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Moraira’s pretty little beaches, historic old town and streets bustling with pavement cafes and restaurants are a major attraction for discerning property buyers as well as holidaymakers.

Moraira is a very charming and exclusive coastal town midway between Javea and Calpe in the North Costa Blanca area of Spain. It has a pretty town centre with a 19th century parish church, 17th century court building, 18th century castle and a well, which is believed to be the site of a miracle.

The Teulada-Moraira area has a population of about 14,500. Of these, 5,000 are Spanish and 9,500 are foreigners, mostly European in particular German (1,600) and British (3,900).

You may even spot a few British celebrities, such as football managers and TV soap stars, among the discerning property buyers with holiday homes in Moraira.

Moraira’s beaches are picture postcard perfect. Particular favourites are the clear waters at Portixol near the marina, the shell-shaped beach at El Portet and the Cala L’Andrago pebble beach.

The turquoise waters, coves and bays have made Moraira a popular choice for divers and snorkelers who can swim amongst shoals of fish, flora and fauna.

Kayaking, sailing, surfing and stand-up paddle are other popular water sports.

Moraira is well-known for its very unusual castle. Unlike most towns which built castles on top of hills, Moraira’s is at sea level, right next to L’Ampolla beach in the centre of town.

Opposite the castle is a pretty tree-lined street with restaurants, bars and shops. The marina and charming old town is a short stroll from here with more chic restaurants and pavement cafes to enjoy a meal or cooling drink.

Diners can enjoy a range of dishes from around the world in Moraira’s many restaurant. The restaurants by the yacht marina are perfect for trying fresh fish, shellfish or paella dishes.

Look out for restaurants serving fish stamped with the Bahia de Moraira stamp. This is a mark of quality which guarantees the fish is straight from the local fishing boats and market.

The parish of Teulada-Moraira is also famous for its wine, particularly reds from the nearby San Vicente Ferrer bodega or wine cellars and the sweet Mistela wine made from the moscatel grapes.

Fiestas are held in Moraira most months including a lovely summer music festival by the castle and a grape harvest festival to celebrate the wine-making industry in September.

The two distinct towns of Teulada and Moraira are very different. Moraira is an upmarket town on the coast with fine bays, restaurants and shops. Eight kilometers away is the working town of Teulada, which is great for shopping. It has a good range of supermarkets for the weekly shop.

Moraira has a very large open-air market held each Friday where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables along with other produce.

Transport links are good with the main AP7 toll and N332 coastal road linking Alicante and Valencia running to the west of Teulada. The slow train between Denia and Benidorm also stops at Teulada.

Moraira’s planners have learned from neighbouring resorts, such as Calpe, which have high-rise hotel and apartment blocks. You will not find any high-rise buildings in Moraira or Javea. Instead there are small apartment complexes and many villas.

Moraira is suitable for people looking for a chic, cosmopolitan and laid back coastal town where they can enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

Popular properties for sale in Moraira range from town centre apartments to pretty villas set amongst the hills with beautiful sea views.