Moraira and the surrounding Costa Blanca - People and Places

Moraira is the heart of the Costa Blanca region of Spain—8km of coastline along the bright blue Mediterranean Sea. It is minutes from beautiful sand beaches and cozy harbors for those who love the ocean. It’s also just a short drive into the surrounding mountains and valleys home to some of the most productive vineyard and orange groves in the area, growing some of the finest Muscatel grapes in all of Europe.

Moraira itself is relatively small, home to just 10,000 people, and allows you to experience the authentic Spanish coast without being overwhelmed by the more touristy and attractions in the region. There are also strict building regulations in place that keep high rise hotels and such from being built, maintaining the Spanish and Old World charm that many places along the Mediterranean have already lost that help visitors to become instant photographers taking amazing breathtaking photos of Moraira. In fact, many expatriates (including a large population of retired English men and women) call Moraira home because it is so uniquely quaint.

Historically, the town was a simple fishing village—and it still has a functioning fish market serving locals and travelers alike. The harbor houses the marina, privately owned by the Club Náutico Moraira for those travelling by yacht, and hosts multiple regattas throughout the year.

Moraira Harbour


Once a traditional fishing village, Moraira has been reimagined as a coastal Mediterranean getaway for world travelers. Dominated by its own port (which features the private marina owned by the Club Náutico Moraira), Moraira offers a little for everyone:
• Sandy beaches just minutes away
• Rocky coves and harbors for the adventurous
• Traditional Spanish charm
• Old World Architecture
• Historically important cultural exhibitions throughout the year
You get all of this swaddled in Mediterranean sun tempered by cool sea breezes

Altea Alicante Province Spain


The narrow cobbled streets of Altea lead travelers through traditional Spanish homes to the bright blue bay below. You’ll pass cozy restaurants serving local favorites, bodegas offering up some of the best local wines, and shops selling handcrafted items prepared lovingly by local artisans. Here you’ll also spot important cultural and historic sights such as the Church of La Mare de Déu del Consol with its striking blue and white ceramic tiled domes

Denia Marina Costa Blanca Spain


Calpe is a historic coastal town that retains important ties to the past while looking toward the future. Historic sites like the ruins of Els banys de la Reina (The Queen’s Baths), the tower of La Peça (dating from the 18th Century), and the massive Gothic Catholic church of Calpe make you feel as if you’re stepping into the past but Calpe is a very modern city. During a massive construction boom in the 1960’s the whole region was reimagined to capture the attention of international travelers

Javea Costa Blanca Spain


Called Xàbia by the locals, this tiny seaside resort and market town boasts a narrow by protected by rocky headlands. The gravel beach and port were once an important conduit for the raisin trade but were reimagined in the 1950s when the nautical club came to dominate the harbor. The church of Mare de Déu de Loreto was built in 1967 to resemble an oval boat keel cutting through the waves

Plaza De La Virgen in Valencia


The third largest city in Spain still boasts a thriving industrial port but has managed to hold onto its historic roots. Beautiful architecture abounds as care preservation of historic sites has allowed true Spanish heritage to shine through. Valencia has become a hotspot for international travel and has even attracted world class sporting events over the years. Visitors will be thrilled to find a blend of old and new in everything (architecture, fashion, food, entertainment, and more)



Guadalest is a tiny mountain town that dominates the valley of the same name. Once a Moorish installation, the town was captured by the Christians centuries ago. While there are a number of small restaurants offering authentic Spanish fare and shops selling handicrafts, the views offered by the surrounding countryside are the stars of the show. From certain vantage points you can see for miles and are surrounded by mountains, orange groves, vineyards, and the bright blue sky

Montgo Natural Park

Montgo Natural Park

This natural preserve encompasses over 5,000 acres of pristine lands in the mountainous region just minutes from Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The area is crisscrossed with hiking trails and modern travelers will marvel at the views as well as the wide variety of plants and animals native to the region. However, the area also contains some of the most important prehistoric sites in Spain including multiple caves featuring cave paintings from ages ago

Cala Del Mediterraneo Costa Blanca Spain

Costa Blanca Coastline

Costa Blanca stretches for miles along the Mediterranean coastline and spreads across 18 towns. The coast ranges from beautiful sand beaches perfects for lazing away in the sun to rugged cliffs and outcroppings jutting into the ocean. The Mediterranean also offers secluded coves and inlets that feature crystal blue waters, perfect for boating excursions or scuba and snorkel adventures. While much of the Costa Blanca is heavily populated and very tourist oriented, there are a number of spots (particularly the farther north and east you go) that still retain much of their traditional Spanish charm

aaOrange Groves Jalon Valley

Orange Groves

The entire Spanish Mediterranean coast and the valleys just inland are dotted with gorgeous orange groves producing some of the sweetest citrus on the planet. Many of these groves offer tours and feature shops selling fruit, pastries, jams, and other delectable goodies made from this important local bounty. The one thing you’ll notice before you even see the groves is the smell—there’s nothing quite so fresh and enticing as the fresh scent of citrus trees wafting on a warm coastal breeze

Jalon Valley on the Costa Blanca

Jalon Valley

The Jalon Valley is just 30 minutes inland from the Mediterranean coast in Spain and follows the River Gorgos. It’s bordered by the Sierra de Bernia and Sierra del Forer mountains and offers some of the most gorgeous views to be had anywhere. Dotted with tiny villages and towns, the region is also known for spectacular orange and olive groves as well as some of the finest vineyards in the south of Spain

Spanish Village Street

Towns in the Jalon Valley

Many of the towns in Jalon valley feature traditional architecture, narrowed, cobble streets, and vibrant Spanish color. In fact, in the Town of Jalon you’ll find a traditional Spanish square built around a beautiful fountain. Every Tuesday a market springs to life in the square offering travelers a taste of authentic life in the mountainous region of Spain

El Portet near Moraira

El Portet

This quiet seaside village is in within walking distance of Moraira and features a sloped sandy beach (better than either of the beaches in Moraira itself). From there you can gaze upon the mountains just inland from the coast or take in the views of Calpe along the shore. Here you’ll find restaurants and bars where you can sample local delicacies and relax in the sun or sip a local wine and watch the sun set over the Mediterranean