‘the Pearl of the Costa Blanca’
Moraira is a charming, upmarket little harbor town in Spain. Despite its popularity, Moraira has never transformed into a mass-holiday destination and has been able to retain its traditional character.
The Moraira harbor on a warm, summer evening.
Part of Teulada (also known as Teulada-Moraira) municipality, 80 km north of Alicante and 100 km south of Valencia, Moraira is easily accessible from both major airports in the region.
Thanks to its location, Moraira is privileged to benefit from a so-called ‘micro-climate’, resulting in 300 days of sunshine per year.
For this reason, Moraira has been the location of choice for many years by both holidaymakers and expats, that have fallen in love from their very first visit.
A panoramic view of the Moraira harbor, with in the background Cap d’Or mountain, which encloses the beautiful El Portet bay.
The surrounding region has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoiled scenery and many small villages to explore.
The town itself has pleasantly grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining its considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. It’s also particularly popular with Spanish holidaymakers from Madrid and Valencia.
Despite its popularity, Moraira has maintained its typical Spanish character.
Moraira has an impressive marina, an excellent variety of local shops, markets, harbourside fish restaurants, and bars and best of all has still managed to preserve its Spanish character.
The old streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, small jewelry shops, and many, many bars and restaurants. Sandy beaches, hidden coves and a winding coastal road with fantastic views and rugged mountain ranges in the background – about 1500 m high – provide a varied landscape.
The seawater is very clean and every year all beaches are awarded the Blue Ribbon for cleanliness. The air in this area is considered to be the purest in Europe.
The main beach in Moraira, at walking distance from the town centre.
Golf enthusiasts can play on the many excellent golf courses on the Costa Blanca which you’ll find scattered around Moraira, at only close distances to a 40 km. At least six of the local golf courses are internationally renowned for their quality. Moraira even has its own golf course: the Club de Golf Ifach, at 5 minutes away from the centre of town.
The lovers of good food can indulge themselves. Moraira itself and the surrounding towns offer many restaurants, some of them already bearing Michelin-stars, and many other certainly worthy of those awards.
The Algas Beach bar in Moraira.
Moraira offers restaurants in every price range.
Moraira is the reference point for most activities. Recreational amenities include all kinds of water sports, golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and interesting excursions in the mountainous hinterland of unspoiled valleys, caves, picturesque villages and ancient castles. For those interested in history you’ll discover ancient villages of Moorish origin everywhere. Some of them with well-preserved forts and museums.
The historic centre of Moraira’s neighboring town Javea.
The choice of beaches is endless. Besides the beaches of Moraira and Benissa, you’ll find the endless beach of Denia a short distance up north and the bustling coast of Javea in between.
About half an hour drive down south, you will find the two beautiful bays of Calpe and the always very lively beaches of Benidorm (the city that never sleeps). There are very popular theme parks to be found such as Aqualandia (water fun for the whole family), Mundomar (displaying all kinds of sea-life, including dolphins), Terra Mitica (theme park with exciting rides) and Terra Natura (Zoo). Perfect for days out with the children!