An old fishing town on Spain's Costa Blanca against a backdrop of mountains, Moraira is a picturesque destination for a family holiday. You will find a combination of sandy and rocky beaches alternating with intriguing coves, and the climate is a sunny but temperate one. If you are looking for water sports, head for Portet Cove which was originally a safe haven for ships. It is within walking distance of the lookout tower near the Cap d'Or, from where there are spectacular views of the coastline. Don't miss the eighteenth century castle, right by the shore. Golf lovers will be pleased to know that Moraira has three golf courses. As well as spending time on the beach, you can enjoy a boat trip and admire the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. On your return, choose from a delightful array of restaurants along the shore.
Restaurants in Moraira
4.5 based on 249 reviews
It’s a bit of a drive down through the large Combre del Sol urbanisation and mid December the whole area was completely deserted - the car brakes were complaining when we reached the beach parking area! The beach itself is definitely not worth the effort - there are far better places to have a safe swim on a sandy beach - the sea slopes away quickly, beach is unattractive and there’s no life guard station. However, what made the trip worth it for me was the sea cave with view point overhead - it was relaxing to watch the sea burst through the narrow entrance and crash against the inlet. The cliff path just up the road from the beach leads to Cala de Llabeig and takes around an hour - not sure of the difficulty but I’ve walked there from the other Combre del Sol trail (see my other review) which is not for the faint hearted!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
I've been coming to Calpe for 40 years - and this year I resolved to climb the rock - which I did on Christmas day. There are some sections that are not for the faint hearted - and I can only agree with the warnings to wear proper walking footwear - it's slippy in places with many parts of the "path" being just a scramble over sharp rocks with a precipitous drop beneath you. All that having been said, the view from the top is worth the effort.
4 based on 19 reviews
Situated in a back street near to the main "high street" of Teulada this bar cum restaurant is very popular with locals - especially the ex-pat community. It offers a set menu, with several choices within and comprising various nibbles, followed by the usual three courses, as much wine as you can drink, coffee included as well as a farewell aperitif. All for €14.00. The food is acceptable but in terms of value for money - simply incredible.
4.5 based on 539 reviews
This is a beautiful little beach about a mile away from the centre of Moraira, but with a nice private feel to it. The cove is a bit warmer than surrounding areas as it is sheltered from the wind. It has a variety of restaurants and cafes; but parking can be a problem on days when it is crowded. There is a tourist train which runs between Moraira and the beach, however, and this might be a better option than driving there.
4 based on 10 reviews
The historic centre of Teulada is worthwhile a visit: the gothic walled town includes the Santa Caterina Church, the Parish House and the Bell Tower which are well preserved . Perhaps the most beatiful is the Divina Pastora Hermitage, next to the Church. It was too dark to see inside, but when holding a camera against the grilles of the door, we got a good impression of the interior after all.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
Small town which dates back a long way, winding streets that lead to the small church at the top. Loads of places to eat and drink. Only a short drive to javea
4.5 based on 106 reviews
My wife and I are just 70 and no strangers to walking and certainly relatively fit for our age. We started the walk and immediately found negotiating the rocky and uneven pathway very difficult. We persevered and eventually reached the final stage where you can see the top of the tower. Up to this point we had been struggling for about 40 mins. The final stage looked rocky too and for our liking was to near the edge. We have noticed as we get older our balance is not as reliable as it was, so we had a discussion and we mutually decided we should stop the climb and make our way down. The walk down was much worse than the walk up and sadly on the way down my wife fell on the rocky pathway. By this stage we were really regretting the decision to go in the first place. After another 45 minutes we made it with great relief to the end of the trail. We felt sad we had failed but we had enjoyed the views on the way up and was able to take some lovely photos. So to all the people that have made the climb......well done and congratulations. To all those still to do it....good luck and take care.
4.5 based on 233 reviews
Not all Spain is Benidorm and commercialised... Calpe is a little spot of heaven... Mix of tourist, ex pats and locals... a beautiful part of Spain, wonderful weather, beautiful Beaches, as much or as little activity as you want, amazing restaurants, shops and bar's... great food, lovely people..... Simply cannot get enough of this place, been 4 years on the trot now and just booking up for next year already
3.5 based on 17 reviews
If you're on a self catering holiday the food is wonderful. As for the rest of the market, it sells cheap Moroccan, Camel leather goods, clothing, toys, gadgets and tack.
All much the same stuff and quite overpriced.
It's expected and if you don't let me know what you want to buy and I'll sell it for their initial price.
A hat went from €35 to €10.
A leather holdall and a magnetic darts game started at €132 and came down to €80 for both.
However, for a good local market with better selection and better pricing go to the Friday market in Moraira.
4.5 based on 232 reviews
Walking along the Calpe Promenade from Plaza de Colon to the Port area is for me one of the real pleasures of holidaying in Calpe.
The winding Promenade which has views of the mighty Peñon de Ifach rock for almost all the way has numerous cafes, restaurants and bars which should satisfy most tastes.
For those searching for souvenirs, there are a number of shops along the Promenade, but one that is a personal favourite of mine is MB Regalos at Avenida Gabriel Miro 52. I have frequented and bought items from this shop for many years and have found the lady owner to be a courteous, honest and sincere person who sells quality items at genuine prices. Well worth a visit.
Having holidayed in Calpe countless times over the past forty years, I have seen many changes, almost entirely for the better, but not all. The change that has saddened me the most is the height of some of the buildings and I hope Calpe doesn’t lose its charm and becomes a second Benidorm.
In conclusion, I just hope that anyone Reading this enjoys Calpe and the Promenade as much as I do.
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