Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Moraira, on the Costa Blanca.
Moving to Moraira: Spain’s White Coast
Small is beautiful in Moraira, a coastal town which can still see its population nearly quadruple at the peak of the holiday season. Its past life as a fishing village is not forgotten with one of the most popular fish markets on the Costa Blanca. There are restrictions on the heights of buildings and the surrounding pine trees form a protected green belt.
Despite the resort’s three sandy beaches proving popular for families, out of season the inhabitants have one foot firmly placed in the grave. If you’re a beach bum or hippy chick, Moraira probably isn’t for you long term. Attracting as it does, a more affluent, older, and well-dressed crowd.
Ins and outs
It’s around a one-hour north-easterly drive along the AP-7 from Alicante airport. Have some loose change to hand as this is a toll road. The same tip applies if you’re travelling from Valencia airport, plus you’ll have to factor in about an extra 20-minutes’ driving time.
Xàbia International College, Javea’s only international school, admits students from two all the way up to 18. It’s 20 minutes north of Moraira. The Altea International School, half an hour to the south of Moraira, places great emphasis on mindfulness as part of its commitment to the Steiner-Waldorf educational philosophy.
Shop until you drop…
If you’re planning on getting nautical in your new life in Moraira, Barcos & Cosas in the town centre is a must visit for sailing accessories and clobber. For more everyday needs, there’s an Iceland supermarket in nearby Benissa. It’s half an hour away to Ondara’s Portal de la Marina, the area’s largest shopping centre.
Property in Moraira
Villas dominate the Moraira property market.
Villas start at around the €400,000 market and can go for as much as ten times that amount.
In Praise Of
“Moraira’s a very cosmopolitan town with an elegant marina and a vast array of very good shops, boutiques and restaurants. There are many picturesque unspoilt coves. Moraira enjoys at least 325 sunny days each year, and with this unique microclimate it’s one of the healthiest places to live in Europe.” Stuart Peters (Tabaira Real Estate)
- Are you an expat living in Moraira? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.