history, gastronomy, sports and fiestas
The small coastal town of Moraira is part of
Teulada municipality and lies along the coast road from Calpe and next to Benissa. With
few hotels and package holidays it is notable for it's tranquility, with quiet urban
streets and a relatively new sports harbour and yacht club.
town has two blue flag sand beaches, one beside Moraira and the second along the coast
road at Portet that are ideal for family bathing and watersports. Moraira has on average
over 320 sunny days a year making it an all year round destination, with the beautiful
Marina, and many shops and restaurants.
Moraira is known as a centre of gastronomy on
the Costa Blanca and has a number of fine international restaurants such as the "D'Gust" in the port and the "Dauphin" in Portet that organize a Gourmet
Festival in autumn with invited famous international chefs (our Moraira restaurant reviews). Apart from
this, of course you still have the fine traditional Valencian cuisine based on rice dishes
such as Paella and Arroz a la Banda.
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The fiesta calendar includes the Moscatel
Fiesta in September, the Moors and Christians in the second week of June and San Vicente
Ferrer after Easter with a procession, bull running and firework display.
Moraira/Teulada facts and figures:
Inhabitants: 9.500 Teulada and Moraira.
Teulada is the municipality and Moraira the coastal vallage.
Access: Motorway A7 exit 63 Benissa.
National N332 Valencia, Calpe, Alicante, Altea - Alicante. Alicante airport "El Altet" 59km.
Nature: Moraira is situated beside the sea
with two sand beaches (Moraira and Portet) and 8km of rocky bays and cliffs. The
municipality is notable for it's terraced vineyards that produce the sweet Moscatel grape
for the local cooperative of San Vicente Ferrer. Used to make the local Moscatel dessert
Restaurants and Specialities: The typical
Valencia, Calpe, Alicante, Altean rice dishes like Paella and Arroz a Banda in the Moraira seafront restaurants
(try El Meson) and Teulada town. Moraira also has a number of prestigious restaurants
serving international cuisine that organize a Gourmet Festival in the Autumn. Notable
restaurants here are the La Sort in the town, the Girasol on the Moraira-Calpe road km
1.5, and the Dauphin with French "nouvelle cuisine" on Portet beach.
Sports: Golf - Club de Golf Ifach. Panoramic
sea views from the clubhouse. 3406m, 9 holes, par 60. Urbanizacion San Jaime. Sailing -
Moraira Sports Harbour and Yacht Club with 620 berths, sailing school, repair yard, shops,
etc. Mountain Walking - The "Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers". Twice a week with
an easier walk on Saturday.
Fiesta calendar: January 5th - The Three
Kings. Arrival of the three kings with the children's presents. February 3rd - Fiesta de
la Dama. Cakes shaped after the female figure. First Monday after Easter Monday - San
Vicente Ferrer, Patron Saint of Teulada, bull running, firework display and processions.
Second weekend in June - Moors and Christians parade. 15th/16th July - Nuestra Seņora de
los Desamparados y La Virgen Carmen. First Saturday in September - Moscatel fiesta in
Teulada with a competition for the best bunch of grapes. Autumn - International Gourmet
Festival. 24th November - Santa Catalina and the Cultural Week.
History and Culture: Teulada was
founded in 1386 after the Christian reconquest and was the property of the Marqueses of
Ariza and the Dukes of Gandia among others until it passed to the crown in the 19th
century. The evangelical Dominican, San Vicente Ferrer regularly visited the town at the
start of the 15th century and became it's patron saint aswell as giving his name to many
Marina Alta streets. The Portet Cap d'Or watchtower was built in the 16th Century to warn
the town against Barbary pirates and later Moraira village was fortified with a seafront
tower being built (still standing and recently renovated).