January 2008 Archive

A Visit to Safari Park Vergel

Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger

A truly wonderful day out with or without children is to the Safari Park at Vergel.

Leave Moraira on the N332 going north towards Valencia and just past Ondara. Take the CV 700 on the left hand side, signposted Safari Park. This is situated just a short distance on the left.

You can take your car in and visit the first part where the lions and tigers are situated, staying within your car with the windows shut. After leaving this area you can park your car and walk if you wish or continue to drive.

There are l,400 animals, 145 different species, a fantastic monkey island, a bird sancturary, llamas, reptiles and many more attractions.
If you visit the Tourist Office in Moraira they have leaflets, showing directions and also offering a €4.00 adult discount.

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Posted by on Monday 21st January 2008

A Walk to Benimarco

If you live in Moraira, drive to the Avenue de Mediterraneo (the dual carriageway in Teulada) and begin your walk from here. Continue to the camino de San Miguel where you will pass the Creueta del Ave Maria (a cast iron cross with a ceramic inscription).

Take the lane to the right and you will arrive at the Font del Horta which has two outlets and a small watering place. The fountain gives tranquility and natural beauty.

From there we can continue on the Cami del Boticari, starting behind this font. On arriving at the Cami del Pouet del Moro, we turn to the right, passing in front of the well which dates back to the middle ages, until we reach the road to Benimarco, a typical rural hamlet shared by both Teulada and Benisa with many interesting properties in Benisa, Teulada and Moraira.

Along the walk you will see many worksheds, typical of this region.
We finish our tour in the square where the hermitage of Sant Jaume lies. The building, with a single nave, is comparable to those of the so-called “conquest” churches . In the square there is a balcony with a great view of the sea.

You can walk back to Teulada via Cami de Sant Miquel in which case you walk through Cami de Buseit, which starts by the hermitage and finishes on the urbanisation “La Coma dels Frares”, a beautiful countryside.

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Posted by on Monday 21st January 2008

Moraira Walks

La Cala Beach

La Cala Beach

A walk from El Portet to the beach of Moraig of Benitachell

This is a most beautiful walk of approximately 4 kilometres, estimate about 3hrs. 15 minutes there and back. The route runs through one of the most beautiful and striking areas of this countryside that ends at the beach of La Cala.

Start the walk from the Cami de la Viuda (this is the road before you reach the beach of El Portet in Moraira.

Continue uphill towards Calle Canario, the path is then signposted.

You are approaching one of the last areas that retain a great part of the Mediterranean coastline, with a copse of white pines or oak, esparto grass, palmito, kermes oak, rosemary and lavender, amongst other species. In the spring there is an abundance of many wild flowers.

Half way take the right fork, the path becomes more difficult and care should be taken. A recommended alternative is to the left just before the beach, a steep climb to the flat plateau from where you can reach the beach of Moraig of Benitachell.

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Posted by on Monday 21st January 2008

Scuba Diving in Moraira

Moraira Platgautes Beach

Moraira Platgautes Beach

For those interested in scuba diving there is a diving and watersports centre on the road from Moraira to Calpe.

You can enrol for the Scuba Diving course with a highly trained diving team for €60.

There is equipment for hire, Air Fills, Specialities, Night Dives, Cavern Dives, an air conditioned classroom and lots more. For further details ring 96 649 2006 . Their web site is www.scubamoraira.com

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Posted by on Monday 21st January 2008

Moraira Castle

Moraira Castle

Moraira Castle

Until the beginning of the 19th century the Mediterranean Sea was renowned for piracy. The Berber pirates, also known as Ottoman corsairs, were pirates who, from North Africa, Tunisia, Tripoli, Algiers and the Port of Morocco, attacked shipping for their own profit.
The coast was extremely difficult to defend due to the gentle climate, and the many coves, islands and caves which provided excellent hiding places for the pirate ships.

Any attack on the coastal towns and villages could change the life of their inhabitants and turn anyone into a captive, with an unknown future for them.

The pirates would also take people hostage and this was very important for receiving ransoms for their release. The Berber pirates captured thousands of Christians, who were sold on slave markets in places such as Algeria and Morocco.

These slaves were women, childrern, young or old from the coastal villages, who had to survive in a world of cruelty.

