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Moraira is a pretty small town on the northern Costa Blanca, just a few miles from Javea. Only 40 years ago Moraira was not more than a few fishermens houses along the sea front. Although an expensive new marina and some holiday urbanisations have since been constructed, the town has still retained its quaint charm.

Relics discovered nearby, in a cave on the Cap d Or suggest that the region was inhabited as long ago as the Paleolithic era (over 15,000 years ago). In the early 16th century, Moorish pirates often attacked the local coastline and as a result, the Torre del Cap d Or (a watchtower) plus Moraira Fortress were built as part of the local defenses.

Moraira beaches have nice sand and clear water and some of them have also been given the European Blue Flag. The towns main beach, the Platja de L Ampolla, is within strolling distance of Moraira centre but it can get very busy during the high season. A short distance south is the fine beach of the Platgetes which is lined by a esplanade. The Platja del Portet, found just north of the yacht marina, has beautiful fine sand, plus there are a number of pavement bars and cafes.

There are a few picturesque bays along the Moraira coast, some of which are very rocky, making them perfect for scuba or snorkeling. One of the best coves is the Cala Punta Estrella, which can be accessed via the steps cut into the cliff face. There are several more concealed beaches and coves up the coast highway towards Calpe, like the Cala Advocat and the Cala Andrago, which has a nice restaurant right by the ocean. Moraira marina is located right by the town centre and has over 600 boat berths, plus a sailing academy, yacht club and quality restaurant. There is a fresh fish auction in the marina each morning, that is well worth a visit.

Moraira has a good selection of restaurants offering a variety of fare, including Italian, Chinese, international and Indian. There is also a very good selection of restaurants, especially in the town square, where you can get more traditional Spanish cuisine like paella or tapas. Live evening entertainment is held at many local hotels or bars, especially during the peak season, plus there is one dance club in Moraira, the Costa Sur, which even has foam party nights.

Each Friday there is a street market in the town car park, and if you enjoy a spot of bargain hunting try the market each Wednesday in close by Teulada.

Moraira fiesta takes place in July in honour of the Virgen del Carmen and Virgen de los Desamparados and is marked by a collection of colourful processions, local games and competitions. Another popular festival is the old Moors and Christians fiesta in June, which celebrates the final Christian victory over the Moors nearly 700 years ago. Many of the locals dress up in costume and then re-enact the battles on the beach, L Ampolla.
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