The Jewel of the Costa Blanca
Moraira lies between Javea and Calpe, on the Costa Blanca, the South-Eastern coast of Spain. It has excellent roads to and from the town. It is approximately 49 miles/80km (1 hour drive) north of Alicante and 68 miles /110km (1.5 hours drive) south of Valencia. Other resorts nearby include Javea, Calpe, Denia, Altea and Benidorm.
Moraira’s historic roots as a fishing village are still in evidence; its fish market is one of the most popular in the Costa Blanca region and the port has five fishing boats in operation. The economy of Moraira is now built around tourism. Strict planning regulations have prevented over development making it a highly desirable destination. To preserve the heritage of the area, the council passed laws protecting the abundant pine trees and limited the height of buildings. Although Moraira has grown in recent years, becoming one of the most popular destinations on the Costa Blanca it has not sold-out to the tourist boom and isn't plagued by the high rise buildings and overcrowding of other resorts.
Moraira is now the most exclusive place to stay on the Costa Blanca and it still retains all of the charm of a small picturesque fishing town nestled between mountains and vineyards but at the same time has grown to offer almost everything to everyone that stays here.
Moraira's two main beaches are made up of clean golden sand and nestled in attractive bays, swimming here is safe and pleasant and the beach is a relatively un-crowded place to be even in the peak of summer and cleaned daily.
The area has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful un-spoilt scenery. In the evenings there is a great relaxed nightlife with locals and visitors coming together to enjoy the many restaurants and bars.
Intertwined with Moraira's restaurants and bars are many interesting shops that stay open late into the evening. These range from the usual tourist fare, to designer clothing, art galleries, Spanish leather goods and fresh produce that can be found in the local bakers, butchers and fish mongers. The Friday market held opposite the town centre is an excellent opportunity to purchase all manner of fresh produce as well as leather goods, clothing and jewellery.
For the active Moraira offers an excellent array of sports to suit all, including jet ski hire, water skiing, deep sea fishing, diving tuition and equipment hire, tennis courts, a golf course, mini golf and mountain bike hire. It is an ideal location to easily visit other towns including Gudalest, Benidorm, Calpe, Javea, Valencia, Alicante and Denia.
Javea’s Arenal beach is one of the finest in the region and its long promenade has a variety of over 50 restaurants and bars. Despite its popularity Javea has retained its small town charm. Nestling between impressive mountains, Javea's large sandy beaches are sheltered by surrounding rocky coves - giving it safe calm waters and a magnificent surrounding landscape.
Javea has a mild all year round climate and the Montgo Mountains that lie behind Javea town are now in part a protected nature reserve that is clearly visible wherever you are in Javea.
With its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines to rugged mountains, Javea is definitely a great place to visit. The town comes to life in the hot summer months, with fiestas, markets and with a large influx of international guests, Javea evolves into a buzzing tourist resort.
It is well serviced by a huge variety of restaurants, supermarkets, bars and shops and a short drive from golf, theme parks, water parks, safari parks, but if you wish to escape the madding crowd and seek serenity you can any of the quiet coves along the coastline.
A small resort set below a historic hilltop village with views overlooking the whole stretch of coastline. Restrained development is centred on the seafront where there is a pebble beach and attractive promenade of low rise apartments interspersed with old fishermen’s cottages as well as a good selection of cafes and restaurants. The old village, or poble antic, up the hill is very picturesque with its steep lanes, white houses, blue-domed church.
A few miles north of Altea the resort of Calpe offers an interesting and picturesque old town as well as a promenade with an assortment of bars, cafes and restaurants and a sandy beach. It’s most striking feature is the Penon de Ifach – a dramatic rocky outcrop – which sadly has become overshadowed by the high-rise apartment blocks and hotels. It is still worth a visit for a stroll along the promenade.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The sixteenth-century Moorish castle town is built into the surrounding rock and you enter the town through a gateway tunnelled into the mountain. It does get busy and is touristy, however worth a visit for the view down to the reservoir (which is accessible via the village of Beniarda just to the west) and across the valley.