COSTA BLANCA’S POPULATIONS
Moraira is one of the most charming coastal tourist towns on the Costa Blanca. It was originally a fishing village on the Costa Blanca and is located between the popular towns of Calpe and Javea. In contrast with many other coastal places in Spain, Moraira has been able to retain her authentic character; there are no big hotels or other high-rise blocks here. Its tourism focuses on individuals staying in detached villas located in residential zones and with their own swimming pools. Moraira’s centre and beaches are pleasant, but not too crowded. The pleasant terraces are always occupied, as are the shops. Its harbour accommodates some fishing boats, but mainly pleasure yachts and other recreational boats. The freshly caught fish are still sold by auction at the harbour.
Moraira has experienced a spectacular growth but has still managed to preserve her beautiful surroundings while the zoning plans were resolute in keeping in mind the preservation of the area’s natural resources, traditions and customs. According to the most recent data, Moraira has 13,281 inhabitants. It has some impressive monuments, such as the late Gothic church dating from the 15th century, the Cabo de Oro watchtower (Cap D’Or) and Moraira’s castle tower, which is located at Playa de la Ampolla beach. Its coastline is 9 kilometres long, with beaches and small bays like El Portet, Playa de La Ampolla, Les Platjetes, L’Andragó, La Cala, etc. Moraira celebrates a lot of feasts, and the Teulada Patron Party and the Moraira Patron Party are celebrated together as it is a joint municipality. There are also a large number of other feasts, such as: Moraira’s Moros y Cristianos, the San Juan Bonfires and the Moscatel Party (muscat) in Teulada. Another feature of Moraira is its gastronomy, resulting from its wide variety of food and comprising traditional dishes, international restaurants and very prestigious creative cuisine. It is a charming and modern municipality that respects its traditions.
Javea is a coastal tourist resort and fishing village located on the Costa Blanca between the capes and sheltered by the impressive “Montgó” mountain. Javea has 36,714 inhabitants, of which 52.2% are of a foreign nationality. Javea is built around a Gothic fortress church from the fourteenth century. The city has experienced a steep increase over the past few years and built some new housing estates and a large marina. However, Javea has never lost her Mediterranean feeling and appearance through the years. Javea has opted for a good balance between modern development and its history. Nature in and around Javea also plays a big part in that.
The “El Arenal” sandy beach is one of Costa Blanca’s most visited beaches after Benidorm and Denia. Javea’s old city centre has much to offer. The medieval Gothic church and buildings, and the modern architectural styles from the 18th century are especially fascinating. Inside Javea’s historic city centre, we find the historic town hall, the old market halls, a modern cultural centre and the archaeological and ethnological museum. Two kilometres from Javea, we find the marina, where the magnificent “Nuestra Señora del Loreto” church of the Blessed Virgin and the fishing mine are located.oreign nationality. Javea is built around a Gothic fortress church from the fourteenth century. The city has experienced a steep increase over the past few years and built some new housing estates and a large marina. However, Javea has never lost her Mediterranean feeling and appearance through the years. Javea has opted for a good balance between modern development and its history. Nature in and around Javea also plays a big part in that.
The only Parador on the Costa Blanca is located at the El Arenal beach, as is the Playa del Arenal beach and an attractive beach boulevard. Javea’s coastline is 21 kilometres long, comprising a magnificent coast of beaches, cliffs and bays. Montgó Mountain is also located there. Just like Moraira, Javea celebrates a lot of feasts, for example those of San Juan and Moros y Cristianos; the “Bous a la Mar” feast for the bull in the sea; the La Virgen del Carmen procession for the Blessed Virgin of the sea and the Live Chess Play that is acknowledged as a National Tourist Interest. With its golf, tennis, diving, yachting, walking, shooting and much, much more, Javea is a valued tourist enclave full of sights and life.
Benitachell’s centre is located 2 kilometres from Moraira and 4 kilometres from Javea. Its coastline is 2 kilometres long along the Mediterranean Sea. Benitachell’s municipal grounds stretch over 12 square kilometres and are divided into two parts: on one hand, the inland part that concentrates on agriculture; and the surprising coastal areas with very sheer cliffs on the other. There is a rich landscape of almond, olive and muscat grape cultivation. Urbanizations with detached villas are most common here, and the large number of retired foreigners that live here have ensured that the medical services and healthcare are up to standard.
Benitachell’s coastal area is rough, with enormous, spectacular mountains and rocks with lookouts from which the most beautiful views over the Costa Blanca sea can be admired. The rocks and mountains surround lovely beaches and bays; Benitachell is located between tourist resorts like Moraira and Javea, and is 78 kilometres from the city of Alicante. It offers all the (medical) services you need; sports, golf, tennis and walks; and also has a very festive culture, having preserved all her traditions. The municipality of Benitachell has retained her essence, with a modern and hospitable mentality.