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Blanca Cars - Car Hire Costa Blanca - have chosen this great list of Things to do and Places to Visit in Moraira, Spain - including Playa El Portet, Moraira Friday market, Moraira Castle, Saxo Disco Garden, AV Karting, Brevis Mini Golf & Family Park, Ziba Active, Play de L'Ampolla, Oceana Club, and Torre Vigia Cap d'Or.
7th December 2023
Moraira is one of the most family-friendly beach towns between Benidorm and Valencia.
Moraira has a small population of 14,000 – but with stunning coves, beachfront bars and an enchanting old town it’s one of Alicante’s most popular expat towns. Here are 10 amazing things to do in Moraira for you, your family and your loved ones.
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Moraira is located in the beautiful, mountainous region of the Marina Alta. It’s approx. 90km both from Alicante Airport to the south and Valencia airport to the north.
Moraira is known across Spain for its quiet, relaxing atmosphere, beautiful and unspoilt scenery and some of the most sought-after beaches on the Costa Blanca.
Moraria is affectionately known as the “Valencian Golden Mile of the Housing Market” due to its desirable location fetching the highest land prices in the whole Valencian Community. Houses in Moraira cost an average of €2,824 per m2 – that’s double the Valencian Community average and well above regional capitals of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon.
Many celebrities own homes in Moraira or holiday in the municipality. Former England manager Sam Alladyce owns a house in Moraira just around the corner from boxing champion Chris Eubank, as did the late Honor Blackman.
One source also claims that Madonna owns a house in the cove of El Portet, but rarely uses it. Eastenders actor Danny Dyer has also been known to visit Moraira for his holidays, while actor Bruce Willis and Superman star Henry Cavill have been spotted in Moraira while filming The Cold Light of Day.
If celebrity spotting isn’t your thing – don’t worry as we still have a list of 10 amazing things to do in Moraira!
10 things to do in Moraira
1. Playa El Portet
Known to thousands of holidaymakers as the best beach in Moraira, El Portet is a quiet cove a few minutes drive from Moraira old town.
El Portet has many cafes and restaurants to let you relax while taking in the breathtaking views. Walking into the mediterranean sea you’ll find a sandy beach (not always common on the rocky Costa Blanca) as well as warm and crystal-clear waters. During peak season (July and August) there is a lifeguard on duty.
Due to the popularity of El Portet, parking can be difficult. You will need to arrive there at 8am or catch the little tourist train which costs 4€.
2. Moraira Friday Market
You cannot visit Moraira without experiencing the hustle and bustle of market day!
Held each Friday, you’ll find stalls selling everything from fruit and veg, pick ‘n’ mix style sweets, different cheeses, handbags, jewellery, bed linen and hardwear.
As the market is held in the biggest car park in Moraira, parking can sometimes be a bit of an issue, however you are sure to find a space in the streets leading towards the market.
Don’t forget to try churros con chocolate or locally made horchata while you’re there!
3. Moraira Castle
You can’t miss Moraira’s charming castle – it’s right on the beach and is the central landmark of Moraira.
The castle was built in the 18th century, and remains well preserved and easily accessible to all. There is a brief history of the castle right next to it which you can read while bathing in panoramic views over Calpe's Penyon d’Ifach headland.
You will undoubtedly see people using the castle as a backdrop for photo opportunities and it is a prime sun-bathing spot. There are many bars and restaurants close to the castle making it a lovely place to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Official website: https://www.comunitatvalenciana.com/en/alacant-alicante/teulada-moraira/monuments/moraira-castle
4. Saxo Disco Garden
Located on the Moraira-Calpe road, but still walking distance from Moraira old town, you will find Saxo Disco Garden.
This beautiful location is known as the home of live music and entertainment in Moraira. There is no charge to enter Saxo but they do request that you buy a drink while you watch the entertainment put on for your enjoyment.
Saxo has plenty of outdoor seating in the sun and an indoor bar should the weather take a turn for the worse. Enjoy an extensive cocktail menu and good food should you get peckish.
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5. AV Karting
If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re after, then you’ll definitely find it here at AV Karting by Adrián Vallés. Here you can enjoy speed and racing with your family and friends.
There are four categories of karts to choose from, so every member of the family will be able to take part. If you would rather have a cold drink and watch everybody else speed around the track you can do this from their terrace, from which you have a great view of the circuit.
There’s also a billiards room, a games room and bar service. With ample parking there should be no trouble finding somewhere to leave your car. It takes approximately 11 minutes to reach here by car from the centre of Moraira. Prices depend on the type of kart you race, you can find this and much more by visiting their website.
Official website: http://www.avkartingmoraira.com/
6. Restaurante Brevis Mini Golf
If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves wonderful food and also a mini golf course to entertain the children (and adults!) then Brevis is the perfect combination of the two!
The restaurant serves something for everyone's taste, but the best aspect for families is letting the children loose in the playground – there’s a bouncy castle, a soft play area and a mini golf course.
Restaurante Brevis is only 5 minutes by car from the centre of Moraira.
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Ziba.Active offers unique Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and SUPYAK (like a kayak) tours around the beautiful coastline surrounding Moraira.
If that’s not your thing then Ziba.Active might still have something else for you: walking tours, SUP/SupYak tours, or a combination of both. This is your chance to experience something beautiful, different, active and to create wonderful memories of magical Moraira.
Ziba.Active isn’t far from Moraira beach, their address and contact number is on their website below.
Official website: https://ziba.life/
8. Playa de L’Ampolla
The most well known of Moraira’s beaches, Playa de L’Ampolla is a small sandy beach with rocks off to one side that are a suntrap if you’re looking to work on your tan!
The water is clear and shallow with plenty of fish to be seen, so it’s well worth buying a mask and snorkel from one of the beach shops to get a better view.
There is a beachfront cafe selling everything from meals to beach snacks and drinks. This beach fills up quickly during summer months and so does the adjacent parking lot so be sure to arrive early!
9. Oceana Club Lounge and Bar
“Arrive as guests, leave as friends” is the motto that the owners of Oceana Club Franco and Jody stand by.
With breathtaking views, mouthwatering food and wonderful cocktails, your visit here will be one to remember.
Oceana Club caters for all ages so that everybody is guaranteed a good time. It only takes 15 minutes by car from the centre of Moraira.
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10. Torre Vigia Cap d’Or
If you enjoy wonderful views and walks, then this hiking trail will be well worth the effort.
The hike is best done in the early morning as it can get very hot up there during the day. It's a reasonably tough climb initially, however once over the initial edge it's a lovely winding path to the tower. In spring there is an abundance of wild flowers, lavender, rosemary, aloe vera and too many others to name. The views are stunning – and along one section there’s nothing except you, the wildflowers and the Mediterranean sea.
Watchtowers like the Torre Vigia Cap d’Or are common along this stretch of the Costa Blanca. Hundreds of years ago, they were manned with lookouts to alert townspeople of Barbary pirate attacks.
Unfortunately the hike is something the little’uns or those with poor health might have to sit out, as the trail is rocky and steep at times.
If you park at the beach in Moraira and walk across the front of town to El Portet, up the stone stairs and up through the beautiful Spanish villas you can join the trail at the end of the road. The return trip is about 7km. If you park at the beginning of the path it's only about 3km.
Wikiloc route: https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-senderismo/sl-cv-51-torre-del-cap-dor-y-cova-de-les-cendres-moraira-65284347
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