Moraira is a tiny, upscale Spanish seaside town in the Marina Alta Zone, which is part of the Teulada (sometimes known as Teulada-Moraira) municipality. Alicante, to the south, and Valencia, to the north, are almost exactly halfway between each other. It is a tourist destination on the Costa Blanca strip, with an 8-kilometer stretch of shoreline surrounded by mountains and vineyards. For many years, foreign clients and local families have chosen it as one of the healthiest places to live due to its unique microclimate and year-round sunshine. It’s unusual to discover such a pristine stretch of coastline approximately one hour from two international airports. Once you’ve arrived, the town offers a wealth of golden beaches, year-round sunlight, and a wide range of dining and leisure opportunities.
Culture in Moraira
Moraira, in Spain’s northern Costa Blanca, has a permanent population of roughly 14,000 people as of 2013, however this number more than triples during the summer months to 45,000. The bulk of visitors to Moraira are Spanish, English, German, Dutch, and French, with a large proportion of retired Ex Pats residing here permanently. In 2014, we’re seeing a surge in demand for family vacation homes and newly retired couples looking for a slice of paradise while remaining close to home. Younger families are also settling in Moraira, bringing with them fresh prospects and enthusiasm to the sleepy town.
Moraira’s historic roots as a fishing community are still visible; its fish market is one of the most popular on the Costa Blanca, and the harbour is home to five fishing vessels. Moraira is also known for its Muscatel grapes, which are used to make wine.
It’s unusual to come across a place like this in today’s world. Unlike its neighboring towns of Javea, Calpe, and Denia, Moraria has remained a niche and sought-after destination for visitors from around the world. Due to the demand from this global audience, property prices have stayed consistent throughout the recession.
Moraira prides itself on being “upscale,” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Northern Europeans make up the majority of the population, with a few Spaniards and Russians thrown in for good measure. Many are in their latter years, prosperous, and living the good life. During the summer months, the grandchildren arrive, tourists flock in droves, and the area becomes very crowded and touristy. It’s quite sleepy in the winter, and a lot of places close down.
Great restaurants, luxurious villas, and high-end automobiles abound in Moraira and the surrounding affluent neighborhoods of Moravit, Cap Blanc, and San Jaime. The town center is lovely and easily accessible by foot. El Portet is a lovely cove nearby with a great beach and numerous eateries.
Moraira appears to have been lightly touched by El Crisis. While some property owners struggle to sell and move on, wealthy newcomers construct multi-million euro houses on prime plots. Tourism is still the most important business activity in the area, followed by real estate brokers and a variety of services for property owners.