Teulada Moraira Costa Blanca

Moraira is the coastal part of the town of Teulada-Moraira. It is one of the towns in the Marina Alta region of the Costa Blanca, just south of the most easterly point of mainland Spain and is located between the 3rd and 4th largest cities in Spain, namely Valencia and Alicante.

Moraira is overlooked by the magnificent Montgo Natural Park, is separated from neighbouring towns by vineyards and has over 8km of stunning coastline. The mountains to the North, West and South shield Moraira from the colder, wetter weather and have resulted in Moraira enjoying its own micro-climate, with temperatures typically being a couple of degrees warmer than the seasonal average.

Moraira is very popular with northern-Europeans, particularly the British, German and Dutch, all of whom have been warmly welcomed and integrated with the local Spanish community. During winter months the population is around 10,000, but rises to around 30,000 in the summer when many people descend on this fashionable, stylish resort.

Moraira was once a small fishing village and even though the tourism industry has developed here, it has done so sympathetically and in a manner which enhances the village, so much so, that at its essence, Moraira has not changed significantly. The fisherman still fish, the auctions at the market are still bustling with restaurateurs eager to outbid each other to land the best fish for their menus, and the winemakers still tend to their vines, keen to ensure the quality of their Muscatel grapes.

Moraira’s tourist development has focused on independent tourism, where tourists rent large villas and apartment to use as a base, from which they explore the surrounding towns, countryside and beaches. This is in contrast to many towns further south where high-rise hotels and apartment-blocks house holidaymakers, bussed in from the airports for drink-fuelled holidays. Teulada-Moraira’s governors have cleverly avoided this market and have established Moraira as the ‘St. Tropez’ of Spain.

The narrow, cobbled streets that run from the beach are home to a number of boutique clothing shops, where elegant women buy the latest designs to wear in the stylish bars that are decorated in a fusion of traditional and modern style and serve the aperitif’s that are enjoyed before moving on to one of Moraira’s excellent restaurants.

As well as contemporary boutiques and fine jewellery retailers; stocking brands such as Tag Heuer and Omega, Moraira has some fine delicatessens where cured jamon serrano’s hang above counters, laden with fresh, vivid red and green peppers, nestled between huge jars of intense, peppery olives jostling for position with rich, golden manchego cheeses and smoky, red chorizo sausages.

As well as these delightful shops, Moraira also has the more traditional shops, where creamy ice-creams, crowned with crunchy biscuit and vibrant sauces, can be enjoyed and where a bucket and spade or a bat and ball can be bought to keep the children amused. In most streets, sandwiched between these shops are the bodegas: cool, shaded shops with impressive displays of wines and spirits.

As a fishing village, the sea has been very important to Moraira. In 1985, the Marina and Moraira Club Nautico were built and have developed into one of the main nautical attractions of the Valencian Community. Many wealthy European’s moor their yachts here and can often be seen in the clubhouse enjoying a drink after a day on the waves.

Moraira is proud of its culinary capacity. The local council organise, in conjunction with restaurateurs and international chefs, a Gourmet week, to showboat the capabilities of the restaurants and the skills of the chefs and to continue to promote Moraira as a serious destination for knowledgeable food fans. Moraira is fortunate enough to have three restaurants listed in The Spanish Michelin guide: Gourmetour – Ca Pepe, La Sort and Le Dauphin.

The hills above Moraira are lush and green and are peppered with expensive, white-washed villas that look down on the valley that runs from Teulada to Moraira. The valley is filled with orange, apricot and fig trees that produce the most wonderful aromas and are home to a wide variety of small wildlife. The peace and tranquility of the countryside is a pleasing contrast to the more lively atmosphere at the beach, where families relax in the warm Mediterranean sun and enjoy the crisp, clean sea.

Teulada Moraira Costa Blanca

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