Moraira, Spain and the Costa Blanca
Stretching for more than 200 kms along the eastern coast of Spain, the Costa Blanca (White Coast) is a beautiful long white strip of sandy shoreline dotted with bays and coves and one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. This exquisite stretch of coastline teems with sun-seeking visitors in the summer, there are havens of tranquillity dotted along the pristine coast and the tiny town of Moraira is one of them.
Founded as a port and fishing village as part of the greater inland town of Teulada, Moraira is a quaint enclave nestled on the coast behind beaches and azure waters, and one that has managed to preserve much of its beautiful heritage. a few fishermen’s cottages still line the cobbled streets, many of whom still head out into the early morning to fish and sell their wares straight from their boats, and a 16th century fort and lookout tower, built and fortified to protect the town against Barbary pirates, stands on the Cap D’Or, overlooking Moraira’s beautiful bay.
Moraira is surrounded by spectacular beaches, no less than eight of them, where you can spend the day relaxing in relative peace and swimming in magnificent turquoise blue waters. The beaches enjoy excellent facilities, including showers, children’s playgrounds, and plenty of restaurants, as well as an array of fun water sports activities to enjoy. Playa Del Portet is a cozy, protected inlet with gin-clear waters and a lovely sandy beach – ideal for a peaceful swim without the crowds, while L’Ampolla is Moraira’s busiest beach in the summer with golden sands, beach bars and restaurants and sun loungers perfectly placed for people watching.
Things to Do
Moraira has a selection of lovely little stores and boutiques to explore, as well as many cool sidewalk cafés, vibrant bars, and busy restaurants serving delicious local cuisine to enjoy. Don’t miss the famous fish auction in the nearby town of Teulada, which runs from Tuesday through Sunday, where you can bid on a variety of the best catch of the day, sold directly from the fishermen’s boats on the quay.