditional Spanish cuisine and lovely fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms.
Holidays In Moraira
Numerous fiestas (festivals) are held throughout the year in the city, as they are in Spain, with separate festivals held in April, June, July, and November in Moraira. Residents of the city Moraira’s residents are extremely polite and patient with foreign tourists, which is understandable given that, apart from agriculture, tourism is their primary source of income. There is a nice foreign feel to the region due to the presence of a large European resident population. Most people are happy to converse with you in English, and they are even happier if you make an effort to converse in Spanish.
Moraira has a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in the summer and shelter from the harsh North winds in the winter thanks to the surrounding mountains. The estimated annual sunshine in the region is nearly 3,000 hours, and the average temperature comfortably reaches 20 degrees. The World Health Organization classified the area’s climate as one of the most equitable in the world in 1986, claiming that it is neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. It has an average of 325 sunny days a year, making it an outstanding year-round destination.