All about Moraira

All About - MORAIRA

All about Moraira - Moraira is small coastal town situated in the beautiful mountainous north-eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. The resort is conveniently placed between the airports of Alicante and Valencia (about 90km from each).  About 45 mins drive from Benidorm (42km)

The surrounding region has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with beautiful and unspoilt scenery and many small villages to explore.

The town itself has pleasantly grown from a small fishing village to an attractive holiday and retirement resort, retaining its considerable charm that attracts visitors from all over Europe. It’s also particularly popular with Spanish holidaymakers from Madrid and Valencia.

Moraira has an impressive marina, an excellent variety of local shops, markets, harbourside fish restaurants and bars and best of all has still managed to preserve its Spanish character.

All about Moraira

Beaches
The two main local sandy beaches, gently shelve away into the Mediterranean Sea; both have been awarded the prestigious EEC Blue Flags for cleanliness and are well-tended and very safe for family bathing.

Photo by Tracey Billing

All About MORAIRA

Eating out
Moraira offers plenty of good quality restaurants, including eight Michelin recommended restaurants in the immediate area, three of which are star rated and not too expensive.

Markets
If you like open markets then, aside from the weekly Friday market held next to the beach, you could plan a visit evey day of the week to the various markets held in neighbouring towns and villages.

Apart from enjoying the buzzing Spanish activity, you can buy some excellent, cheap fresh fruit and vegetables, local specialities, herbs and spices, leather goods, clothes, rugs, fresh and silk flowers, souvenirs, pottery and a whole variety of other goods.

Fiestas
As in all of Spain there are numerous fiestas (festivals) held throughout the year in the region; with specific festivals held in April, June, July and November in Moraira itself, and Moriara Music Festival which is held every June and attracts thousands of people from all over the area.

Moraira Music Festival 11th June 2023

Moraira Music Festival 2023

Moraira Moors and Christians Festival 2023 

Friday, June 2 19:30 Opening Andalusian Medieval Market.

Saturday, June 10 - 12:00 Concentration of Moors and Christians in the Urban Forest and preparation of the brotherhood meal. All enlivened by the charanga Bataclán de Xaló.

Sunday, June 11 - 18:00 International Festival.

Monday, June 12 - 20: 00 Concert of the British Choir in the Parish of Moraira.

Wednesday, June 14 19:30 Proclamation of parties. by Silvia Tatnell. Next, the awards ceremony of the XXII Drawing Contest will be held, organized by the Central Board and in collaboration with the AMPA of the CEIP Cap d'Or of Moraira and the AMPA of the CEIP Sant Vicent Ferrer de Teulada. At the end of the event, CONCERT of the Colla el Falçó, Associació de Dolçainers i Tabaleters de Teulada in the c / Doctor Calatayud.

Thursday, June 15 21: 00 BROTHERHOOD DINNER in c / Dénia, enlivened by Javi Mas.

Friday, June 16

13:00h — Concentration of the Christian Bando in the Fortí and Bando Moro in the pergola of the Paseo del Senillar and parade accompanied by brass bands.

14:00h — Arquebus shot on the Esplanade of the Castle.

19:15h — Offering of flowers in honour of the Holy Christ of Moraira in the Hermitage of the Castle. At the end of the event, interpretation of march "Ofrena al Castell" composed by Rafa Soriano, dedicated to the Central Board of Moors and Christians of Moraira and especially to its president, Carla Beltrán. This march will be performed by all bands under the direction of Montserrat Tro Peris.

23:00h — Moorish Conquest at La Ampolla Beach, followed by the Moorish Embassy and Conquest of Moraira Castle. Then, captaincy night.

Saturday, June 17

08:00h — General awakening with arquebuses and brass band.

11:00h — Concentration of all the rows in the Fortí and parade with pennants.

12:00h — Mass in honour of the Holy Christ in the Parish of Moraira and parade.

13:00h — Arquebus shot on the Esplanade of the Castle and informal parade of rows.

19:30h — Parade of the Moorish and Christian sides to the beach.

20:00h — Christian Reconquest on the beach of La Ampolla. Assault on the Castle of Moraira by the Christian side followed by the Christian Embassy and Reconquest of the Castle.

00:00h — Popular Retreta from Fortí. Then Night of Cabals with the performance of the AVALANXA orchestra on Avenida del Portet.

Sunday, June 18

08:00h — General awakening with arquebuses.

12: 00h — Concentration of the Moorish Bando in the Fortí and Christian Bando in the pergola of Paseo del Senillar and parade accompanied by brass bands.

12:30h — Arquebus shot on the Esplanade of the Castle.

19:00h — Entrance of Music Bands from the Castle to the Fortí.

20:00h — Grand Gala Parade of the Moorish and Christian Sides.

All about Moraira

Getting to Moraira from Benidorm 

Car - Take the N332 for the most scenic journey

Bus - Take the ALSA bus to Calpe, 40mins around 3 - 6€, runs 4 times a day, then from Calpe to Moraira take the local Autobuses Ifach 18 mins, this only runs twice a day.

Taxi - average price 50€ 65€ each way

Train - Local train to Teulada (hourly), then onto Moraira (twice a day) cost around 5 - 7€

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Photos from Benidorm Seriously Group Members

David Elsworth

All About MORAIRA

David Elsworth - Playa El Portet, Moraira

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Tracey Billing 

Moraira castle

Photo by Tracey Billing

All about Moraira

Photo by Tracey Billing 

Photo by Tracey Billing 

Photo by William Mccurdy

Photo by William Mccurdy

Photo by William Mccurdy

Moraira Bull Run, part of the Fiestas of Sant Jaume, normally takes place during the last week in July

Moraira bull run

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