Would you like to discover a charming place in Costa Blanca? Keep reading as we take you on a tour of this delightful town of the excellent facilities on offer from its cuisine, to other vital services.
The Costa Blanca is especially distinguished for its unspoilt beaches and rustic coves. Throughout the summer months, thanks to the favourable, calm conditions of the Mediterranean and the diversity of its marine life, this coast attracts a lot of diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking enthusiasts.
Moraira is a municipality in the Marina Alta region made up of two distinct population centres, one located inland (Teulada) and the other on the coast (Moraira). Moraira is part of Teulada and both share a town hall.
Having started out as a humble fishing village, Moraira hasn’t changed much and today the fishermen still go out in the early hours each day bringing back a fresh catch which is sold by auction at the traditional fish market, one of the most popular in the Costa Blanca region. Moraira is also famous for the growing of Muscatel grapes for winemaking.
Moraira boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on this coast, from fine white sandy bays to quiet, hidden coves. Playa del Portet is one of Moraira’s most special beaches, as it is situated in a small bay, embraced by green hills dotted with whitewashed houses. Its turquoise, shallow waters are ideal for families with young children and the setting makes it a romantic beach destination for couples.
The town of Moraira has 8 kilometres of coastline, made up of seven unspoilt beaches and coves that offer the best version of the Mediterranean Sea. Many of them have been awarded the blue flag for the quality of their waters and the services they offer. Everything you need to enjoy a full day at the beach or to practice one of the many water sports and activities that the Alicante coastline has to offer.
A particular highlight is La Cova de les Rates, which is only accessible from the sea but is well worth a visit. Since 2004, together with the Marjal del Senillar, it has been considered a wildlife reserve by the Department of Territory and Housing of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Cove de Les Rates
Archaeological remains found in the Cova de les Cendres confirm that man already inhabited these lands in the Upper Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods. The Iberians gave way to the Romans, who gave the name Teulada and Moraira to these two population centres. After them, the Muslims left their mark on this beautiful town.
Main monuments or sites not to be missed in Teulada-Moraira:
- Font Santa Chapel, from the 19th century.
- Church of Santa Catalina, 17th and 18th centuries.
- Historic quarter (Casa Presor, Chapel of Sant Vicent Ferrer, Santa Catalina Church, Divina Pastora Chapel,
- Hall of Jurors and Justices)
- Teulada Auditorium
- Moraira fishing port
- Senillar Moraira Marshes
It’s one of the most visited municipalities on the coast of Alicante due to its great cultural, leisure and gastronomic offer.
The gastronomic offer is, without a doubt, another of the great attractions of this town in the Marina Alta, where you can savour the best fish and seafood, rice dishes or wines, such as Moscatel Romano.
Furthermore, the coastal area of Moraira is full of restaurants where you can enjoy its beautiful views and taste all kinds of seafood and fish from the area, as well as enjoy endless rice dishes, one of the most typical dishes of the Alicante coast.
Where to Eat in Moraira:
Le Dauphin – A Romantic Delight
Known in the area of Moraira as an elegant restaurant with a romantic setting, Le Dauphin is the perfect place for an intimate dinner for two. The Restaurant Le Dauphin is located in the bay of El Portet Moraira-Alicante directly on the beach. The Finca was built with natural stones and all the wood comes from monasteries in Toledo.
The interior decoration has been done in such a way that you feel in a totally Provencal Mediterranean atmosphere with a spectacular view over the whole bay of Moraira, Calpe and in the background the colossal Peñon de Ifach.
Le Dauphin is a restaurant that knows about the importance of the finer details, from the delicate table settings to the beautiful cutlery and sculpture decorations.
By sitting on the terrace, Le Dauphin restaurant provides the most breathtaking view over the murmur of the waves, making for a truly unique experience that you will never forget.
The cuisine revolves around an exquisite fusion of French Mediterranean, with elaborate dishes of Bay fish prepared with olive oil and fresh herbs, special meats such as our sirloin steak from Australia Rossini and a baked lamb crown.
The desserts, bread and sweets are completely homemade and the products are always fresh from the day.
Using excellent fresh and seasonal ingredients, chefs Bert Wets and Francis de Backre combine creativity, innovation and precise presentations to achieve brilliant and tasty presentations.
Address: Calle Puerto Lapice 18, Playa del portet,
Moraira -Teulada – El portet
Tel: 966 490 432
La Villa Cube – A Chilled Mediterranean Setting
Under the leadership of Monarca restaurant, La Villa Cube in Moraira in the exclusive area Teulada has seen nonstop success. The owners have gone to every length to make their clients feel completely relaxed, whilst offering gourmet tapas and delicious cocktails.
