AREA: 32 sq.kms. with
more than 2,000 hectares under cultivation and 1,000 of vineyards.
approx. according to the last census but this increases to as many as
40,000 during the tourist season.
to 185 m. above sea level.
80 kms. Valencia 108 kms. Barcelona 438 kms Benidorm 40 kms.
Moraira-Teulada: Historical Summary
The history of
Moraira-Teulada has been traced back almost to the beginning of the history of
of the first settlers (Upper Palaeolithic 15,000 to 20,000 BC) were
discovered in a Cave (Cova de la Cendra) on the Cap d´Or (the headland
that protects Moraira and El Portet beaches).
the Cova de Les Rates and El Morro de Castellar are rupestrian
paintings depicting life in the bronze age.
Much later there were Iberian settlers and ceramic remains have been discovered to support this on
the Cap d´Or where the lookout tower would have guarded the Bay of Moraira.
Later still the Moors
occupied the area and
left their mark on the culture and economy of the area.
The signs of this
early society can be noticed the architecture, agriculture, irrigation systems and town planning. Many
Moraira-Teulada areas have been handed down from the Moorish era, e.g. Benimarco, Benimeit, Pouet
del Morro, Moravit, Tabaira, Alcassar etc.
Christian conqueror Jaime I expelled the Moors in the 13th century and then people from
and Aragon settled there, bringing with them the Valencian language.
The Lords of Llúria, Serría and
Gandia founded the town of Teulada in 1386 and they were the owners. Later
ownership was handed over to the Barons of Ariza and Teulada and in the nineteenth century it was claimed by the
was plagued by the attention of Barbary pirates during the 16th century,
the Town of Teulada
was fortified and a lookout tower (now restored) was built on the Cap d´Or.
It is said that Moraira was named after the heathen princess
"Ira, la Mora" (- hence "mora ira") and this could be
The tale that her
remains are buried under the old castle on Moraira
beach most certainly is not.
The fact is that it was
planned by Juan Bautista Antonelli, during the reign of Felipe II to protect the
bay of Moraira from the Barbary invaders in the 16th century but, according to a
plaque at the entrance, it was not completely finished until 1742.
has now been restored and is a historical museum.
It is also known that it was
badly damaged by the British on July 20th 1801,
even though it was armed with four bronze cannons.
Further Information about Moraira -
Moraira Tourist Office is located in Casa de la Por at the entrance to
Moraira and the Moraira/Teulada Road close to the Barclay Centre. Here you
will find virtually everything you need to know about Moraira.
The Moraira Tourist Office Website provides details of all current
local events but is only in Spanish.
is part of the municipality of Teulada and the Town hall is in Teulada.
The Teulada-Moraira Town Hall Website provides information for Moraira
residents and property owners and is in English, French, German and
Moraira Webcam is mounted on the castle, overlooking the main beach.
the Moraira Webcam Website here.
Everything Moraira - A nice little info. site dedicated to Moraira.
Teulada Moraira Info - Mainly advertising.
Moraira Fiestas - Information about the local Moraira Fiestas.
Alicante-Spain.com - Moraira travel tips.
Thompson Travel - Holidays in Moraira.
VillaSpain.com - More Moraira info.
ThinkSpain.com - More Moraira Info.
Wikipedia - Moraira
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