February 2008 Archive

A Guide to Moraira

Moraira is a beautiful town with no high rise hotels. In the centre of the town there is a most attractive avenue leading to the main beach of Ampolla.

This has a water feature along its length with plane trees overhead which give much needed shade during the summer. A natural pond has also been formed near the beach to encourage wild life and there are gardens and paths with plenty of seats.

At the northern end of Moraira is the beach of El Portet studded with exclusive properties! above which is the Cap d·Or watchtower.

The beach is very safe for children and there are two bars/cafes which serve delightful snacks, salads, fish and you can order a Spanish paella, all can be eaten at the very edge of the beach with spectacular views of the Ifach Rock at Calpe. There is also a restaurant.

In the main part of Moraira there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. The main beach, Ampolla, dominated by the beautifully preserved tower, is also very safe for children and during the summer season the beach has at least one life guard. The tower houses a museum with interesting aspects of the sea and pirates.

There is a market in Moraira on Fridays with many vegetable stalls, clothes and gift stalls. There is also a market in Teulada on Wednesdays-.

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Posted by on 02/26/2008 20:55:00

Flamenco Dancing

There is a Spanish restaurant which cooks dishes typical of the Valencian region, one of which is paella cooked on a wood fire (to order), also rice with bogavant, fideau, grilled meats, fresh fish and very good home made desserts.

This restaurant is called Viva Espana and is situated off the N332 on the left hand side just before you arrive at Oliva in the direction of Valencia. It takes about 45 minutes drive from Moraira.

On Saturday nights and Sunday lunch the restaurant is transformed into a huge party room; there is an elevated stage and a spectacular display of Spanish Ballet with traditional Flamenco dancing at its best.

During July and August this floor show is also performed on Friday evenings.

There are special prices for group bookings up to a capacity of 300 people, also you can get quotes for weddings, communions, parties, business groups and family reunions.

Their telephone number is 96 2850018.

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Posted by on 02/26/2008 20:53:00

Moraira Property for Sale

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The villa was reformed in 2006 Main accommodation has 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, en suite, Lounge, kitchen dining, naya, terrace, pool, summer kitchen dining area BBQ. Apartment below with separate entrance, 1 bathroom, double bedroom and living room. Plumbing done for a kitchenette if required. Central heating, aluminum D/G windows, air con to 2 bedrooms in main villa and both lounges. Store room, water deposit for garden. Sloping Walled plot, Fruit trees and low maintenance gardens surrounding the property.Feature fireplace.

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Posted by on 02/22/2008 20:50:00

Moraira Villa for Sale

El Portet Villa

El Portet Villa

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Built nine years ago to a high specification in a rustic style. Rustic wooden gates leading to a private driveway, off road parking and garage. Separate personal door entry with intercom. Mature and well-stocked gardens. At entrance level we have hallway leading to Shower room, WC, utility room, bedroom 1 with terrace and naya with wonderful sea views. Bedroom 2 with En suite. Both bedrooms have separate access to a private terrace and naya looking out over the bay. Air con to all bedrooms. Total of five terraces.
Several steps down to cosy lounge with fireplace and large dining kitchen. Access to main terrace, nayas and pool area from both kitchen and lounge. Separate BBQ area with terrace and seating. Upper floor accessed by gallery styled staircase from entrance hall, comprising of 2nd lounge area/snug with fireplace. Bedroom 3 with en suite. Lounge and bedroom having separate access to a further large terrace with magnificent views. Separate stair access down to pool.

Update: This property has now sold, view other properties for sale in Moraira

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Posted by on 02/22/2008 20:47:00

Villas for sale in Moraira

El Portet Villa

El Portet Villa

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1-minute walk to Portet beach, you can hear the waves breaking on the beach, panoramic sea-view from virtually all rooms. Almost unique in Portet is the virtually flat plot!
Orientation, South and west………sun all day, great sunsets The villa was completely reformed in 2004/2005. Providing full gas central heating (about 28 rads), air-con/heat units everywhere, 2.4 sat-dish (relayed from lounge to 6 or 7 further plasma TV’s), feature interior/exterior lighting, auto sun blinds throughout, heated pool with Jacuzzi and auto-cover, built-in BBQ with seating/fridges etc, private parking for 6 or 7 cars, water depositos, garden watering system, full professional landscaping, automated entrances to 2 separate roads, video entry system, full alarm system, master-key system etc,

Completely rewired, re-plumbed, re-drained, re-plastered, re-floored. Replaced the majority of the doors/windows etc. lots of antique doors/antique iron and Tosca stone. Clive Christian kitchen and master bedroom. Their first ever job on the Costa Blanca! .

The ground floor comprises; Vast naya, leading to entrance-hall, dining-room, lounge, and kitchen, utility, games-room and bodega, passage-way with doors off, to, office/bedroom 5, bedroom 2 with en-suite and terrace, bedroom 4, opposite family bathroom, bedroom 3 with en-suite, a gym or cinema-room and terrace.

First floor comprises; Master bedroom with lounge area and terrace, bathroom, and separate shower-room Link to see more!

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Posted by on 02/22/2008 20:41:00

The Algar Waterfalls

A trip to the Algar Waterfalls is a very enjoyable day . The area is a famous beauty spot and an easy drive from Moraira, taking the N.332 to Altea, turning off to Callosa d·en Sarria and continue to the Waterfalls which are signposted.

Alternatively you can drive on the AP 7, turning off at the signpost to Callosa d·en Sarria.

