Moraira is a small, pretty town on the Costa Blanca coast, half-way between Alicante and Valencia.
Moraira is set at the end of a small valley, and enjoys an enviable position between the cultivated muscatel grape vines and the L'Ampolla beach, the largest blue flag beach in the area.
Growing from a small fishing village to a very attractive and charming holiday resort, attracting visitors from all over the world, with its impressive marina, an excellent variety of local shops, weekly open markets, and many restaurants and bars still retaining their Spanish character.
Moraira has a 1 mile race in July coinciding with the Moors and Christians festival, organised by the local running club.
Starting and finishing in the centre of Moraira, the length of the races range from 400m for the younger runners, to 800m and the 1 mile.
You can take a scenic walk in Moraira from El Portet (a local beach) to the Cap d'Or, with many photographic opportunities along the way. From here you can see the Penon de Ifach rock at Calpe and beyond to Benidorm.
Despite the advance of tourism, Moraira has not lost any of its Moorish charm. The Moorish influence can be seen today in the buildings, architecture throughout Moraira, with many of the local area names of Moraira coming from the Moorish language.
The Moors were expelled in the 13th century by the Catalunya, who introduced the Valenciana language, which is much in evidence today alongside the Castillian which most Spanish speak.
Barbary pirates raided much of the coast in the 16th century. Teulada became fortified and a lookout tower was built on the Cap d’Or, overlooking Moraira. The Torre del Cap d'Or, which can be seen from Casa Salvador, enjoys breath taking views across Moraira.
The Moors and Christians festival firework display is without doubt the best you will ever see. Depicting an invasion by the Moors, fireworks are fired across the water into the sea and then explode out of the sea.