On the very tip of the north-eastern part of Costa Blanca, a small coastal town, Moraira, lies enveloped in the untouched scenic beauty of its surroundings. Casually resting between the Airports of Alicante and Valencia, this town has caught the attention of many snowbirds who come searching for a peaceful retreat. What once was a small fishing village, grew over time into the perfect holiday resort where tourists get to taste the true Spanish essence through its remarkable marina, the native shops, the harbour-side fish restaurants and local bars.
Why should people stay in Moraira during the winter?
If you are looking to escape the harsh weather conditions of your hometown in winters, Moraira is a great option for you as the winter climate is perfectly comfortable and you get to see a lot of sunny days. The town is much quieter as compared to the summers, and during this time, you will find lesser options for restaurants and bars. However, the market place is rich with fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.
Moraira is an ideal “winter getaway” for you if you enjoy those long coastal walks, peaceful sunny afternoons on the beach and quick, easy access to the local market. Living circumstances are dealt with easily as a lot of rental options are available. If you are looking for a nice time at a peaceful and climate-friendly locality, Moraira is the place to be.
Just like any other Mediterranean location, Moraira has a typical breezy summer whereas, in winter, the cold, harsh winds from the north are averted due to the surrounding mountains. Therefore, the average temperature is quite stable throughout the year. Moraira gets to see sunny days more frequently than normal, and so, the town is considered an ideal wintering spot during the winter season. The area’s climate was also rated as the most equitable in the world by the World Health Organization in 1986.
For more climate information visit Meteoblue
Things to see in Moraira
When it comes to being a good winter destination, Moraira has a lot to offer on its plate.
- Castillo de Moraira: A fortress built entirely out of stone in the 18th Century. The beautiful castle is rich in history and is located near the coast.
- Playa Del Portet: Better known as the most picturesque beach in Moraira with its white sand and shallow waters. This spot here has everything you need for a nice relaxing day out.
- Cala Moraig: Casually placed at a walking distance from Moraira, Cala Moraig is the most famous beach in the town and is a popular spot for the people who are into quieter beaches for a relaxing day.
- Saxo Disco Garden: When you need to chill out on a day with good live music and dancing, this is the place to go. Not only is this spot popular for tourists, but many locals also come by to have a relaxing time and to pop their stress bubbles.
- La Cova de les Rates: A large cave, also known to be a wildlife reserve where one can find the different species of bats. The cave is only accessible through the sea and may interest you if you feel like strolling through the natural enclaves of Moraira.
- Moraira Market: The local market of Moraira has over 150 stalls with almost everything available from fresh fruits to household goods and furnishings. Your shopping needs are definitely not an issue no matter how long your stay is.
- Le Dauphin: A high-class, fashionable restaurant in Moraira crowned with a luxurious ambience. Offers an exquisite view of the bay towards Calpe from the terrace and is overall a highly recommended restaurant for those who can afford the experience. Things to see not far from the location/town.
Things to see not far from Moraira
Moraira is surrounded by many potential sightseeing areas that one can visit. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Denia’s Toy Museum: This museum features a large toy collection from the early 20th century to the 60’s. The museum is built on a former train station (22 meter (72 feet) north of Moraira) and has a large variety from the Sauquillo and Ferchen factories.
- Arenal Promenade: A beautiful shopping and dining district, right next to the Playa Arenal in Javea, 12 meter (39 feet) away from Moraira. The Promenade is a great place for strolling around with a beautiful view of the ocean and has a large variety of bars, restaurants and local shops.
- Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto (Javea): One of the most distinctive and modern churches you’ll ever come across in your life. The distinctive, yet enchanting architecture makes it one of a kind. The church is open for visitors all year long.
- Benissa: A day trip to Benissa, which is an old Spanish town (12 meter (39 feet) inland from Moraira) has many interesting squares and shops and is strung along the main N332 Alicante to Valencia road. Benissa is referred to as a traditional, old-style Spanish market town.
- Jalon Valley: In order to taste the true Spanish cuisine, Jalon Valley is the ideal place to visit. The small town (22 meter (72 feet) inland from Moraira) offers the authentic regional food cooked on wood fires, and that too in reasonably low prices.
Activities in Moraira in the winter
Moraira may be quieter in the winter season, but there are still a lot of activities one can participate in to make the stay worthwhile:
- Local Market: Every Friday (8:30AM – 2:30PM), the local market is set up at the main parking lot in between Av. Madrid and Ctra. Moraira – Calpe. As it is near the central town, a trip to the market can easily incorporate some coffee or a nice lunch at the local restaurants.
- Santa Cecila Festivities: Usually held in November. Concerts by the Brass Band AMCT along with many different activities including fireworks and open-air dances.
- Yoga retreats: At Moraira, there are many opportunities present for Yoga lovers to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in the beautiful coastal town even in winters. English speaking instructors are also available.
- Cycling: Many cycling routes for tourists to explore. Rental bikes are easily available.
