Moraria, nestled on the coast between Calpe and Jávea is a very sought after place to live for wealthy retirees and British expats. Once a small fishing village until only 50 years ago, it’s now a bustling town whilst having kept much of its lovely Spanish charm. Moraira is one of the few coastal towns in Costa Blanca that has not succumbed to the temptation of building high-rise holiday accommodation. Instead, the feel of a small up-market village has thankfully been retained.
Moraira is set against the envious backdrop of mountains, vineyards and pinewoods, with a 16th century castle nestled into its coastline. Moraira is truly a desirable place to live. In fact, the combination of scenery, exclusive lifestyle and wonderful climate make owning a property in Moraira an opportunity not to be missed.
Here we look at the activities available for those living in Moraira, eating out, beaches and why properties in Moraira are so sought after.
The town council of Teulada-Moraira has arranged some free of charge beach activities in the form of Tai Chi, aerobics, swimming and keep fit classes. There’s a list of timings available from a visit to the tourist information office at the town hall or visit their website at www.teuladamoraira.org
You’ll see a long list of things to see and do during the rest of the year – like the 15th Spanish Motorboat Championship and the Moors and Christians festivities which are fantastic. If you have missed anything to do with this latter ancient rivalry, there is always next year. The costumes are magnificent and the parade music is infectious. It makes you want to join in the marching.
On a regular basis, the Teulada-Moraira Lions arrange events, always to a very high standard. Another organisation that’s invaluable to part-time or permanent residents here in Teulada-Moraira is U3A. Although the annual fee is 10 euros per person – it’s non-profit making and the 50 odd various groups are open to all members. The group activities range from 10 pin bowling to yoga, so there’s something for everyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. Properly, U3A is open to all nationalities, but business is conducted in English, and it’s a perfect platform for creating new friendships.
Dining out in Moraira
Moraira doesn’t offer much experience in authentic Spanish cuisine but there is a wide variety of international cuisine available. The exception to this is found on a visit to the numerous Spanish bars in Moraira village. There you’ll find fantastic tapas on the menus.
If you’re looking for a formal restaurant then there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Some aim at the holidaymakers, others at British expat residents (prices approx 10-15 euros per head).
What’s lovely about Moraira is you can go for a meal and walk back to your car in the early hours without any trouble unlike some places. It’s very safe and one of the reasons why it’s so popular with affluent retirees and British expats. Locals will say “good morning/good afternoon/ or good night” and many Spaniards in Moraira speak reasonably good English. However, if you try to speak to them in Spanish, they show their delight and spend time helping you. The natives are lovely!
The main beach in Moraira is Ampolla and is ideal for all ages thanks to its gentle gradient. Those who live in Moraira make regular visits to the lovely secluded sandy bay of El Portet where you can eat and drink looking out across the ocean.
El Portet is approx 1k from Moraira centre. There’s lot of car parking available but a walk from the centre is recommended to take in the stunning views on offer. Gaze at the picturesque marina and down into the azure waters of the El Portet beach. In the distance you’ll spot Calpe and the famous Calpe rock. The view of Calpe makes you gratefully realise that Moraira has not succumbed to high-rises.
At El Portet beach you’ll find jaw dropping luxury villas clinging to the cliffside, and the walkway behind the beach has several friendly bar/restaurants serving mid-morning coffee and light lunches.
Those with a hearty appetite and a full wallet will find a top quality restaurant called Le Dauphin Restaurant overlooking the beach. Their signature dish, oven roasted Crown of Lamb, is superb, and all ingredients for their dishes are freshly sourced each day.
Buying property in Moraira
If you’re looking for a property to buy in Moraira, perhaps a nice villa overlooking the sea, then you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are approximately 50 estate agents operating in Moraira. But there is one property broker who works with all estate agents in Moraria and they are Spanish Property Sales. They work with the largest network of estate agents and contacts in Moraira, thus saving the prospective purchaser valuable time and effort trawling through estate agents stock. If a property in Moraira exists, they will find it! Honest and impartial advice can always be given as they do not list properties directly or represent the vendor’s interest. They act for the buyer as a property broker and advisor, seeking out the best opportunities in Moraira.
Moraira video from their Tourist Information