In the 18th century there were also Christian corsairs, merchant sailors with a government Corsair licence in search of enemy ships they might capture. A famous Captain Antonio Barcelo fought against pirate ships on our coast and was promoted to General of the Navy in 1748, before the construction of the Moraira Castle which was built for defence and surveillance purposes.

The castle dominates the beach of El’Ampolla and was much needed to defend the coastline.

The walls are 10 meters high and are made of masonry work covered by stone ashlars, which were more resistant to artillery than the mortar previously used to build defence towers. The coastguard who defended the castle was stationed in Teulada on the Costa Blanca and was responsible, as well, for the surveillance at the Tower of El Cap d’Or and along the entire coast. You can see the castle today and it is in a very good preserved state. Info supplied by Teulada tourist info centre.

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Posted by on Wednesday 16th January 2008

Paella Recipe

Paella

Paella

This is an authentic paella recipe cooked for us by a Spanish family in their finca in the hills behind Moraira.

For about 8 people.

24 large raw prawns
1 large red pepper
4 portions rabbit cut into 2” pieces
Similar amount of chicken
“ “ pork
Half kilo small squid
Cooked green beans
Few strands saffron Teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon colourant 1 chopped onion Quarter kilo cooked butter beans “ “ chopped tomatoes 200 grams paella rice Double amount of water 1 kilo mussels, thoroughly cleaned.

Fry prawns in hot olive oil, add salt and remove Fry peppers and meats, when cooked add squid, then onions, green beans, spices, butter beans, chopped tomatoes, rice, stir, add water.

Cook till water is absorbed, return prawns and Add mussels.

Cook till mussels open, Discard any that do not open, Garnish with lemon.

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Posted by on Tuesday 15th January 2008

Moraira Golf

Moraira Golf

Moraira Golf

There is a very attractive 9 hole golf course in Moraira called Club de Golf Ifach.

The view standing from the club house looking down the course is very scenic with the Calpe Rock and sea at the end.

Take the road out of Moraira towards Calpe for approximately 3 kilometers from the centre of Moraira. It is signposted, turn right immediately before the large Pepe la Sal supermarket.

On Tuesdays and Fridays there is a 9 hole Stapleford fun competition, everyone is welcome and very friendly. Arrive by 8.30 a.m.

On Tuesdays it is run by Bert Holmes and on Fridays by Tony Mudge. The cost to enter is €2.00 and there are prices for the three winners.

As a non-member of the club the charge for 9 holes is €31.00 To play at other times telephone 96 6497114 to book a time.

The course is a par 30 with three par 4 holes and six par 3 holes.

Normal cost

9 holes €31.00 14 holes €41.00

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Posted by on Monday 14th January 2008

Property Inspection Trips

A word of advice regarding property inspection trips – Don’t do it!

I’m afraid we have been there and worn the T-shirt. We get to hear of some horrible stories as well!

Avoid estate agents, companies or developers offering to subsidize your cost, that’s if you don’t want to feel under any obligation and remain totally free and independent to do what you please as and when you wish!

It may sound like a good idea, especially when they grab your attention at the various exhibitions, offering free flights etc.

The truth is, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the price you pay is your limitation of what properties you will view. You will also feel obliged to them if they have subsidized your trip.

It is also common to be subjected to sophisticated sales techniques at best or high pressure sales at worst!

You may be offered free flights, free airport pick ups, free accomodation etc, usually out of town and away from the other estate agents you may decide to pop in and see!

Then it’s usual to be picked up first thing to view everything you don’t want and realising you’ve missed out on everything you do, only to find you need to come back again.

The best thing to do, is to come out under your own steam and be under no obligation to anyone!

If you don’t have much time and need someone to help you put together a worth while property viewing schedule, you really ought to consider a professional independent property finder and advisor.

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Posted by on Monday 14th January 2008

New Municipal Building in Moraira

Moraira Municipal Building

Moraira Municipal Building

NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING IN MORAIRA OPENING 13TH JANUARY 2008.
This new centre opens today to provide services to our citizens. It will be named Espai La Senieta. It is situated on the junction of Avenida Madrid and the Moraira-Calpe road.