The concept of the menu is centred around “slow food”, using only the freshest ingredients from the area to bring their customers the ultimate dining experience. Inviting diners to enjoy a tranquil environment, La Villa Cube hopes that its guests will be able to pay attention to the flavours on the plate, being able to truly relax and appreciate them.
he peaceful ambience by La Villa Cube has been created especially so that you can savour the menu whilst using all five senses. The decor is on-trend, inspiring a relaxed, beach style of living with furniture following a nautical theme.
At Villa Cube you’ll be able to enjoy delicious tapas and grilled food as you bask in the chilled environment. In addition, the restaurant also hosts regular live music events with talented local musicians.
The menu is in the hands of Chef JR, who happens to be a former “Top Chef” semi-finalist. The whole team comes together to provide its customers with the utmost culinary experience, contending with the creme de creme gastronomy that Moraira has to offer.
The menu features dishes with delicious meats cooked to your likings, like pluma Iberica, entraña, duck magret, including innovative fresh fish recipes like octopus takoyaki, crocante de mariscos variados or Norwegian Salmon and much more as this is a gastronomic experience you will wish to have time and again.
Address: Calle Saida, 2
The Olive Tree – Traditional British Meets Mediterranean Cuisine
The Olive Tree in Moraira is a staple of fine dining, offering its customers the perfect balance of modern and traditional cuisine in a cosy setting. Highly popular among the locals, The Olive Tree is renowned in the town for its modern meets traditional cuisine, offering a top-notch dining experience at very reasonable prices.
Having opened in 1998, The Olive Tree is one of the most prominent and longest-running British owned restaurants in Moraira, offering the Spanish public dishes that are typical of a traditional British roast, by giving it a modern tweak.
The restaurant offers menus that are dynamic, giving a wide selection of several delectable dishes to delight your palate. They have an evening menu that’s very well priced, at €27.99 per person for three courses including drinks.
Direkt Optik – Prime Eyewear
Direkt Optik based in Moraira is an eye specialist in Costa Blanca that carries out all-inclusive eye tests in both English and Spanish. They offer professional services in exams for eye health, eye exams for children as well as eye exams for those over 40.
Their comprehensive eye exams are performed by fully qualified opticians with an extensive background of experience. These exams can evaluate whether your eyes may have any underlying issues that can go unnoticed.
Experts in Ophthalmology in the Costa Blanca
Established in 2008, Direkt Optik is the optician of choice for the locals of Moraira. British owned, they carry out fully comprehensive eye-tests.
If you’re an ex-pat that has relocated to Spain and you’re not confident in the lingo, not to worry! With a multilingual team, Direkt Optik offers its tests in both English and Spanish. The area has a large number of ex-pat residents from Britain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia. As well as many visiting tourists all year round.
Direkt Optik offers a wide range of visual health services, such as providing prescription glasses, contact lenses, designer sunglasses and eye care products.
Make sure to take advantage of our 3 for 1 offer. With over 700 frame models to choose from, there is surely a style to fit your taste.
Eye exams are essential for health maintenance for both adults and children. It’s recommended that everyone has regular eye check-ups to detect early signs of eye disease or other conditions that can affect your vision as well as your overall health. Eye exams are particularly recommended for children, as vision and eye health is a vital part of their learning and development.
Address: Carretera Moraira-Calpe 122
Moraira – 03724 (Alicante)
Telephone: +34 965 745 989
Where to Stay in Moraira
Hotel Swiss Moraira
Hotel Swiss Moraira offers elegant accommodation and is surrounded by green countryside, a 5-minute drive from the beach. The hotel has a terrace and an outdoor swimming pool.
All rooms at Hotel Swiss Moraira are decorated in an elegant rustic style. There’s an on-site restaurant, which serves traditional and avant-garde cuisine using fresh produce.
Alicante Airport is 1 hour’s drive away, and Valencia Airport is 128 km away.
Address: C/ Haya, 175 – 03724 Moraira
Telephone: +34 965 747 104
La Sort Boutique Hotel
This beautiful hotel is located in the centre of Moraira and right in front of the beach, just a minute walk from the sand. It is the best choice for those who want to be right in the centre of the town and enjoy the beach in a modern and renovated atmosphere
For many, this hotel is situated in one of the best locations to enjoy all the charms of Moraira and is especially recommended for trips for two.
Address: Aveniguda de la Paz, 24,
Telephone: +34 966 49 19 49
Hotel Caballito de Mar
If you’re in search of peace and quiet, the Caballito de Mar is situated on one of the hills near the town and within easy driving distance of the beaches and coves of Teulada-Moraira and other nearby towns, such as Benitachell, Calpe and Jávea.
Its spacious gardens and outdoor swimming pools invite those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas to enjoy a relaxing and pleasant stay. Its main highlight is that there are even rooms available by the poolside.
The hotel offers breakfast included and is suitable for couples who decide to make a romantic getaway in an ideal setting. With just nine rooms, you’re in for a zen stay.
Address: C/ de Cantabria 10
Telephone: +34 650 285 800