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Villas in Moraira – great villas in Moraira to rent, Spain

Holiday rental villas in Moraira and the Benissa coast of the Costa Blanca. Our luxury villas in Moraira come with private swimming pools giving you the chance to relax and enjoy your villa holiday.

MORAIRA originally a small fishing village within the municipality of Teulada, has grown into a holiday and retirement resort within the last 25 years. The village centre, with its small and colourful Main Street, still retains much of the original character and atmosphere.

The Local Authority has exerted strong planning control since the beginning and prevented the development characteristic of other Spanish coastal resorts and the terrain, sloping gently from the coast into the pine clad foothills, provides views of the coastline uncluttered with high-rise buildings.

The geographical features provide an almost perfect location as the valley, which descends down to Moraira beach, is the meeting point of several mountain streams which continue to run out to sea, along the side of the beach itself, even during the hottest and driest August weather. Over the millennium these water courses have deposited their rich alluvial soil on the valley bottom which, thanks again to the foresight of the Local Authority, has been designated as Green Belt.

The surrounding hills provide both shelter from the harsh winter weather from the north and a natural vortex for cooling summer sea breezes and Moraira's perfect orientation provides the majority of its properties with a southerly downhill view towards the sea.

The development in the area is almost wholly of detached villas and the typically Spanish "pueblo-style" developments, with few holiday apartments and no 'holiday package' hotels whatsoever. Nearly all of the properties are owned by Northern Europeans, either as retirement or holiday homes. This dictates to some extent the type of holiday maker found in the resort - those attracted here tending to be, in the main, family units since the accommodation available is virtually limited to privately owned villas.

The well spaced individual character of development does mean that the villas are spread over quite a substantial area and a car is a necessity in most areas.

Moraira / Teulada facts and figures:

* Inhabitants: 9.500 Teulada and Moraira. Teulada is the municipality and Moraira the coastal village.
* 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 sandy beaches (Moraira and Portet) and 8km of rocky bays and cliffs. The municipality is notable for its terraced vineyards that produce the sweet Moscatel grape for the local cooperative of San Vicente Ferrer. Used to make the local Moscatel dessert wine.
* 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 organise a Gourmet Festival in the Autumn. Notable restaurants here are the 'La Sort' in the town, 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 childrens 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 Señora 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).

Moraira is a small pretty town along the Costa Blanca, midway between Alicante 80 kms to its south and Valencia 108 kms to its north. Barcelona is 438 kms to the north. Moraira remains one of the most unspoilt resorts on the Costa Blanca, with 8km of beautiful coastline backed by mountains and devoid of high rise buildings. There is a high proportion of expats living there from Northern Europe, and the area is very popular with retirees.

Moraira is known by visitors, not just for its beauty, but for its beautiful villas in the hillsides and restaurant scene, so if you are planning to visit Moraira or any other places along the Costa-Blanca please visit or talk to the team at http://www.villaspain.co.uk/ for a personal villa accommodation service.

Moraira has developed over the years from a small sleepy fishing port to a quality tourist area. There are plenty of things to do in Moraira, from lazing on the beach to water sports.

Here are the 5 most essential things to do in Moraira.

 1) Moraira is well known for its beaches, so if you are planning to visit Moraira then you’ll probably visit the principle beach called l’Ampolla, which is located next to the fortress. The second local beach is  El Portet, located on the north side of the marina. Both are Blue Flag beaches and un-crowded at peak times, cleaned daily and are safe places for families and their children. Full details of the beaches locally.
 2) There are plenty of things which we can do in Moraira on holiday, for which activities include go-karting, fishing, golf, tennis, squash, as well as all other water sports including skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Full details of what sports are on offer locally.
 3) Moraira and the surrounding areas are well known for great restaurants, for which all also serve local fish and delicious Paellas. Varieties of other cuisines are also available and include English, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Moroccan, Indian, Chinese and Thai. So you’re sure to find something to tempt you. For a flavor and list of restaurants in Moraira >>
 4) The Moors and Christians fiesta in Moraira is the most famous festival and take place on the 3rd weekend of June in each year. The Moors and Christians fiesta celebrates the banishing of the Moors from Valencia by the Christians. Local people dress up in their finest costumes and parade through the streets to the music of local bands.  It is very much a party atmosphere and enjoyed by locals and visitors, capped off by a stunning firework display. For a flavor and list of fiestas in Moraira >>
 5) There are plenty of other places in the area to discover and include Javea old Town, Javea old port, as well as Javea itself. The surrounding towns of Denia, Calpe, Benissa and the Jalon Valley are just a 15 min drive away from Moraira and all have something to offer the visitor. Get to enjoy and explore this beautiful area independently by renting an affordable luxury villa. For a flavor and list of what to do in Moraira and the surrounding areas >>

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