Things to do.
(Reading this on your phone? Best viewed horisontally).
The bay of El Portet is a 5 minute walk away and has a sandy Blue flag beach. There are two beach bars with food, as well as one fine dining restaurant (Le Dauphin), one simpler (Oasis) and one in between (Mañet). There’s also a pharmacy and a mini-market shop for food and drinks.
Close to the beach, you will find the start of the walk up to Cap d’Or, an 18th century fortress that served as a lookout point to protect the town from pirates. From the top you will have fantastic views both over Moraira and the other side of the peninsula.
See map for the depths you can expect just off El Portet beach.
For a special occasion you can’t go wrong with Le Dauphin’s tasting menues. Martha and Bert & Co. will look after you as you have fab food with an awesome view.
Hotel Mañet also have a restaurant part set back from the bar with very good food and good value tasting menus.
There is a nice coastal pavement from El portet that will take you to Moraira town in 15 minutes on foot. Only two decades ago Moraira was a tiny fishing village, today it is a thriving town with an excellent infrastructure, several beaches and plenty of restaurant and bars.
You can search through Moraira restaurants HERE (all 95 of them). The local market is on Fridays, located by the mini-amusement park. Watch a video about Moraira HERE.
If you want to go a bit further but not drive, you can rent electrical bikes HERE.
A drive away
Our favourite cities for an overnight night of tapas bar hopping are Valencia and Alicante, 1/1.5 hours drive.
There are numerous water parks & Zoos. The best safari park we’ve been to was Aitana, 1M (!) sqm park.
On the way to Aitana is the mountain town of Guadalest (pictured). Very picturesque and worth a stop.
There is a motorcycle (and other motors) museum on the way back towards the coast.
20 minutes away from Moraira, across the Cumbre del sol (where the La Vuelta cycling competition finishes), lies Cala Moraig beach. It has a stoney beach but is stunning and there’s good snorkelling. There’s a beach restaurant serving good food and cold beers.
Park up top unless your car has a decent engine and good hand brake 🙂
50 minutes away from Moraira, close to Altea, you will find the Algar waterfalls, Fuentes del Algar.
A picturesque nature reserve featuring waterfalls, a walking track and restaurants.
Altea – (pictured) 30 mins drive
A beautiful Spanish village with narrow pebbled streets leading up to the church at the top. The streets at the top have various restaurants and bars, some with lovely views.
Javea/Xabia – 20 minutes drive
Is a lovely old town and fishing port with a modern beach area called “Arenal”. We prefer the port area with restaurants such as Cala Bandida by the water. VO version cinema, “Cine Jayan”. Other activities: clay pigeon shooting and break out rooms.
Denia – 40 minutes drive
Old town with a large castle and port area with miles of beaches.
Benidorm – 30 minutes drive. Infamous but there are many attractions in Benidorm and believe it or not, a quite nice old town. Outside lies several water parks and other amusement parks.
Calpe – 20 mins drive. If you’re fit there is a cracking 2 hour climb up the “Penon de Ifach” that you can do (visible from the house and behind Altea in the picture). Bring water!!
Although most days here are sunny and it’s a pain to garden due to the lack of rain, it does happen. Our house have plenty of books, DVDs, PS4 and fibre broadband but, if you’d rather go out, here are some suggestions.
Cinema Jayan in Javea
(Films in original language.)
Bowling at La Marina shopping centre
Indoor playground J-Park in Moraira
Break out rooms in Javea. Project X Escape.
The Science museum and aquarium in Valencia.
A short video about Moraira.