Moraira was originally a small fishing village that has grown in popularity. It’s not surprising. Set on the beautiful Mediterranean coast in between the vibrant, cosmopolitan cities of Alicante and Valencia, it has managed to retain its character and traditional Spanish charm.
Moraira is popular both with Spaniards and the international community. It has a laid back, tranquil feel to it and it is the perfect place from which to enjoy the beautiful Spanish countryside, the picturesque coastline and tasty Spanish food. Much of the local countryside is given over to vineyards and wine production and the growing of Muscatel grapes is an important part of the local economy.
There is an interesting mix of rocky coves and sandy beaches with two of these having been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness and amenities. What all of them have in common is the clear blue water for bathers and sailors to enjoy.
Moraira has kept its building in check to ensure that its eight kilometres of beautiful coastline remains virtually intact. Teulada is close by and Moraira falls within its jurisdiction. Many amenities are shared by the two towns including its town hall.
Fishing is an important part of Moraira’s history and tradition. Even now its Marina is well-respected and there are around 620 moorings. There is a popular fish market and a number of fishing boats are still in operation.
There is a weekly market on a Friday and most of the surrounding villages have their own markets on different days of the week. You can buy fresh local produce as well as a variety of leather goods, carpets and ceramics. There’s also a good selection of small local shops and other services such as pharmacy, doctors and banks.
To see and to do in Moraira
Moraira is a relaxing town but it’s also got its fair share of things to see and do. It is steeped in history and one of the buildings that’s a must on the sightseers itinerary is the castle. This medieval building was constructed during the 16th century partly to protect the town from the Barbary pirates. It was restored in the early 1980s and now serves as a small museum. The highest point in the area is Cap d’Or which was used as a watchtower. The parish church of ‘Mare de Deu deis Desemparats’ was built between 1875 and 1878 and is a pretty little church at the centre of the town.
If you want to get a good look at the major sites without expending too much energy you might want to take the tourist train which will take you on a pleasant little trip around the main streets of the town and down to the port.
You will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to dine. There are many high quality restaurants using fresh fish from the catch and they still retain their own charm as well as having accrued a few Michelin stars too. Eel, sea bass, sea bream and red mullet are all popular dishes in the local area. You might also like to try the local speciality of ‘Cocas’ which are savoury cakes with different toppings.
There’s plenty to do if you want to be active. There are a variety of water sports that you can take part in such as snorkelling and scuba diving. A number of different routes around the harbours and bays have been mapped out for scuba divers and you can see these on the Teulada/ Moraira town hall site.
If you like a round of golf then you are not far from three popular golf clubs. Rambling is also a popular pursuit for those living in and visiting the area. A number of routes have been identified for hikers of different abilities and they provide opportunity for the discerning walker to really enjoy the countryside and sites of the region.
But then again, you might want to just take it easy and enjoy this beautiful little town and the relaxing lifestyle it offers.
- Population: 14,000 permanent residents
- Nearest airport: Valencia and Alicante (approximately 90km from both)
- Road access: N332, AP7
- Public transport: There is access via a train which connects Alicante and Denia. There is also a bus route that runs between Alicante and Valencia
- Beaches: Three, sandy beaches Playa del Portet, L’Ampolla, Patgetes
- Nearby local towns: Pinar del Advocat, Benimeit, El Tesoro, La Sabatera
- Cities: Teulada, Javea, Calpe, Denia, Altea