Moraira has evolved from a small Spanish town into a characterful Costa Blanca resort noted for fine dining, a stylish marina and Blue Flag beaches. You can also find informal beach bars in quieter coves which you can reach by sailing, paddle boarding or walking along the coast. Two weekly markets are an opportunity to shop for great produce and meet the farmers and crafts people from the surrounding countryside. Take time to enjoy the cuisine of Costa Blanca where paella is especially popular, making great use of the best ingredients.
Every Friday, Moraira has one of the biggest markets on the Costa Blanca and is a great place to shop if you want to put your villa kitchen and BBQ to use. You’ll find a huge array of locally grown fruit and vegetables, and if you want to take a paella pan home, this is the place to find one. Stalls also sell everything from pottery and spices to swimwear and sunglasses. On Wednesdays in nearby Teulada, the old town of Moraira, there is a smaller, more traditional Spanish market. Take a walk around the backstreets of Moraira and you will find interesting jewellery shops, top-label designer boutiques, good leather shops and funky art galleries. The resort also has two supermarkets for anything else you might need for your villa holiday.
Moraira has a superb choice of restaurants with plenty of traditional Spanish eateries and beach bars serving local cuisine. The marina is a favourite place for seafood fans with a great selection of fresh fish, tapas and paella options. If you’re spending the day at the beach, take a break for lunch or a drink at one of the many Chirenguito, a Spanish beach bar. They are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the stunning sea views and sunsets. If you have a very special occasion to celebrate, there is a Michelin star restaurant in El Portet with no prices on the menu…
Moraira has two main beaches, both with Blue Flag status. El Portet is a beautiful beach with shallow, calm waters perfect for a peaceful dip in the sea. L'Ampollo is the longer stretch of beach, with soft golden sand and plenty of watersports plus sunbeds and parasols to hire. If you want to explore further, there are many sandy coves around the coastline, some with beach bars in the summer months.
Moraira has a mini fun fair and paddle tennis. Or why not try go-karting for a fun family time. Some beaches around the area also have water sports, which is always a favourite with families. The nearest waterpark is Aqualandia Benidorm, about 45 minutes' drive South and it has a great selection of slides and rides for the whole family. Also close to Benidorm are Terra Natura, a zoo and waterpark and Terra Mitica, a theme park with entertainment shows.
Water sport enthusiasts can choose from scuba diving, canoeing, jet skis and paddle boarding. Why not hire a boat for the day and explore more of the beautiful coastline? The Moraira region has more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards and is famous for growing Muscatel grapes for winemaking as well as dessert grapes and raisins. The climate is great for golfers and Ifach Golf Club is just outside of Moraira, around 15 minutes' drive away. You'll also find the Javea Golf Club, a 9 hole course with wonderful views, within easy driving distance. There is also a championship golf course just outside of Javea at the Marriott Golf and Club Hotel and Resort.