Information & Facts
Moraira's lovely beaches offer plenty of fun in the sun, with a
wealth of watersports available. Local leisure facilities include
golf courses and other sports like tennis and squash. Several day
excursions are on offer to places of interest, like the
mountain-top fortress of Guadalest, Europe's largest palm forest,
and the nearby ancient city of Murcia. Families enjoy the Moraira
go-kart track, or an outing to the Aqualandia water theme park near
the large resort of Benidorm.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
There are no huge nightclubs or discos in Moraira and the
clubbing scene is fairly low key when compared with other Spanish
beach resorts in the Costa Blanca region, those looking for a
clubbing scene should consider this before booking a holiday.
The nightlife of Moraira would be considered sedate compared to
some of the larger and flashier Spanish resorts, but the town
buzzes happily after dark. Most of the restaurants offer live
entertainment of some description, including flamenco dancing and
karaoke, and there are one or two open-air dance venues. The main
club for youngsters is the Costa Sur, just outside of town, which
offers a range of entertaining evenings with foam parties,
striptease and the like. Other Moraira nightlife options include
Saxo Disco and the music pumping Algas Beach Bar. Those who holiday
in Moraira during the months of April, June, July and November will
catch the lively local fiestas full of local colour and tradition.
Calatalud Drive in the old town is generally closed off during
summer and fiesta nights.
Moraira restaurants that come highly recommended include Bajul,
La Luna Restaurant, Rondo and Le Dauphin. Despite being relatively
small, central Moraira is equipped with numerous good quality
restaurants, several of them Michelin starred, offering great value
for money. Being a fishing community with an active fishing fleet
that brings home a catch each day it follows that fresh seafood
forms the base of the local cuisine, and many of Moraira's
restaurants offer this in delicious abundance.
For a budget meal look out for the 'menu del dia' (menu of the
day) offered by many restaurants, usually consisting of different
courses with wine and coffee for a set price. 'Workman's specials'
also feature on some menus, offering good value. Most Spanish bars
serve Tapas selections during the day, good for a satisfying local
snack meal. Those with diverse tastes will find a variety of
international cuisines among the local establishments, from English
fish and chips to Greek delights, and Indian curry to pizza.
There are no large supermarkets and shopping malls within the
confines of the holiday resort of Moraira itself, but these can be
found not far away in the approaches to the town and surrounding
suburbs. In the main avenues of old Moraira, shoppers are well
catered for with all manner of boutique stores selling local arts
and crafts, souvenirs, holiday gear and bric-a-brac. The most fun
to be had shopping, though, is at the Friday weekly market where
the wares range from fresh fruit to leather goods, pottery and
rugs. Good buys are wicker furniture, handbags and wrought iron
objects. Serious shoppers can make expeditions to the larger
resorts and towns nearby. The street market in Teulada, a few miles
inland, is worth a visit.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).