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The Moraira area guide

Things to do

Moraira is a small, unspoiled town on the north eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. Sitting about halfway between Alicante and Valencia, Moraira is renowned for its beautiful beaches, mountains and vineyards.

Originally settled tens of thousands of years ago, Moraira underwent the same transformation as many other Spanish towns under the control of the Moors in the middle ages. Their influence can be seen in everything, from the architecture and layout of the buildings to the shape of the landscape.

Over time, Moraira came to rely more and more on fishing for its livelihood and it was this trade that expanded the town's population and size. These days, it has a permanent residential population of around 10,000 people, which swells to 36,000 people at the height of summer.

A very popular tourist spot thanks to its beautiful weather (over 300 sunny days a year), scenery and restaurants, Moraira retains its historic charm thanks to strict local planning laws that protect the architecture, beaches and local flora.

Despite its relatively small size, Moraira does not lack for things to do. As well as the natural delights on offer, including several sandy beaches and the nearby mountains, the town itself is full of character. The markets, fiestas and nightlife are among the best in the area.

Moraira's history provides plenty to explore. The Castillo de Moraira is an 18th century fortress built to protect the town from pirates. It was well restored in the 1980s and is worth a look around.

Leisure activities are not in short supply, either. Watersports of all types can be tried out, as well as horse-riding, boat hire, tennis, and even go-karting. If you have a car, then the opportunities are expanded even further. There are three sizable golf courses a short drive away and there are plenty of towns nearby worth investigating. Altea, Jávea and Dénia are about 10 minutes away, and Benidorm is not much further. Another huge attraction is the stunning mountain-top fortress at Guadalest.

Places to eat

Being a fishing village within range of Valencia, Moraira has an excellent reputation for Paella. Local restaurants also offer a brilliant range of Ollas (a traditional stew-type dish made up of a combination of vegetables, saffron, pork and potatoes) and fresh, perfectly cooked seafood. Fish particularly worth looking out for on menus are spotted flounder, conger eel, sea bass, hake, red mullet, sea bream and whiting.

Moraira is particularly famous for its food culture. Some of the very best restaurants are Satari, Artesano, La Serenna Moraira and Rondo. If you’re a seasoned foodie, a visit to one of these esteemed venues is a must!

Shopping

The markets in and around Moraira can provide you with almost anything you need. Whilst enjoying the classic Spanish market atmosphere you'll be able to find plenty of high-quality fresh meat, fish, vegetables, spices, leather goods, clothes, rugs, fabrics, flowers, pottery and much more.

Plus, only about a 20-minute drive away is Benidorm, which features all the enormous malls and shopping centres you'd expect. Despite Moraira's relatively small size, you'll certainly not find yourself out of luck when it comes to picking up supplies or satisfying your shopping fix.

Getting there & around

Conveniently situated between the airports in Alicante and Valencia (each around an hour to an hour and a half's drive away), Moraira is by no means cut off. Once you've landed, you'll find that public transport provides a fantastic service for navigating the major arteries between cities. However, you're likely to want to hire or buy a car if you'd like the full freedom to explore.

In Benidorm and Valencia, you'll find all the major car rental companies, including Hertz, Europcar and Sixt. For the short and medium term, they are a great option. However, longer than that and you may wish to consider buying a car locally. Importing one from home is often difficult and expensive.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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