- Three Kings Parade: The highlight of the Christmas celebrations is the arrival of the Three Kings at the parade. Usually held after Christmas in January.
- Holy Week and Easter: An important religious event that is celebrated all over Spain in April. You can watch the processions from Palm Sunday onwards until Easter Sunday.
- Boat Adventures: Huge variety of boat rental services and tours available.
- Golf clubs: There are many options for playing golf. All golf lovers would be pleased to know that there are three golf courses available in Moraira.
- Gym and Fitness facilities are easily available.
- Visit some neighbouring towns like Calpe, Alicante, El Campello, Benidorm, Altea, Benissa, Gata de Gorgos, La Xara and Denia. Public transport to those places is easily available for day trips. Bus and car rental services are available as well.
Shopping + Restaurants. Are they open in the winter?
Moraira offers a variety of restaurants to the tourists so that they can enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine. It is unfortunate to know that every cuisine might not be available during the winter season, but, the variety still manages to stand strong. Some of the most popular restaurants are mentioned below:
- Chillers Restaurant and Bar
- Restaurante Dgust
- Restaurante Bajul Baru
- Restaurante El Racó de l'Arròs Moraira
- Himalaya Tandoori
- Premium Plus Steaks & Cocktail Bar
- Chic Moraira
- Restaurante Golden Bay
- The Olive Tree Restaurant Moraira
- Restaurante Ca Pepe
The famous local market of Moraira offers a large variety of goods. The place is a must-visit and caters to your every basic need, be it a pair of cheap sunglasses! Moreover, as all tourists like searching for the perfect souvenir, the local market is the ideal place to find that one item they can remember the little town by.
The Summerhouse is also a really good store where people come for reasonably priced goods, and a good shopping experience as the staff is super cooperative and friendly. English speaking sales assistants are also present to help the visitors out with their shopping lists. Other shops include,
- Voque Moraira
- Cardamom Botique
- Amar Atelier
- Dona Alpargata
There is much to see in the surrounding areas, and not all places are easily accessible by foot or by public transport. The town itself can be explored on foot, but if you are considering more length trips, renting a car can be considered.
The bus service, La Union de Benissa, is available on an hourly basis. This bus takes its route from Alicante to Valencia and makes a stop at the Teulada roundabout on RN332 and the Bus station at Bar Frau in Benissa. Both of these points provide access to anywhere in Europe.
One can also travel by Autobuses Ifach L3 bus which takes the route to the bus stop on Avinguda de Madrid. This public bus works on a scheduled timetable which can be viewed here (https://autobusesifach.es/en/timetable)
No Railway stations are present in Moraira itself. However, the nearest is in Teulada named Tram (https://www.tramalacant.es/page.php) which is served by the narrow-gauge service between Denia and Alicante.
Moraira is conveniently placed between the airports of Alicante and Valencia. Both airports are approximately 90 meter (295 feet) away from Moraira and so, easily accessible. Shuttle services like Shuttledirect are also available at the airport. You can find more details at https://www.shuttledirect.com/en/destination/es/moraira.html
It takes almost 50 minutes to reach the airport by car.
In Moraira, both public and private health facilities are easily accessible to the people. Many of the bigger hospitals consist of English speaking staff as well. The nearest public hospital is located in Denia, the Hospital Marina Salud Denia. This hospital is present at a 30 minutes drive from central Moraira. It also caters to emergency cases.
Without valid health insurance, private healthcare facilities can be very expensive in Moraira.
Some of the other health facilities like dental care and pharmacies are mentioned below:
- Moraira Clinic (Private)
- International Clinic Moraira
- Centro de Salud Benitachell
- Pharmacy Pol Yanguas – Amparo Fuster Camps
For further details, please visit https://holidayvilla-costablanca.com/essential-information/
In Moraira, a large number of winter visitors choose to rent a villa or an apartment when it comes to staying in the town for long periods of time. There are a number of different rental companies present in Moraira. One of the most popular international organizations includes HomeAway which offers a large variety of rental properties. You can find apartments and villas available for longer periods of time. If you are looking for a smaller apartment, you can even find one from €350 (approx. $396, £314, $537 CAD, $568 AUD) per month. For further details, you can visit their website at https://www.homeaway.com/search/keywords:moraira-alicante-spain
Other options like Airbnb (www.airbub.com/) are also available for more customized experiences. The prices vary according to the location and the size of the accommodation.
There are no camping sites in the town Moraira itself. The only camping site close to Moraira is Camping Moraira (Camino Paellero 50, Moravit, Moraira, Spain) which is present at a 5-minute walk from the beach in Moreira, 6.8 meter (22 feet) from Calpe. Well designed and offers a lot of facilities to their guests. Languages spoken include German, English, French and Spanish. Further details are available at http://campingmoraira.com/
In the surrounding areas, you can find many camping sites. These include Camping Calp –Mar (Calpe), Las Palmeras Resort (Alicante), Marjal Costa Blanca Camping and Resort (Valencia) and many more.
We did not find a special Camper location in Moreira. If you know one, please let us know.