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Find information on Moraira in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Moraira lies north of Benidorm, between the towns of Calpe and Javea on the Costa Blanca. Once a tiny fishing village, Moraira has managed to retain an authentic Spanish atmosphere with no high rise accommodation spoiling the magnificent landscape. It is a pretty resort framed by mountains and pine clad hills dotted with gleaming white holiday homes. The sandy beaches, washed by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean provide a variety of water sports. Moraira is a peaceful resort offering relaxation amid stunning natural beauty.
Moraira is an attractive resort offering a retreat from the stresses of twenty-first century living, where the pace of life is slow, the sun is warm, the locals are friendly, the wine flows and the food is good. For those who want a little more activity, there are a range of leisure pursuits both in and out of the water.
Moraira, with its sandy beaches, is popular with families and those looking for a relaxing break by the sea. Its water sporting facilities attract the more energetic holidaymaker and its neighbouring courses attract golfers.
The most popular time for a Moraira holiday is from April to October when the temperature ranges from a very pleasant twenty five degrees rising to the early thirties in the height of summer. Many visitors spend winter months in Moraira in order to escape from the dark dreary days at home.
Moraira is one of the most unspoilt resorts on the Costa Blanca where regulations have prevented over development and buildings that are out of character with the village. Lying between Javea and Calpe, surrounded by verdant hills and a beautiful coastline, its popularity is no surprise. Many Northern Europeans have second homes in the area where they can relax and forget the damp days of our British winter.
Moraira has eight kilometres of coastline with soft sandy beaches and rocky coves. The shore slopes gently into the clear warm waters of the Mediterranean providing safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. The rocky areas are perfect sites for snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a diving school for novices as well as for more experienced divers. A variety of water sports is offered including jet skiing.
Moraira has a range of hotels, apartments, villas and studios accommodating most budgets. It has some fine restaurants serving international cuisine and the fish restaurants along the water front are not to be missed.
Moraira has shops and markets providing for all your holiday needs including those obligatory gifts and souvenirs.
If you wish to do a little more than bask in sunshine on the beach, car hire is recommended. There is much to see in the area and, although there is public transport, self-drive remains the most convenient option. Sightseeing trips include the Vergal Safari Park, the fortress at Guadalest and go-carting, as well as the many picturesque inland villages. There are also a number of golf courses in the vicinity.
Moraira celebrates a number of fiestas throughout the year. In June there is a lively Moors and Christians celebration with colourful processions through the resort followed by fireworks.
A Moraira holiday offers peaceful relaxation in an area of great natural beauty where the warmth of the sun is matched by the welcome of the locals.
Moraira nightlife is fairly low key reflecting the family nature of the resort. Evenings are spent wandering the streets around the cobbled square or strolling along the waterfront, enjoying a meal and a drink with family and friends. The larger hotels provide some entertainment but if you are looking for all night parties you will need to take a taxi to Benidorm.
Moraira has minimarkets supplying holiday essentials as well as the usual numbers of gift and souvenir shops. Friday is market day and there is also a very good street market eight kilometres inland at Teulada. There are fish auctions six days a week in Moraira. Neighbouring Javea has a large market on Thursday complete with street entertainers, music and dance. Here you can barter for bargains, partake of snacks and drinks or just enjoy the entertainment. Popular purchases include local handicrafts such as wickerwork, pottery, leather goods and embroidered linens.
Moraira restaurants serve a variety of food and cater for most tastes. Those by the harbour and along the waterfront are particularly cosmopolitan and include fast food. There are some excellent fish restaurants where fresh, traditionally prepared dishes delight the palate and are good for the pocket. An ideal way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Local wines are pleasant and inexpensive.