With a mountain backdrop and pine forests hugging the rugged shoreline, the town of Moraira lies in a picturesque bay in the north of the Costa Blanca. Its peaceful setting is a draw to the more discerning traveller and in recent years the town has become a popular destination for a number of expats and retirees seeking the quiet life in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Originally a fishing village and a well known region for the growing of Muscatel grapes, the town's main economy now comes from tourism although it still operates a fleet of fishing boats that keep the popular fish market well stocked. Visitors to the area have a choice of airports to fly into as Moraira is equidistant from both Alicante and Valencia and there are good road links via the AP-7 motorway and N-332 coastal road.
Beaches & Attractions
The town's 8 kilometres of rugged coastline offers a mix of sandy beaches and rocky coves, perfect for spending lazy days in the sun or snorkelling and fishing around the rocks. The marina area is home to the Club Náutico Moraira and a selection of shops and restaurants. The town boasts a yearly regatta held at the end of September and sailing courses are available.
Aside from the lively fish market held on week days there is also a large Friday morning market where visitors can choose a selection superb local produce and, combined with some freshly bought tasty fish and seafood, and maybe a bottle or two of the locally produced Muscatel wine, head out to a secluded cove for a delicious BBQ.
A walk along the promenade follows the beaches and marina and passes a well restored watchtower originally built in 1742 and fondly referred to by residents as the ”little castle by the sea”. Depending on the time of year there is a good selection of fiestas and festivals held in the town including the Fiesta of Patron Saints, Moraira Carnival, a German themed Beer Festival and a unique Gourmet Sailing Regatta where entrants are required to cook a seafood meal during the two hour race!