For a 2017 holiday that combines old-world charm with modern tourist facilities, and European culture with a vibrant nightlife, look no further than Moraira. Located eight kilometres away from Teulada and just a short distance from Java, this small coastal town between the mountains and the sea is graced with 300 days of sunshine per year. This makes it the ideal 2017 destination for families and couples looking for relaxation and leisurely entertainment.
Once a fishing village, Moraira still retains most of its old charm. Its fish market is still the most popular of the Costa Blanca, and its traditional fish auction is still held every day from Tuesday to Sunday in the Lonja. What’s more, Moraira has now acquired a Yacht Club that provides sailing courses and regatas during the summer months.
A laid-back resort set between green hills and sparkling blue sea, holidays in Moraira are ideal for those who want to enjoy Costa Blanca away from the hustle and bustle of the major resorts. The relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to unwind and enjoy yourself, but with so many things to do in a relatively small coastal town, you’ll never find yourself at a loose end.
The impressive marina is a great place to start. Whether you want to yacht-watch along the beachfront or duck into a welcoming restaurant to sample fresh seafood bought from the local markets, holidays in Moraira won’t disappoint. You’ll also find the streets brimming with life after dark, thanks to a number of lively bars in which to sip on a drink or two. Meanwhile, history buffs will perhaps be better suited to visiting the watchtower, Torre Vigia Cap d’Or.
If all of this isn’t enough, be sure to make your way along the coast towards Benidorm, which is definitely the place to go if you’re needing home comforts in the form of a full English breakfast.
Wine and Dine
Moraira’s gastronomic offerings range from local to international. Take your pick between the large number of bars, restaurants, pastry shops and pubs, which offer traditional food, live music, entertainment, karaoke and – in some cases – a view of the sea.
For a chance to savour the fresh fish of the Mediterranean in an unparalleled setting, head to The Dauphin. Built from natural stone and antique wood re-purposed from Toledo monasteries, The Dauphin's cuisine, including sweets, bread and chocolate, is entirely homemade. The restaurant’s view of Calpe, the Moraira bay and Penon de Ifach is sure to be the highlight of your 2017 holiday.
And if you fancy a golf match, head to Brevis Mini Golf, where bar and barbecues are combined with this relaxing sport.
Families looking to spend their 2017 holidays on the Costa Blanca definitely won’t need to leave Moraira if they don’t feel like it. The resort has everything you need, from restaurants and bars, to zoos and theme parks, all guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.
Head to Benidorm, just 30 minutes outside Moraira, for a chance to see the elephants, tigers, lions and rhinos that live in Terra Mitica. This vast theme park is divided into four areas, hosting 1,500 animals of 200 different species. The wide variety of rides and attractions makes it suitable for all ages.
While in Benidorn, be sure to make time for Mundomar and Aqualandia, the marine and animal parks where expert trainers interact with dolphins, parrots, sea lions and birds of prey. And head to Aqua Nature for a chance to swim with sea lions. Swimming pools, water slides, and beach areas will keep the whole family entertained at this water park.
If you’re traveling with children, the Toy Museum of Denia, Alicante, is a stop you won’t want to miss on your 2017 holiday. Pedal cars, horse-drawn carriages, wooden toys, sail boats and Indian forts are guaranteed to keep the children spellbound.
But don’t leave Costa Blanca without a tour of the Valor Chocolate Museum of Villajoyosa. You’ll get your hands on some free chocolate along with an account of the history of Valor Chocolate. Chocolate is also often sold at discounted prices at the end of the tour if your taste buds have been tickled.
Action and Adventure
For tourists looking for excitement and adventure from their 2017 holidays, Moraira offers a wealth of water sports and water-based activities. The Tsunami Jet Ski School offers lessons, equipment and excursions along the Costa Blanca. They offer sailing lessons, kayak rentals, and activities like parasailing, paintball and quad biking.
Head to the harbour of Benissa, just outside Calpe, for a chance to dive, snorkel or hop on a boat under the guidance of the multicultural team of Les Bassetes Diving Centre.
Life's a Beach
The mild weather, golden beaches and clear waters of the Costa Blanca make Moraira an ideal 2017 destination for tourists wanting to enjoy life in the sun.
Moraira’s main beach is a 350-metre-long expanse of sand, which goes by the name of El Portet. Surrounded by pine tree-covered hills and offering the dramatic vista of the Penon de Ifach, the Blue Flag beach of El Portet is the ideal sandy spot for families travelling with children. Cafés and restaurants dot the shore, offering snacks, drinks, cocktails and a friendly crowd.
If you’re looking to experience more than one sandy spot, some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches are just a short ride away from Moraira. While in Costa Blanca you won’t want to miss a swim in the waters of La Granadella, a small, 220 metre-wide beach sitting in the north of Costa Blanca. It has twice won the title of Spain’s best beach, and its cliffs, pine trees and clear waters make it a favourite of snorkellers.
The two Blues Flag beaches of Benidrom, Levante and Ponente – all kitted out with bars and restaurants offering local and international cuisine – are perfect for water sports and sailing.
Though quiet and a little sleepy during the day, Moraira comes alive at night. During the summer season, most places offer live entertainment with the likes of jazz, blues, pop, traditional music and flamenco guitars, while the local discos offer entertainment all year round.
If you're craving more in the way of after-dark entertainment, it’s just a quick trip from Moraira to Benidorm. The nightlife here is often compared to that of Ibiza, and it won’t fail to please the younger holidaymakers. Most nightclubs here include a free drink, DJ sets, live music, cover bands and even TV personalities.
Partygoers will love Benidorm Palace, one of Benidorm’s most unique places. Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it offers dinner, cabaret shows, dancing and extravagant costumes.
Couples wishing to spend their 2017 holidays in Moraira will love the laid-back atmosphere, clear waters, small beaches and traditional villages of the area.
For a view of Spain’s most spectacular landscapes, hike up to the Natural Park of Penyal D’Ifach in Calpe. Among the rare vegetation and local wildlife sits the 332-metre-high Ifach rock. From the top, the visibility is so clear you’ll be able to take in the surrounding villages and the countryside, as well as Ibiza and the Balearic Islands.
And to take in Costa Blanca’s scenery, opt for a horsehide along the banks of Guadalest. Routes will be tailored to your level of expertise, and transport can be arranged from your hotel. Expert riders will guide you through fields of medlar and almond trees, pine forests and mountains – perfect for a romantic adventure on your 2017 holiday.
With remains that date back to the Upper Palaeolithic era, and rupestrian paintings dating to the Bronze Age, Moraira is filled with history and culture.
Tourists wanting to soak in Moraira’s architectural heritage will want to make sure they head to the Torre Del Cap d’Or, a high tower with no entrance – you have to climb on a rope to enter it – built to defend the townspeople from pirate invasions.
In the centre of Moraira sits the local church Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, built between 1875 and 1878. If you're visiting in July, be sure to catch the traditional procession that takes place on the 16th of the month in honour of the town's patron saint.
Before leaving, make sure to visit the fortress on l'Ampolla beach. Constructed in the 18th century, it’s another example of the town's defences against pirates.