Moraira (Valencian enunciation: [moˈɾajɾa] is a tiny, upmarket Spanish seaside town, part of Teulada (also called Teulada-Moraira) municipality, in the Marina Alta comarca, 80 km north of Alicante and also 100 kilometres south of Valencia.
The community is located adjacent to the adjoining town of El Portet and also both areas develop a traveler hotel on the Costa Blanca strip, with 8 km of shoreline backed by mountains and vineyards.
The location around Moraira has been occupied given that prehistory. Things discovered in the Cova de la Cendra historical site on Cap d'Or - beside the town - revealed that human habitation can be mapped back to the Upper Paleolithic era. Pots linked to the Iberians have additionally been discovered on Cal d'Or, suggesting that they later lived in the area during the Bronze Age.
Complying with the Umayyad occupation of Hispania, the location was at some point worked out by Moors are impact of that society can still be seen today in the area's architecture as well as local designs. Most of the names in the Teulada-Moraira location derive from the Moor settlement - such as Alcassar, Benimeit, Benimarco, Moravit, Pouet del Morro as well as Tabaira. Without a doubt, neighborhood tale recommends that Moraira was called after the Moorish princess Individual retirement account, la Mora.
During the Reconquista, the Moors were eliminated by Jaime I de Aragón and became part of the Kingdom of Aragon in between 1270 and 1280 - this is still commemorated today during the yearly Moros y cristianos celebration. In the years that adhered to, the Moors were replaced by Christian inhabitants from Catalonia and also Aragon, who presented the Valencian language to the location. In 1386 Teulada was established five kilometers from the coastline by the Lords of Lluria, Serria as well as Grandia and ended up being a district in its very own right.
Throughout the 16th century, Barbary pirates plundered the coast and Teulada was strengthened with a lookout tower on the Cap d'Or by Felipe II. This belonged to an organized chain of fortifications which later on included the Castillo de Moraira - completed in 1742 - located in what is currently the centre of the community. The Castillo was equipped with 4 bronze cannons and was terribly damaged by the British fleet on 20 July 1801 during the French Revolutionary Wars although it has given that been brought back.
By the end of the 18th century, Teulada had actually developed into a farming village, with crops exported by sea from natural ports. Citizens eventually turned to fishing as an extra income and tiny buildings by the coastline were built on the website of contemporary Moraira to save deal with and also tools. These buildings were at some point expanded to end up being homes for the fishermen and Moraira became a little angling village. 
Moraira's economy transformed drastically in the 1970s and 1980s because of worldwide tourism. The community expanded drastically to fit new holiday residences and framework for visitors. Today, the long-term populace of Moraira is around 10,000, although this increases to 36,000 in summer season. There is a high percentage of migrants living in the community completely, as well as the area is popular with affluent retired people, particularly British. Most of site visitors to Moraira are Spanish, British, German, Dutch, and also French.
Geography as well as environment.
The Moraira valley is the convergent factor of a number of mountain streams, which flow across the coastline even during the driest August weather condition. With time, these streams have actually deposited their rich alluvial soil on the valley bottom.To the north, the community is bordered by the Cap d'Or hill.
Across the Moraira-Teulada location, more than 2,000 hectares are under farming as well as 1,000 hectares are used for vineyards. The use of the hill terraces for farming throughout the Moors period is still forthcoming today.
Moraira flaunts a very secure Mediterranean environment with about 300 sunny days a year. The summer seasons are hot and the winter seasons moderate, with the surrounding foothills give protection from severe weather condition throughout the winter season while producing a natural vortex for cooling down ocean breeze in the summer season. The sea temperature throughout the summer season is up to 25 levels and it rarely rains throughout the months July-- August.
As part of the Teulada-Moraira municipality, Moraira is regulated by the local Ayuntamiento, based in Teulada. It is formed of 17 chosen councillors as well as led by the mayor, that picks councillors to sit on a different Governing Board to support him in executing his tasks. Given that May 2015, the mayor has been Carlos Linares that replaced Antoni Joan Bertomeu after he chose not to stand for reelection to the Ayuntamiento. That election saw the People's Party preserve control of the community with a bulk of seats on the council.
Moraira's historic roots as an angling town are still in evidence; its fish market is among one of the most prominent in the Costa Blanca area and the port has five angling boats in operation. The Moraira region is also renowned for the growing of Muscatel grapes for wine-making.
Nevertheless, the economy of Moraira is now constructed around tourism and Spanish building sales that have actually transformed the coast over the past 30 years. Strict preparation policies have avoided over growth as well as high rise buildings, making it a highly desirable location. Little remains of the fishing homes that once comprised the little port that serviced the town of Teulada that stands at the head of the valley. To maintain the heritage of the location, the Teulada council passed laws shielding the plentiful pine trees and restricted the elevation of buildings. It has a privately possessed marina constructed in 1985, run by Club Náutico Moraira. Moraira is also viewed as a culinary location, with many dining establishments. Moraira has three sandy beaches preferred with families, and also several rocky coves and inlets frequented by snorkellers and scuba divers.
Luxury yacht club Moraira The yacht club, "Club Náutico" has 620 embarkation factors. It consists of an association club which is provided with dining establishments as well as stores. Likewise in summertime they have sailing programs as well as regattas. The champion of the area for open sea yachts is held at Easter, the regatta "Moraira Santa Eulalia" takes place at the end of September.
Coordinates: 38.688°N 0.1345°E
Autonomous Community Valencian Community
Comarca Marina Alta
• Total 10,000 (approx)