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 in the
northern Costa Blanca, Spain 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
British. The majority of visitors to Moraira are Spanish, British, 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.
However, the economy of Moraira is now built
around tourism and Spanish property sales that have transformed the coastline
over the past 30 years. 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
Yacht club Moraira
The yacht club, "Club Náutico” has 620 embarkation points. It includes an
association club which is provided with restaurants and shops. Also in summer
they have sailing courses and regattas. The championship of the district for
open sea yachts is held at Easter, the regatta "Moraira Santa Eulalia” takes
place at the end of September.
Climate in Moraira
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 from heat waves. The summers are hot, the winters mild.
The sea temperature during the summer months is up to 25 degrees. It hardly
rains during the months July-August.