Moraira is small town on the Costa Blanca about halfway between the airports of Alicante and Valencia. Moraira has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoilt scenery. The town has grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining a considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. Moraira has an nice marina, an excellent variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bars and has still managed to preserve its Spanish character.
With a permanent population of around 15,000 Moraira is quieter in the winter but comes alive in the summer with the wave of tourism which takes the population numbers to over 40,000. Moraira is popular with all nationalities, especially retirees and people who appreciate the peacefulness of this pretty town during the quieter months. Moraira has a pleasant climate with mild year round temperatures. The promenade area of Moraira is very scenic and just along from the main sandy beach you will find the castle that was built in 1742 and affords many photographic opportunities.
Despite its smaller size there are a number of beaches to be explored. The main sandy beach in Moraira known as L’Ampolla is a blue flag beach and is popular with families with a restaurant / bar and the hire of pedalos available in the summer months along with lifeguard services. The drop off into the sea is quite gentle which is another reason why it is popular with families with young children. Those that are familiar with the area often pay a visit to the sandy beach at El Portet. This is a very narrow beach that gets pretty busy so it is advised to arrive early or late to avoid the usual midday crowds. You will probably need to park a little way away and walk down. Another blue flag beach, with beautiful surroundings and a couple of bars / restaurants it is a perfect place to spend a couple of hours. 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. Leisure & recreation 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.
Dining In Moraira
There are a number of restaurants dotted around the marina area making for a lovely setting in which to enjoy a Spanish tapa and drink. 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.
Excursions From Moraira
Moraira also has its walking trails that lead to secret coves (or not so secret!) and La Cala is one of them. Lasting for around four kilometres this trail starts at El Portet and ends up at La Cala which is actually in the region of Benitachell. It is only for the more adventurous as it will take around three hours, but the scenery along the way is well worth the effort. 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 (third largest city in Spain) is one and a half hours away and Barcelona (second largest) 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. Markets
Shopping In Moraira
There are a number of exclusive shops to be found in Moraira and it has an overall upmarket feel to it. If you like open markets then, aside from the weekly Friday market held next to the beach, you could plan a visit evey day of the week to the various markets held in neighbouring towns and villages. Apart from enjoying the buzzing Spanish activity, you can buy some excellent, cheap fresh fruit and vegetables, local specialities, herbs and spices, leather goods, clothes, rugs, fresh and silk flowers, souvenirs, pottery and a whole variety of other goods. There is a weekly market in Moraira which is held on Fridays and is full of traditional Spanish cusine and lovely fresh fruit and vegetables from local suppliers. Be sure to visit the market to pick up your souvenirs.
Holidays In Moraira
As in all of Spain there are numerous fiestas (festivals) held throughout the year in the region; with specific festivals held in April, June, July and November in Moraira itself. Locals The local people of Moraira are extremely 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.
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 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees. In 1986 the World Health Organisation 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. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year-round destination.