Moraira is a small, upmarket Spanish coastal town, part of Teulada (also known as Teulada-Moraira) municipality, in the Marina Alta comarca, 80 km north of Alicante and 100 km south of Valencia. It is a tourist resort on the Costa Blanca strip, with 8 km of coastline backed by mountains and vineyards.
The permanent population of Moraira is around 10.000, although this rises to 36.000 in summer. There is a high proportion of expatriates living here permanently, and the area is very popular with affluent retirees, especially English. The majority of visitors to Moraira are Spanish, English, German, Dutch, and French.
Moraira’s historic roots as a fishing village are still in evidence; its fish market is one of the most popular in the Costa Blanca region and the port has five fishing boats in operation. The Moraira region is also famous for the growing of Muscatel grapes for wine-making.
Strict planning regulations have prevented over development and high rise buildings, making it a highly desirable destination. Little remains of the fishing cottages that once made up the little port that serviced the town of Teulada that stands at the head of the valley. To preserve the heritage of the area, the Teulada council passed laws protecting the abundant pine trees and limited the height of buildings. It has a privately owned marina built in 1985, operated by Club Náutico Moraira. Moraira is also seen as a culinary destination, with many restaurants. Moraira has three sandy beaches popular with families, and many rocky coves and inlets frequented by snorkelers and scuba divers.
Yacht club Moraira, “Club Náutico” has 620 embarkation points. Year in and year out it receives the “Blue Flag” of the European Community (meets stringent standards). It includes an association club which is provided with restaurants and shops. In summer they have sailing courses and regattas. The championship of the district for open sea yachts takes place on Easter, the regatta “Moraira Santa Eulalia” is taking place end of september.
Moraira boasts a very stable Mediterranean climate with approximately 300 sunny days a year. Surrounded by mountains it keeps away strong winds and also protects the village for heat waves. The summers are hot, the winters mild. The seawater temperature during the summer months is up to 25 degrees. It hardly rains during july and august.
Information about Teulada Moraira can be found here:
Tourist Info de Teulada·Moraira
Carr. Moraira-Calpe 8
03724 Moraira (Teulada)
Phone: (+34) 96 574 51 68
An informative site about the area can be found here: www.comunitatvalenciana.com