Sam and Petra´s Wedding
Saturday 23rd June 2012 
Skype Me™!
Home      Location
Print this pageAdd to Favorite

The Town –

Moraira is a small Spanish coastal town, part of Teulada (also known as Teulada-Moraira) municipality, in the Marina Alta comarca, 80 km north of Alicante and 100 km south of Valencia. It is a tourist resort on the highly-developed Costa Blanca strip, with 8 km of coastline backed by mountains and vineyards.

The permanent population of Moraira in the northern Costa Blanca, Spain is around 10,000, although this rises to 36,000 in summer. There is a high proportion of expatriates living here on a permanent basis, and the area is very popular with affluent retirees, especially English. The majority of visitors to Moraira are Spanish, English, German, Dutch, French as well as many other nationalities.

Moraira’s historic roots as a fishing village are still in evidence; its fish market is one of the most popular in the Costa Blanca region and the port has five fishing boats in operation. The Moraira region is also famous for the growing of Muscatel grapes for wine-making.

However, the economy of Moraira is now built around tourism and Spanish property sales that have transformed the coastline over the past 30 years. Strict planning regulations have prevented over development and high rise buildings, making it a highly desirable destination. Little remains of the fishing cottages that once made up the little port that serviced the town of Teulada, standing at the head of the valley. To preserve the heritage of the area, the Teulada council passed laws protecting the abundant pine trees and limited the height of buildings. 

It has a privately owned marina built in 1985, operated by Club Náutico Moraira. Moraira is also seen as a culinary destination, with many restaurants. Moraira has three sandy beaches popular with families, and many rocky coves and inlets frequented by snorkelers and scuba divers.  

The Church -  Parish Church of Our Lady of the Forsaken/Abandoned

Castellano - Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados
Valenciano - Iglesia Parroquial de Mare de Déu dels Desemparats

The Church of the Virgen de los Desamparados was built in the late 19th Century from stone taken from Moraira Castle. The building has been refurbished several times and the architecture is typical of the region. It has stained glass windows with fine colours. On the east facade is an image of La Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen. A procession is held to honour her each year on the 16th of July.



While you are here, if you fancy a dive or, for the first-timers, a try-dive, Scuba Moraira dive centre is located just 2 mins from the centre of Moraira on the Moraira to Calpe road (Carretera Moraira-Calpe number 130) in a row of shops & businesses. Email or go to the website



View Sam and Petra in a larger map