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WHY BUY A HOME IN MORAIRA?

There is evidence that there has been human habitation in Moraira  since 15000 BC and objects have been found in Cova de la Cendra to confirm this.

Barbary pirates raided the coast during the 16th Century and, for this reason, look-out tower was built on the Cap d’Or.¬† This tower has been restored and can be reached from the sea front at El Portet.

The centre of Moraira is dominated by the Castillo de Moraira which was also to protect the coast from barbary pirates in the 16th century.  It is still a very much treasured feature of Moraira, even though it was badly damaged by the British fleet in 1801.

At the end of the 18th century, crops were exported by sea from the ports of Moraira and El Portet but gradually the local people turned to fishing and the small houses used for tackle were enlarged to become fisherman’s houses, which led to Moraira becoming a village.

Moraira covers an area of 32k2 and has 1000 hectacres of vineyards in the hills, with a further 2000 hectares under cultivation.

Moraira has a Mediterranean climate and the area averages approximately 3000 hours of sunshine, with an average temperature of 20 degrees.

In 1986 the World Health Organisation declared that the climate in Moraira was one of the best climates in the world

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I LIVE IN MORAIRA?
When you live, or are on holiday, in Moraira you will find there are endless things to do to enjoy one of the Mediterranean’s most attractive locations:

Beaches in Moraira
There are two main beaches in Moraira: L’Ampolla, next to the castle, and El Portet, on the far side of the port. Both have gently shelving sandy beaches and are perfect for children. L’Ampolla has a play area, toilets and lifeguards in summer and a beach bar that has an adjoining restaurant. El Portet is long and thin and is backed by a small selection of places to eat and drink.

Out of season, the beaches are great to visit as there is plenty of room for ball games and picnics.

In the middle of the two beaches is the Port. This is still a thriving fishing port which supplies many Moraira restaurants with the ‘catch of the day’. The Port is also home to some of the most luxurious yachts that sail the Mediterranean.

The drive along the coastal road from Moraira to Calpe reveals lots of hidden rocky coves and small beaches, often with a bar or two where you can unwind with a glass of something and a fantastic sea view.

Watersports in Moraira
Moraira is the perfect location for year-round watersports including: diving, snorkelling, paddling, kayaking, jet-skiing, sailing, body surfing, fishing and boat trips.

And of course, for the less energetic, a leisurely swim in the calm Mediterranean waters of Moraira is a great way to relax.

Owning a property in Moraira means you can take part in these activities for most of the year as the climate is so mild.

Walking in Moraira
Moraira is more than just a tourist and Costa Blanca fishing town. There are a variety of breath-taking walks around the Moraira area including:

• El Portet beach to Cap D’Or
• Cala Llebeig to Cala Moraig
• Ampolla beach to la Fustera beach
• Teulada to el Barranc de Xurra

For more information contact the Moraira tourist information centre, , or take a look at Wikiloc for in-depth detail about some of the different walks available.

Dining in Moraira
The restaurants in Moraira offer a variety of international cuisine: Spanish, English, German, French and Italian, Indian, Chinese ….. so you are sure to find something to tempt you. There is also a selection of local freshly caught fish at many restaurants. And just because this is a stylish resort does not mean children are not welcome at the restaurants, most menus offer variations of main dishes for children.

Fiestas in Moraira
The Moraira fiestas take place in July and are a chance to let your hair down and celebrate with the locals. Streets are lit up and decorated and parades take place throughout the streets. Fireworks are in abundance and the spectacular displays are not to be missed. There are also many other fiestas throughout the year, visit the tourist information site for more information.

Moraira market
On Friday mornings there is an excellent market held in the main town car park. Here you can buy traditional Spanish handicrafts, leather, jewellery and clothing.

Local fruit and vegetables are also sold in abundance here, so it is definitely worth making a visit if you plan to stay long term. There are a number of fantastic stalls selling locally grown produce at a fraction of the price you would pay in the supermarkets, as well as other stalls selling dried fruits and nuts, where owners will usually let you try before you buy.

For book lovers there is also the Teulada Moraira Lions Club stall, which sells a wide selection of second-hand English language books for 1 euro. You will find the stall there every other week.

Transport in Moraira

Getting to Moraira from the airport
Like Jávea, the most popular airport to serve Moraira is Alicante, which is around 95km away and takes 70 minutes to drive.

The next best option is from Alicante, taking roughly 80 minutes to drive.

Buses from Alicante
Although there is no direct bus service from Alicante Airport to Moraira, there is the option to catch a bus to Teulada, from central Alicante. The C6 bus takes you from the airport to the centre where you can then catch the ALSA bus going towards Teulada. The Alicante-Teulada bus begins at 13:30, ending at 19:00, with single tickets costing €8.30 and returns €15.75. Returning from Teulada to Alicante, the daily service runs at 16:00, 16.55 and 20.45. The journey can take as long as 3 hours, so this may be worth bearing in mind at the height of the season. For more information, see www.alsa.es. Once you are in Teulada, you can catch a bus to Moraira through Autobuses Ifach.

From Valencia – Similarly, there is no direct bus service from here, but as mentioned in the Jávea transport section, there is the possibility to catch the same service from Jávea and then get a taxi to Moraira. The bus is serviced by ALSA and runs once in the morning and evening on weekdays, once on Saturdays and twice on Sundays.

Driving directions
You will need to take the AP-7 motorway from Valencia for an 80 minute drive to Moraira. Tolls cost approx. 8-9€.

Taxis and transfers
There is an abundance of transfer companies you can find online through a quick search – one of the most popular being the Beniconnect service. Another option is Prestige Tours Spain.

Car rentals in Moraira
A few suggestions for local companies:

Beniconnect in addition to their regular transfer service to/from Moraira, they also offer a private mini-bus service.

Caroline Car Rentals allows you to rent either from the airport or directly at their office in Tabaira.

Best Rent A Car has an office in Moraira but also allow pick-ups in neighbouring towns.

As with Jávea, there is also the option to rent from the larger companies once you arrive at the airport.

Local Buses between Moraira and neighbouring towns / cities
The local buses are managed by Autobuses Ifach S.L. They run a service from Calpe leading to Moraira village, later heading towards Benitachell, through Teulada town. To check the latest timetable, visit their website at http://www.autobusesifach.net/index.php/en/timetable.

 

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