Nestled in the eastern coast of Costa Blanca, Spain, Moraira boasts beautiful white sand beaches. This small town is famous among travelers from Germany and the UK, mainly for its family-friendly activities, great shops and restaurants, and clean surroundings. If you are looking for total relaxation, this is a great choice for that mountain and seaside combination that provides soothing days and nights. The town has slowly developed over the years from a small fishing port to a well-known tourist area. Moraira is 75 km (46 mi) from Alicante Airport and around 120 km (74.5 mi) from Valencia Airport, making it accessible from both airports, with an approximate 50-minute drive from either one. Check out our top things to do in Moraira, Spain below and maybe add them to your bucket list.
1. Feel like royalty at Castillo de Moraira
Have you ever been to a fortress built in stone? Are you looking for a place to mark your first day in Moraira? If the answer is no and yes respectively, well, this beautiful 18th century castle should definitely be on your list. It was built to protect the town against the Barbary pirate attacks in the 16th century. Join a professional guided tour or go by yourself and take in the fresh air. Bonus: the castle is located near the coast.
Castillo de Moraira
Address: Calle Castillo, s/n, 03724 Moraira, Alicante, Spain
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)
2. Create sandcastles and sand angels at Playa del Portet
Known as the most picturesque beach in Moraira, Playa del Portet boasts soft, white sands and shallow waters that delivers a relaxing ambience for both tourists and locals. There are many beautiful villas in Moraira that overlook the beach and the Mediterranean. This spot has everything you need for a nice day out, such as clean facilities, lifeguards, and restaurants accompanied by spectacular views.
Playa del Portet
Address: Calle Puerto de Sta. Cruz, 4-10, 03724 Teulada, Spain, Alicante, Spain
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
3. Enjoy a night out at Saxo Disco Garden
While you’re on holiday, you might want to go to places you would never dream of at home, so try going to a nightclub or a disco. However, make sure to look for a “discoteca” and not a “club” or “pub”, as locals might think you’re looking for a brothel for your night out. Chill out at Saxo Disco Garden that offers a garden chill-out zone, outdoor terrace, and live music. This is the place to be while you’re in the area, and it ensures you’ll have a fun time dancing to music by Saxo’s resident DJ, Juanjo Lopez. Not only is this place popular with tourists, but locals also come here to have a great night.
Saxo Disco Garden
Address: Carretera Moraira-Calpe, 03724, Moraira, Alicante, Spain
Website: Saxo Disco Garden
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 5pm - 6am (closed on Tue)
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4. Wander in the natural enclaves of La Cova de les Rates
Considered a wildlife reserve by the Department of Territory and Housing, La Cova de les Rates is a large cave located in the Cap d’Or and formed due to the erosion of the water on the rocks. Access to the cave is only through the sea, and you will find different species of bats, such as the gray buzzard bat or cave bat inside.
La Cova de les Rates
Address: Cap d'Or de Moraira, Spain
5. Take a side trip to a toy museum in Denia
The museum showcases the toy production in Dénia from the early 20th century to the 60’s. Take in a little bit of history, as this museum was built on a former train station, and there are two rooms that display various toys. One is a thematic exhibition that shows a collection from the Sauquillo and Ferchen factories, and the other is an extensive display from the years 1904 to 1960, where you will see pedal cars that are the jewels of the museum.
Denia's Toy Museum
Address: Carrer Calderón, 2, 03700 Dénia, Alicante, Spain
Website: Toy Museum
Opening hours: 10am - 1am, 5pm - 8pm (daily)
6. Shop around Moraira Market
One of the main to-dos when on vacation is to go around town and shop for souvenirs or items you want to take home with you. Open every Friday, the local market in Moraira has over 150 stalls that sell fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, clothing, leather goods, household goods, and furnishings. Whether you’re staying for a night, a week, or a month, you can get your daily fix and shopping needs here.
Address: Town Center parking, next to Avenida Madrid and the municipal sports center, Moraira, Spain
Opening hours: Fri: 8:30am - 2:30pm (closed from Sat - Thu)
7. Drive like a racer at AV Karting
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If excitement and thrill is more up your alley, why not try driving or racing in karts? AV Karting was created by the father of Formula 1, Adrián Vallés - he himself spent his childhood among tires and helmets. You can go karting on your own or with your family, and enjoy fast and thrilling rides on the tracks.
AV Karting - Kart Center
Address: Ctra. Teulada - Moraira km. 3, 03725 Teulada, Spain, Alicante, Spain
Website: AV Karting
Opening hours: 10am - 1:30am
Price: from 29 USD
What’s better than an ordinary vacation? A zoo and a water park combined! Terra Natura has two parks in the same area, and offers tickets for one park or both to get the whole experience. The animal park allows you to see around 1,500 animals in 200 different species, while the water park features a large swimming pool complete with slides and flumes, as well as a sea lion show where you can even swim with sea lions.
Benidorm: Terra Natura Theme Park 1-Day Tickets
9. Wine and dine at Kosta Restaurant
Fantastic place with very attentive staff and a very welcoming attitude, can’t wait to go back!Posted by Marlon Medway on Wednesday, 7 August 2019
International cuisine and outstanding service make Kosta one of Moraira’s best restaurants. If you have never indulged in Mediterranean cuisine, pin this eatery to your itinerary, as they offer a pleasant experience. Try their fillet steaks and pumpkin soup. They also offer some house wine and champagne, plus a variety of desserts such as parfait, ice cream, and pudding. This place has an intimate atmosphere that will allow you to relax after a busy day of tours. The reviews are no joke - visitors note that the staff is very friendly and that they truly give fabulous service along with their affordable menu.
Address: Calle Mulhacén, 7, Rada De Moraira, Valenciana, Spain
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12:30pm - 3:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm (closed on Mon)
10. Hike to the watchtower at the top of Torre Vigia Cap d'Or
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Pack your sunscreen, hat, and a whole lot of determination before heading out to Torre Vigia Cap d'Or. This beautiful place boasts amazing views from the top, yet it has rough rock paths that will make the hike difficult for visitors who are immobile. Make sure to choose the perfect day and time to visit for a clearer view. Also, don’t forget to carry a bottle of water with you and wear walking boots or sturdy shoes when you hike. You can park closer to the entrance of the path, and it will take around 30 to 45 minutes to reach the top depending on your rest stops.
Create new memories in Moraira
A trip to Moraira is definitely filled with excitement and relaxation thanks to all of the activities mentioned above. Go beyond their landscapes and discover new pieces of culture and history from their museums and heritage sites. Make your way to the beautiful Costa Blanca and create great travel experiences from this list of things to do. From ravishing ocean views to thrilling parks, Moraira truly delivers.
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