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Moraira

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Castell de Moraira

Moraira is an upscale seaside resort on the Costa Blanca, Alicante (province).

Understand[edit]

Moraira was first established as a quiet fishing village, and together with nearby Teulada it is often referred to as Teulada-Moraira. The town is very popular with foreign visitors and retirees, and its population balloons in the summer. However, unlike other Costa Blanca settlements – most notably Benidorm – the community has not been marred by high rises and overdevelopment, and steps have been taken to protect the area's native pine groves.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From Calp, Autobuses Ifach (tel. +34 965 835 591) runs the L3 bus twice daily, stopping at the 1 bus stop on Avinguda de Madrid, a short distance from the tourist information office. From Calp the trip takes just under 20 minutes; a timetable can be viewed and downloaded here.

By rail[edit]

  • 2 Estación del TRAM (Tram Station), Camí de la Estació (Teulada), +34 900 720 472. Tram Alicante (el Trenet) operates a light rail train connecting all major settlements along the coast between Dénia and Alicante, with the exceptions of Moraira and Xábia; the nearest tram station is in the neighbouring municipality of Teulada. To reach Moraira from this point travelers will need to hire a taxi or have a car available. For those arriving from Alicante, a changeover in Benidorm to L9 (line 9) is required. For travelers with smartphones, there is a helpful official app (iPhone and Android) with a route planner and timetables. Guide dogs and small pets in carriers are permitted. (Q16564547) on Wikidata es:Estación de Teulada (TRAM Alicante) on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

There is no public transportation service in Moraira. There is a 3 taxi stand (tel. +34 965 744 281) on Avinguda de Madrid, and the tourist information office maintains an online list of local car and motorbike rental agencies.

See[edit]

View from Cap d'Or
  • 1 Castell de Moraira (Castillo de Moraira / Moraira Castle). The fortress was built in the mid 18th-century as part of a coastal network defensive system against Barbary pirates. The structure was restored in the 1980s. (Q6745387) on Wikidata es:Castillo de Moraira on Wikipedia
  • 2 Torre del Cap d'Or (Torre del Cap d'Or / Cap d'Or Tower). The circular 16th-century watchtower was built to defend the coast from pirates, and has some great views of the surrounding area. It was fully restored in 1980. (Q9089018) on Wikidata ca:Torre del Cap d'Or on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

View from Platja de l'Ampolla of Calp's Penyal d'Ifac.
Auditori de Teulada-Moraira

Beaches[edit]

  • 1 Platja de l'Ampolla (Playa de la Ampolla) (by the castle). The blue-flag beach is the most urban and popular in the area. Services here include lifeguard stations, toilets and showers, lounger and umbrella rentals, watersport facilities, disabled access, and restaurants. (Q6079084) on Wikidata es:Playa de la Ampolla on Wikipedia
  • 2 Platja de les Platgetes (Playa de les Playetes). Two adjoined smaller urban beaches, also blue-flag. Has a boat ramp, lifeguard stations, toilets and showers, rental facilities for loungers and umbrellas, and a promenade. (Q6079175) on Wikidata es:Playa de les Playetes on Wikipedia
  • 3 Platja del Portet (Playa del Portet). The blue-flag sandy beach is good for swimming as well as kayaking, and the footpath to the Torre del Cap d'Or begins here. Services in the summer include lifeguard station, toilets, showers, boat rental facility, and nearby restaurants. (Q6079281) on Wikidata es:Playa del Portet on Wikipedia
  • 4 Cala de l'Andragó (Cala L’Andragó). A quiet, rocky cove popular for diving, snorkeling, and fishing. Has a lifeguard station and nearby restaurants.

Performing arts[edit]

  • 5 Auditori de Teulada-Moraira, Carrer d'Orba, 2 (Teulada), +34 965 740 445, . Box office: W-Sa 11:00-13:00 18:00-20:00, Su 2 hrs before performance. The striking building was designed by Spanish architect Francisco Mangado Beloqui, and completed in 2011. It is a venue for classical music, musicals, and dance performances. Tickets can be purchased online, at the 2 Teulada Ayuntamiento (Teulada City Hall) (M-F 08:30-15:00), and at the tourist information office.

Buy[edit]

Street markets[edit]

Mercadillo de Teulada
  • 1 Mercado de Artesanía (handcrafts market), Avinguda de la Paz, s/n. Daily 18:00-24:00. An outdoor market featuring local handcrafts and souvenirs.
  • 2 Mercadillo de Moraira (Moraira street market), Ctra Moraira-Calpe. F mornings. A good place to pick up local produce as well as other odds and ends.
  • 3 Mercadillo de Teulada (Teulada street market), Carrer d'Alacant. W mornings. Another weekly street market, good for food and other supplies.
  • 4 Rastro de Teulada (Teulada flea market), Ctra CV740. Su mornings. A market for second-hand items and antiques.
  • 5 Rastro de Jalón (Jalón flea market), Paraje del Azud. Sa 08:00-13:30. Another second-hand market.

Eat[edit]

Bar-café by Cala de l'Andragó

Given Moraira's history as a fishing village, the local cuisine mostly focuses on seafood, with arròs a banda (Spanish: arroz a banda) and paella marinera (paella de marisco) being favourite dishes.

Groceries[edit]

Drink[edit]

The Alicante wine-growing region is designated as a Spanish Denominación de Origen. The area near Moraira and Teulada is known especially for Moscatel Alicante, a pale white wine, and for mistela, a sweet dessert wine, both made from Muscat grapes.

  • 1 La Cooperativa Agrícola Sant Vicent Ferrer (Bodega Teulada), Avinguda de las Palmas, 32 (near the tram station), +34 965 740 051, . M-Th 09:30-13:30 16:00-20:00, F 09:30-13:30 16:00-19:00, Sa 09:30-13:30. The cooperative represents over 100 small producers, and sells a range of muscatel, mistela, vermouth, and other red wines. It also offers guided winery tours and wine tastings on M W F at 10:00 and 18:00, and Sa at 10:00; reservations required. €12 (wine tours and tastings).

Sleep[edit]

Moraira hills and holiday villas

There is a large number of holiday apartments and villas available to rent.

Camping[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • 2 Boutique Hotel La Sort, Avinguda de la Paz, 24, +34 966 491 949. Check-in: 15:00-24:00, check-out: 05:00-12:00. The small beach-side hotel has a number of rooms with sea views. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, nonsmoking rooms, and a highly-regarded onsite restaurant which can accommodate special diets on request. All rooms have coffee machines and free beach towels, and bike rental service is available. Doubles €124+, including breakfast.
  • 3 Hotel Los Limoneros, Carrer de Mar Norte, 20, +34 966 491 727, . Check-in: 13:00-23:00, check-out: 08:00-11:00. Facilities include nonsmoking rooms, pool, snack bar and garden; all rooms have a small kitchenette. Free Wi-Fi and free parking. Doubles €121+, including breakfast.
  • 4 Swiss Hotel Moraira, Carrer Haya, 175, +34 965 747 104, . Check-in: 15:00-24:00, check-out: 07:00-12:00. Has an onsite restaurant, nonsmoking rooms, pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Pets permitted on request. Doubles €135+, including breakfast.

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