Moraira, Costa Blanca, Spain
Moraira is one of the most interesting towns on the Costa Blanca. With two town centre's, Teulada – Moraira are 6 km from each other, each has its own individual character and charm. Moraira with its beautiful beaches quaint bars and excellent restaurants, while Teulada stands out with its traditional narrow streets and Spanish townhouses creating an idyllic ambience for everyone.
Moraira is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Spain. Just off the AP7 motorway, Teulada-Moraira is just a short drive from Javea and Denia to the north and Calpe, Altea and Benidorm to the south. Moraira is in the province of Alicante and the region of the Comunidad Valenciana. Moraira is the beach resort belonging to the inland town of Teulada.
Moraira´s perfect orientation provides the majority of its properties with a view towards the sea, with the surrounding hills providing shelter from the north wind in the winter and by circulating cool sea breezes in the summer. Protected for centuries by its watchtower and castle, the village atmosphere of this pretty town has made it a favourite in the Costa Blanca. Moraira, originally a small fishing village, that within the last 25 years has grown, with all modern facilities and services provided for. There is still a fishing harbour that has now been extended to include a large, private marina. Today the eco system remains as such as it has for centuries, the fishermen head out early in the morning to catch their produce, which is sold later each day at auction the traditional fish market has been growing over the years and is now one of the most famous in the Costa Blanca.
The village centre, with its small and colourful main street, still retains much of the original character and atmosphere. Stroll through the narrow village streets where small boutiques and pavement cafes entice you to enjoy the Spanish way of life, carry on down to the marina where a variety of waterfront bars and restaurants provide the ideal location to relax in the warm, summer evenings, or enjoy the wonderful views over the Mediterranean to the Peñon de Ifach in Calpe.
The gastronomy is varied with of course Spanish dishes but also variety of other country cuisine including Italian, Greek, British, Asian or Indian.
There are some lovely sheltered coves and beaches in and around Moraira, with "El Portet" boasting a superb beach, fringed with bars and restaurants. For the more energetic all types of sports and pastimes are catered for, including water skiing, diving, golfing, riding, walking and tennis.
Teulada, its inland sister, is a traditional town, with its Spanish market every Wednesday, Wandering under the shade of olive trees, alongside vineyards and nearby orange and almond plantations, Teulada is known for its traditional town houses and narrow streets small quiet squares and amazing mediaeval stone architecture. The village is full of the Riu-Raus (huts), small arched buildings where grapes are laid out to dry. The dried fruit is used to make the sweet local wine “Moscatel”, if you happen to spot a donkey and cart on your travels do not be surprised, some of the villagers are still using the traditional methods to make and deliver their products.