Reminiscent of the Cote d'Azur, the pine-clad hills dotted with white-washed villas tumble down to a stunning stretch of coastline, headlands and small bays with wondeful views around every corner.
Originally a small fishing village, Moraira has grown over the last 15 years into a charming resort that has been carefully planned. Missing are the high-rise developments that are so typical of many Spanish resorts, instead strict town-council control has led to the building of villas on the surrounding hillsides which can be glimpsed through the pinewoods and vineyards. The town has also been well-protected, originally a small fishing village, Moraira has grown in recent years into a popular yet charming Spanish holiday resort, no high rise developments here with the new development complementing the traditional old town perfectly. Moraira has several family friendly beaches, good windsurfing, snorkelling, golf, tennis, riding stables and a go-kart track - plenty of activities for everyone.
The character of the Moraira coastline, with its dazzling white cliffs and dramatic 'cabos' (headlands) with small forts perched above (to watch for corsair pirates from the Barbary coast in times past) means that the beaches are mainly in small coves and bays.
Moraira - Beaches
There’s a fine sandy beach near the centre of the town. It shelves gently and is ideal for families with children. With several restaurants and snack bars nearby there’s little reason to shake the sand from your feet until the sun begins to sink.
The wind-surfers' beach is 1.5km to the south and as well as enjoying the fine sand and clear water, you can marvel at their skills, their iridescent sails like butterfly’s wings in the sun.
El Portet is popular with families and is 2km to the north of the centre. It’s a dramatic setting with the golden, sandy beach bounded by headlands. There are several restaurants and bars nearby, some right by the water, serving appetising snacks and meals.
The coastline between Moraira and Altea to the south is very much like the Corniche in the South of France. White cliffs and capes sheltering many small coves and bays with both sand and shingle beaches. It’s well worth spending a couple of days exploring - you may find a paradise of your own.
Moraira - Water Sports
The rocky headlands offer excellent snorkelling and scuba diving (certificate needed for latter). Wind-surfing (full courses or board rental) is available close to the town beach. There’s a large yacht-marina and motor boats of varying descriptions may be hired - including jet-skis. Water-skiing and sea-fishing is also available.
Moraira - Restaurants and entertainment
With well over a hundred restaurants in the area offering every sort of cuisine imaginable, the choice is hardly limited. You’ll find French, Italian, Greek, German, English, Vietnamese as well as excellent Spanish food.
Alternatively try one of the bars, they are open most of the day and usually serve tapas - a wide choice of tasty snacks such as squid, potatoes in sauce, fish, rice salad, olives (the choice is endless) each served individually. You order as many as you fancy depending on how hungry you are but they’re best shared with friends so you can try more dishes.
The bars in Spain are quite happy to serve coffee and soft drinks as well as beers, wines and spirits. For night owls there are several discos which start up at around midnight and go on until dawn but only in the main season.
Moraira - Golf
Club de Golf Ifach - San Jaime Urbanisation, Carretera de Moraira-Calpe 3km. Tel: (96) 649 7114. A 9-hole course designed by Javier Arana to be short but challenging. There is also a club bar, a couple of restaurants, large outdoor pool and tennis courts. tel:(96) 649 7116
Don't forget your handicap card!
Moraira - go-cart racing, numerous tennis courts and clubs. At the Tabaira Centre there is an open air squash court and another at Costera del Mar with air-conditioning.
Teulada - Public swimming pool, tennis courts and sports centre.
Gemisant - On the main road to Calpe about 1.5km from Moraira town centre. Cheap and cheerful and helpful staff. Menu del Dia with a variety of choice. Can get busy, and then service can be slow.
Le Chapeau - Almost alongside the 'Gemisant' restaurant described above. Good quality food, with set menu’s (4 course) and a varied wine list. A newly-opened restaurant which is fast becoming very popular.
El Girasol - A little beyond 'Gemisant' and on the right of the main Calpe road. This restaurant is praised in 'Good Food Guides' everywhere. Many suggest that it is the best restaurant on the Costa Blanca. The cooking is simply out of this world and the wine selection most impressive. Prices as you would expect, are on the high side.
Titos - On the road to Teulada/Javea near the Barclay Centre. Splendid decor and ambience. Superb cuisine and wine selection. Spanish guitarist will serenade you. There is no menu del dia and prices are on the high side, but many clients have said the food and ambience make it all worthwhile.