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If you are looking for a peaceful retirement location with luxurious surroundings, you need look no further than Moraira. Moraira is one of the most exclusive Costa Blanca resorts, situated between Calpe and Javea. You will find a large selection of properties within easy reach of several golf courses, beautiful sandy beaches and plenty of other attractions to enjoy.
Teulada-Moraira is the town’s actual name; Teulada is inland at the top of a hillside, and here you will find the majority of the offices, banks and shops where local people go to work each day. Moraira refers to the beach area and port which is where many expats and tourists gather; here you will also find plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, and a stylish marina.
Things to do and places to visit in Moraira
Whether you are staying in Moraira or Teuleda, Teuleda should be visited during the afternoon. This gives you an opportunity to wander around the narrow shady streets and get some relief from the hot summer sunshine under the shade of pine and olive trees which are typical of the region.
A street market is held in Teuleda every Wednesday, and you can pick up a wide variety of bargains including leather and lace handcrafted goods and local produce. On Friday the market is held in Moraira, near the port.
The beach at Moraira is very family-friendly, with a park where children can play located nearby. There are water sports available including water skiing, parasailing and jet skiing. Moraira has a beautiful small cove known as El Portet. This is an idyllic spot for an afternoon of peaceful sunbathing and swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Generally a very tranquil and upmarket resort, there is one time of the year that Moraira becomes rowdy, which is the 3rd weekend in June when the annual Moors and Christians fiesta takes place. During the week-long celebrations there are spectacular parades and staged shows depicting the battles between the enemies.
The fiesta comes to an end with an open air concert when both professional performers and local children delight spectators with their acts.
For those who want to enjoy live music at other times of the year, the town has a number of live music bars alongside British style pubs with pub quizzes, karaoke and sports shown on big screen TVs. Many of the restaurants offer live entertainment, though this is mainly in the summer season and the Teulada-Moraira town hall is keen to promote music and cultural events throughout the year.
As Moraira is situated just 40 minutes drive from Benidorm, it is within easy distance to enjoy the hustle and bustle of a much livelier resort or a visit to one of Benidorm’s theme parks. Benidorm has four impressive theme parks, namely Terra Natura, Mundomar, Terra Mitica, and Aqualandia.
Just about any resort on the Costa Blanca will please golfers due to the close proximity of a range of courses, and Moraira is no exception. Even without hiring a car you can enjoy a game of golf in Moraira, as the Club de Golf Ifach is just 2.5 miles away.
Getting to Moraira from the Airport
You could reach Moraira from Alicante, Valencia or Murcia Airport, but Alicante is the nearest at around 60 miles away. So it is an accessible town, which is very important if you relocate. See this article for more insights on accessibility. If you are visiting to appraise the area, hiring a car is probably the best solution to make your way to your Moraira accommodation as you can then use it to explore neighboring towns and villages during your stay. If you are simply taking a break, you can take a bus or use a private shuttle service.
Teulada-Moraira offers one of the best climates in Spain, as you can enjoy warm sunny days for the best part of the year. During the cooler winter months, temperatures may drop to around 11°C, but colder weather is rare and rainy days are few.
Moraira for Expats
Moraira has a high percentage of expats, mainly British and as a newcomer to the area, you would have a decent chance of earning a living if you have a skill set such as gardening, carpentry, or as a general handyman; as property owners are always in need of certain maintenance services, and many prefer to deal with someone who speaks their language. However, you would probably need to travel and advertise your services further afield to have a large-enough customer base for all-year-round financial survival.
The younger generation will likely possibly be able to pick up work in clubs and bars during the summer season, but work will certainly be short-term, and with so many Spanish unemployed foreigners should be prepared for disappointment if searching for this type of work in smaller resort towns in Spain.
Now The Bit Lots of Agents Won’t Tell You
Moraira is a beautiful little town, there is no doubt about that. However, what most agents won’t tell you, is that it can get extremely quiet during the winter. This is fine if you have a partner, friends or family around, or if you are a person who loves solitude and quiet, but some people do find it a little too tranquil, and find themselves driving to nearby Javea or Calpe for little more winter action.
Perhaps the best advice we can give is that Moraira is a town more suited to those who do not need to work, or who can earn a living working online, rather than someone looking to relocate who will need to find employment to sustain them for the entire year.