The local area – Moraira

Moraira is ideally situated in a bay on the northern Costa Blanca coast between the resorts of Javea and Calpe, approximately 50 miles north of Alicante and 70 miles south of Valencia airports, with excellent motorway and coastal roads from both.

The Costa Blanca, meaning the “white coast” is on the eastern coast of Spain extending for more than 200 kilometres from the citrus groves and the rice paddies of Valencia southwards to the rugged coastline of Alicante and beyond. It is a world full of surprising contrasts that captivates visitors thanks to its scenic diversity and cultural wealth, living in perfect harmony with a mountainous interior dotted with fertile valleys, luxuriant orchards and market gardens.

The region boasts at least 300 sunny days each year with temperatures ranging from 14 degrees in winter to 30+ degrees in summer, giving it a microclimate, which is ideal for both holidays and year-round living. The sea and mountain air is highly recommended and the region is shielded from the cold winter winds of the interior by a screen of mountains. The World Health Organisation has proclaimed that the Moraira, Javea and Denia peninsula known as the Marina Alta has “one of the most environmentally perfect climates in the world”.

Unlike the coastal resorts further south, Moraira is free of high-rise development and package tourism. Originally a fishing village, Moraira is now a lovely small resort town surrounded by white-washed villas nestling in the pine clad foothills of the Marina Alta mountains and overlooking fine sandy beaches, calm seas and rocky coves. The area is designated as a conservation zone of extraordinary beauty, where height and density of buildings are strictly controlled.

The village itself with its picturesque marina and daily fish market, quaint churches, squares and back streets bursting with shops, bars, wonderful restaurants and markets still retaining their Spanish character are some of the many reasons why people choose to settle in this area amongst their welcoming Spanish and cosmopolitan neighbours.

The three main beaches are all European Blue Flagged zoned and life guarded, two of which are sandy and gently shelving, ideal for family bathing. In fact the whole of the Costa Blanca has 34 Blue Flag beaches – 3 times the number of any other Costa. A range of water sports is available including snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing and windsurfing.

Moraira is in a conservation area with very strict planning controls. The luscious green countryside is dotted with whitewashed private villas set amongst pinewoods, vine terraces and orange groves, providing an idyllic setting for those wanting total peace and privacy. The area remains predominately for villa owners and individuals who prefer and enjoy independent holidays. There are good night-clubs for all ages and many restaurants of varying cuisine, eight of which are Michelin recommended with three of them being star rated and not expensive. Golfers are also well catered for at the 3 nearby courses.

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