An upbeat coastal town firmly rooted in tradition, holidays to Moraira are all about relaxation and classic Mediterranean beach life.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Moraira's blossomed into a lively town on the Costa Blanca
's northern edge. Now a popular tourist spot, it stays true to its old-school Spanish roots with cosy cafés, authentic restaurants and palm-fringed streets. This is Spain
at its finest, from the afternoon siesta to late-night sangria.
Best of the Med
The country's third-largest city, Valencia, is only a 90-minute drive up the coast. Here you'll find ultra-modern architecture from the science museum to the aquarium, alongside historic old-town landmarks like the famous Gothic cathedral. Be sure to sample some paella too – a Valencian speciality.
Moraira's main stretch of sand, L'Ampolla, is right by the marina, while pretty El Portet's a 20-minute walk along the seafront. Both are Blue Flag award-winning beaches with a number of eateries just a stone's throw away. To escape the midday heat, chill out in a traditional 'chiringuito' – a breezy beachfront bar.