Moraira, Costa Blanca, Spain
Moraira Holiday, Property and Tourist Information
With a population of 9,500 the town of Moraira is situated on the northern shoulder of the Costa Blanca. Approximately 100 km south of Valencia and 80 km north of Alicante the town is easily reachable form both Alicante and Valencia international airports. Best reached via the A-7 toll road (exit 63), the journey time in most cases takes around an hour.
Like other towns along the coast Moraira has its roots as a fishing village, indeed it is a trade that is still prevalent here. Another ancient trade is that of wine making; a lot of the land around Moraira was dedicated to the growing of Muscatel grapes, and indeed over 1000 hectares of vineyards are still present.
Gladly Moraira is a testament to sensible town planning, there are no high rise hotels here, and package tour holidays are not welcomed. The town is however a favourite for residential tourism, keeping its Spanish way of life, while absorbing international influences. In fact Moraira has been doing this throughout its history; after all Iberians, Moors, Romans and Christians (amongst others) have lived here over the years. Once plagued by Barbary pirates Moraira was fortified with a castle. The castle has been standing since 1746 although badly damaged by the British in 1801; it overlooks the town and surrounding area.
There are numerous blue flag rated sandy beaches around Moraira, in fact they spread out for 15 km on either side of the town. Most are sheltered and good for family bathing. One of the better beaches is the Playa El Portet, located just around the bay from Moraira.
There are many fiestas (festivals) throughout Morairas calendar, some of which are a real spectacle and well worth a look. The cuisine is another major bonus, with (affordable) good food available everywhere, alongside the middle to high end restaurants. Shopping opportunities also exist, mostly in the form of tiny shops offering gifts, local goods and handicrafts, although some fashion outlets have also made their way here.
Moraira is also well known for its mild climate and enjoys sunshine for in excess of 320 days per year. The sun is at its hottest during the summer months, with temperatures rarely falling below 30°C (86°F). Winters are typically very mild with averages hovering around 18°C (64°F).