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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).

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