This modern and functional area will provide direct service with regards to Municipal documentation and requests. At the same time it will enable the programming of cultural, social and spare time activities and encourage multicultural integration.

The following services can be found in this new building:

“SIT” Town Hall offices (for the presentation of documents etc.) Theatre Exhibition hall 4 multipurpose classrooms Reading area Library-youth area Centre for older people Bar-Cafeteria Concierge

Programme for Week l 13th January.

12.30 h. Opening day Espai La Senieta 13.00h. Inauguration of the Exhibition of Gines Salva. “25 years of painting” – Exhdibition
Hall. Youth Activities: 18.00h. CircusWorkshop – Multipurpose classrooms. 19.00h. Laughter workshop – Multipurpose classrooms. 20.00h. Play – Theatre

14th January

18.00 Meeting of the Mayor with the Pensioners – “Room for 3rd age”. 19.00h. “Sainet 2 l ficats” (Play in Valenciano) – Theatre.

15th January

19.00h. Homage to the late Francisco Rabal with the presence of his widow The actress Ascuncion Balaguer. This will be followed by the film “El hombre de la isla”(The man of the island made in Moraira with Paco Rabal)Theatre.

16th January

13.15h. Talk and Presentation of the Campaign “Aligothon” – Environment Department – Theatre. ( 16th January (continued)

19.00h. Concert by the group “Manhattan Jazz” – Theatre.

17th January

19.00h,. Exhibition of Gymnastics by the children of the Club Llebeig – Theatre.

18th January

18.00 Play for children called “Les Cinc Estacions” by the group “Taranna Theatre” .- Theatre. 20.00h. Exhibition of Tai-chi and Wushu – Multipurpose classrooms.

19th January

19.00h. Concert by the “Agrupacion Musical Cultural de Teulada “ and Coral Teuladina (The band and Choir of Teulada) – Theatre.

20th January

19.00h. Concert by OMA (Orchestra of the Marina Alta) – Theatre.

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Posted by on Monday 14th January 2008

A Day In Valencia

Oceanographic Centre, Valencia

Oceanographic Centre, Valencia

For anyone living or holidaying in Moraira a day in Valencia is fascinating. The best way to get there is either to catch a boat from Benissa or to drive to Xeraco train station, one stop past Gandia and park your car, it is very easy to park here, and catch the train.
There are some beautiful shops in the city, the main area being Calle Colon and Gran Via Marques Turia. Whilst in this vicinity take the opportunity to catch a light breakfast in the beautifully refurbished Mercado de Colon. This magnificent structure now covers a number of smart modern cafes within its courtyard. Whilst in this area you will find the Museo de Bellas Artes, 9 Calle San Pio. Stroll around the lush gardens before taking in the works of some of Spains finest painters, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, etc.

Also worth visiting is the Barrio del Carmen, full of winding streets with boutiques.

At the north west of the historic centre is the imposing IVAM, Calle Guillem de Castro, the premier centre for modern arts.

In the afternoon visit the Jardines del Turias, a 10 km stretch of cultivated dried out river bed of the once flood-prone River Turia, this now verdant stream of manicured gardens flows south towards the port, incorporating sports fields, cycle paths, modernist architecture and cafes.

Spend some time at the Ciudad de las Artes de las Ciencas, a monumental area full of interest.

For a less tiring day you can take a trip on the open top bus around the City, getting off and on wherever it takes you fancy.

The oceanographic centre is well worth a visit. It’s an amazing under Ocean world and you walk through it. There is lots to see and they also have a Dolphin show.

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Posted by on Saturday 12th January 2008

Moraira Beaches

L'Ampolla Beach Dec 2007

L’Ampolla Beach Dec 2007

There are some glorious beaches in Moraira, renowned for their cleanliness, the excellent quality of their waters and high standard of comfort services.

Here you can enjoy quiet and relaxing sunbathing or do the typical sand architecture projects and above all, enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool clean water.

There are also many organised activities where you have a variety of amusement; These include; Aerobics on the beach. Paddle boats and canoes are also available for those wanting to test their skills.

There are also great offers for underwater activities, a catalogue is available at the Tourist Information Office. There are many schools offering possibilites of sailing.

