Lazy days on the beach
The town has two main beaches, which in comparison to other resorts along the coast might seem like a small figure. Bear in mind, however, that there aren't as many tourists here as in other resorts. Plus, both are accredited with Blue Flag status by the EU, signalling the quality of the facilities on offer and the cleanliness of the shoreline. A clutch of rocky coves are ideal for enthusiastic snorkelers and scuba divers who wish to don their masks and become acquainted with wildlife beneath the waves.
There's something about the energetic atmosphere of a local market in a rural Spanish town that can't be replicated elsewhere. Moraira's Friday bazaar by the beach is a great example. If your Costa Blanca holidays don't cover that particular day, it's possible to make a short trip to the neighbouring villages and stock up on all manner of Spanish souvenirs, from pottery to patchwork quilts, spices to home-grown vegetables. Those looking to get their dose of retail therapy won't be disappointed in Moraira and its surrounding area.
Exploring futher afield
As well as checking out the various nearby markets, Moraira is also the perfect jumping-off point for all sorts of attractions in the surrounding area. Altea, Calpe, Denia and Javea are all slightly bigger than Moraira, each with their own individual charm and each located within easy reach. The party hotspot of Benidorm is roughly a 30-minute drive away, while longer day trips can take you to a whole range of different sights.
The Vergel Safari Park near Denia is more of a zoo than a legitimate safari, but it does rescue and rehabilitate its animals from captivity and trafficking situations. You can expect to see such varied beasts as bears, dingoes, lions, panthers, tigers, ostriches and more. There's also the largest palm forest in Europe waiting to be explored in Elche, boasting more than 200,000 specimens.
Meanwhile, those with a head for heights can head up the winding roads to Guadalest, a tiny village perched right at the apex of a granite mountain. They don't call it the Eagle's Nest for nothing. Finally, the ancient town of Murcia features one of the most interesting cathedrals you're likely to see on a Costa Blanca holiday, combining a hodgepodge of different architectural styles, including Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance.
It's no surprise that the cuisine in Moraira is slightly more international than some other parts of the country. What may come as a surprise is the number of top-quality restaurants in the area – food is both a delicate science and a fine art in this town. With no fewer than three Michelin-starred eateries and five more recommended by the gourmet guide, foodies will be in their element in Moraira. Prices might be slightly higher than some other locations on the coast, but for the quality on offer it's the very definition of a bargain.
Quality leisure time
Although Moraira attracts a fair number of retirees, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to do here – in fact, it's quite the opposite. Any number of sports can be enjoyed here, including football, squash, tennis, horse-riding, go-karting and all manner of water sports. Golf enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with three excellent courses all within easy reach of the town, while there's also a small fairground to keep the little ones happy. And when the sun goes down, the town keeps buzzing with a handful of atmospheric and enjoyable bars and pubs.