During the visit, walk to the riverside and see the various pools and waterfalls. You can walk along the paths which commence by the riverside.

There is also an Environment Musuem (aromatherapy, in vitro fertilization of plants, exhibition of aromatic herbs, essences, etc.) Also visit the Avenue of the Aromatic Plants and the Water Musuem.

There is a First Aid Post, W.C., camping site with W.C. and showers. You can use the barbecue and cut firewood is included. Free parking near the camping area. For any further information telephone the Tourist Information office on 96 588 01 53

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Posted by on 02/20/2008 20:39:00

An Interesting day in Altea

There are two ways to arrive in Altea on the Costa Blanca. You can either drive there;

From Moraira drive to Teulada to the N332, turn left and continue through Benissa, Calpe and then to Altea, about 40 minutes total driving. Or you can take the train from Teulada.

It is very easy to park at the stastion which is at the end of the dual carriageway on the right hand side. The first train leaves at 7.13 a.m., then 9.l3 a.m., ll.l3 a.m. and the last train at 20.l3. Returning from Altea, the first train leaves at 7.21 a.m., then 9.21 a.m., ll.21 a.m. and the last train at 20.21.

There is a very extensive market which lies at the back of the town. This is open Tuesday mornings.

Altea has an abundance of good shops and boutiques, most of which are situated in the road behind the N332, also cafes and restaurants.

If you are feeling energetic the climb of approximately 250 steps to the top of the town is well worth a visit. Here you will find a beautiful blue domed church, set in a square full of cafes and bars with a very continental atmosphere where you can have a drink or a meal. Also on the way up to the church there are several bars and restaurants.

The promenade is very well laid out and is also worth walking along. You can reach Albir along the front, past the yacht centre. Also there are Altea properties for sale. Info supplied by Moraira tourist info.

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Posted by on 02/20/2008 20:37:00

Medieval Tower and Museum, Alcalali

The Medieval Tower in Alcalali is well worth a visit. To arrive in Alcalali from Moraira, drive through Teulada to the N332, turn left and drive through the town of Benissa. At the end of the town take the right fork, signposted Jalon, drive through Jalon and in about two miles you will arrive in Alcalali.

There is a good parking space at the crossroads to Parcent and Murla. Walk through the town until you reach the square where the church is situated and opposite the church is the tower. This is open every Thursday between 10.0 .m. and 12.0 mid-day, other days by arrangement. The cost to enter is €1.50.

The tower has a very interesting history. It was constructed in 1600 to protect the village from the frequent attacks by pirates and bandits. In 1992 the Town Hall of Alcalali acquired the Tower and completely restored it, the top floor being completely in glass with the most magnificent views of the Vall de Pop, the Coll de Rates, the villages of Parcent, Jalon and Lliber and the mountain Pop de Murla, where, incidentally the last battle in 1609 against the Moors and the Christians took place.

There is a commentary in various languages with pictures on a lap top. The museum is also very interesting with numerous artefacts, weapons, etc, There are various bars and cafes in the village, also a restaurant, called Marcel, which is on the right hand side when you leave the town and return towards Jalon. Here you can have a menu del dia with three courses and a drink, all for €8.00

There are many attractions along the the Costa Blanca and you can find links to other sources of information here.

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Posted by on 02/11/2008 20:33:00

A Visit to Terra Mitica

Terra Mitica is an adventure park on the northern Costa Blanca, full of interest to both adults and children.

How to get there: You can travel by train on the F:G:V: line that runs from Denia to Alicante. From Moraira drive to Teulada train station, where you can park your car.

Alternatively by car, Take the N.332 Or the A-7 motorway, towards Benidorm and the turn off for Terra Mitica is signposted.

The adventure park opens on the 14th March this year. The cost is €34 per adult for a full day or €21 in the afternoon and €25.50 for children or €16 in the afternoon.

Items of interest. Flight of the Phoenix, a thrilling freefall from a height of 545 meters. Magnus Colossus, the largest wooden roller coaster on the Mediterranean. Waterfalls of the Nile. This is a fantastic ride in a boat. Rapids of the Argos, another fantastic journey fraught with the dangers of the sea.

Restaurants: Greek, Italian and Spanish, all excellent, plus others.

There are many other attractions, including a Minotaurs Labyrinth, rides for children, souvenir shops, street entertainment, firework displays during the summer, spectacular shows, etc.

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Posted by on 02/08/2008 20:29:00

A Walk to the top of Montgo

Montgo Mountain

Montgo Mountain

Half Way View!

Half Way View!

The Montgo mountain lies in the northern Costa Blanca. On the north side you have Denia and Javea on the south.
The Montgo is an important nature park that offers a range of interesting varieties of Mediterranean flora.

In the 19th century, the peak of the Montgo mountain served as a reference point for calculating the Paris meridian.

If you look at the mountain from the Javea side you can see an indentation which looks like the eye of an elephant.

To commence your walk to the top you can start at the path which is just outside the village of Jesus Pobre on the road towards Javea on the left hand side.

The walk takes approximately three and a half hours each way and the path is mainly a rough track of stones.
The last part of the walk to reach the summit is a bit of a scramble but the view at the top is worth the effort. On a clear day you can see the island of Ibiza.

The mountain is elongated, rich in vegetation and rises sharply from the sea to guard the coast from a height of 753 metres.
This peak surveys the entire Marina Alta district. In the spring there are hundreds of different wild flowers en route. Remember to take plenty of water with you.

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Posted by on 02/08/2008 20:24:00