The main beach in the centre of Moraira is L’Ampolla, further along in the direction of Calpe are the rocky coves of L’Andrago and Cap Blanc and in the other direction is the delightful beach of El Portet. Supplied by the Tourist Info-Teulada.

El Portet beach in Moraira

El Portet beach in Moraira

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Posted by on Friday 11th January 2008

Walking in Moraira

Moraira Gardens along El Portet Road

Moraira Gardens along El Portet Road

For those who enjoy a gentle walk, this is one of the most enjoyable in Moraira and a great way to see some of the glorious scenery.
Start at the main car park where you can leave your car all day free of charge, aviod Fridays as this is market day and it’s held in the car park itself. On leaving the car park on foot by the Medical Centre exit, turn left and continue past the olive tree roundabout to the palm tree roundabout at the crossroads. Take the first right and walk along the cobbled street (Calatayud) to the bottom. Here, if you wish, you can watch the fish auction, you will see the building facing you, where the daily catch is auctioned at 10.0 a.m. (except public holidays). It is worth watching this as the auctioneer rattles off the prices at an alarming rate, starting with the highest price and working down accordingly, only stopping when a customer signals he will pay the price. You can join in if you wish but remember the fish is sold in boxes and most goes to the restaurants.

Continue past the restaurants on your left, turn left and cut through to a steep flight of steps. These will take you to the main road leading to El Portet. Up the steps and turn right and continue for about two hundred yards until you come to the coastal gardens. Descend into the gardens, sit awhile and enjoy the views over the yacht marina and looking towards Calpe rock.

Carry on waliking along the pathway to the end of the gardens, you will be back on the main road, overlooking El Portet beach, another glorious view. This is a very safe beach, delightful for swimming and there are two beachside cafes where you can enjoy a drink and/or lunch, literally by the water·s edge. For those more energetic you can climb to the tower above the beach. To do this go back to the first road on your right- follow to the top-turn right-follow to the junction-turn left-go up the hill to the very top and on the left you will see a pathway that leads up to the top of the hill where you will find the tower. The views over to Javea and beyond are well worth the 25 min climb!

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Posted by on Thursday 10th January 2008

Medical Facilities in Moraira

Moraira Local NHS Doctors!

Moraira Local NHS Doctors!

Should you need medical assistance in Moraira, there are choices.

You can visit Assistel, this is a private clinic along the road out of Moraira towards Benitachell where a charge is made (around €50) or if you have a form E111 or equivelent from the U.K, you can visit the Social Services Medical Centre, situated at the entrance to the main car park.

This is open from 8.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m, Mondays to Fridays. It is advisable to take an interpreter with you if you do not speak any Spanish.

There are nurses at the centre who will attend to cleaning and bandaging wounds. If you need urgent medical attention outside of these hours there is an excellent Medical Centre in Teulada. This is situated on the left hand side of the dual carriageway about three quarters of the way down (there is a wine bodega on the corner)

As this is a one way street you have to continue down the dual carriageway to the first roundabout, turn round and go back on yourself and you will see the medical centre marked.

This centre is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and if you arrive and it is closed, just ring the bell and someone will come. If you need an ambulance in an emergency you can telephone the Teulada Red Cross and they will take you to Denia Hospital. The charge is approximately €70 and they do not wait so you would need a taxi back. You can find other useful links

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Posted by on Thursday 10th January 2008

Moraira Apartment Rental

Moraira Luxury Air Conditioned Town Centre Apartment Sleeps 6

• 50m walk to bars and restaurants

• 500m walk to beach

• Secure underground parking, however car not essential

• Access via lift or stairs; disabled access

• Large swimming pool and sun terrace

• 3 double bedrooms

• 2 bathrooms

• Spacious lounge /diner

• Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and washer dryer

Prices

Low season: £300 per week Mid season: £550 per week Peak season: £700 per week

Please Enquire mail@spanish-property-sales.net

Telephone: 0034 96 649 2515

Mid week bookings welcome. Saturday changeover during peak season.

Deals for property hunters!

Lounge Kitchen

Lounge Kitchen

Rooftop Pool

Rooftop Pool

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining Table

Dining Table

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Posted by on Wednesday 9th January 2008