The Area

Moraira, Spain. Moraira is a small town in the La Marina about half way between Alicante 80 kms to its south and Valencia 108 kms to its north. Barcelona is 438 kms to the north. Moraira remains one of the most unspoilt resorts on the Costa Blanca, with 8km of beautiful coastline backed by mountains.

Moraira is a vibrant village benefiting from years of inward investment and local tourism, attracting both young and old, as it surprisingly caters for all spectrums. This old fishing village has a long and varied historical background, with many fiestas celebrating the language, the local traditions and the picturesque landscape.

Moraira itself has an impressive marina surrounded by excellent bars and restaurants, most serving freshly caught fish from the fishing port. There are approximately 80-90 restaurants that cater for all tastes with local delicacies given pride of place next to well known international dishes. Some are even recommended in the Michelin restaurant guide.

The locals (Morairaners) are especially hospitable to the traveller and full participation in the local fiestas is welcomed and positively encouraged. The main fiesta of the year is the Moors and Christians, celebrated in the 2nd week of June, with the majority of the festivities taking place just behind the magnificent beach

Near Moraira there are many wonderful places to visit for all the family. Up in the hills there is Guadalest a very popular village with spectacular views. The village has only 250 inhabitants but is one of the most visited places in all of Spain. Valencia is the nearest major city and is only an hour away by car or train. It has excellent museums art galleries and a fascinating indoor market to challenge anything you may have seen.

Then there are also plenty of amusement parks for the whole family including Terra Mitica and Aqualandia near Benidorm.

The Costa Blanca and Alicante region is a great place for cycling and is a popular training base for professional cycling teams in the winter. It has a sunny and warm climate throughout the year and has superb mountains for cycling, offering a wide range of climbs of differing lengths and gradients.

The road surfaces are almost all fantastic and if you go to the right areas you will encounter very little traffic. In addition, the region is served by Alicante airport, which is linked to many European destinations

The area is favored for cycling training camps by many pro teams with Moriara featuring in La Vuelta more than once. The whole region is well known for excellent cycling. We are a minute walk to the bike shop.

The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees. In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.

There are numerous small historic towns and villages in the inland area which are perfect routes for cycling. These include - but are certainly not limited to – Jalon, Castell de Castells, Orba and Sella.

Jalon is the capital of the Jalon Valley, also known as the Vall de Pop (Pop Valley), situated beside the River Gorgos, in a plain, surrounded by the Sierra de Bernia and the Sierra del Forner mountains. Jalon boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Spain, with its landscape of olive and pine trees, intermingled with orange groves and vineyards and its remote villages of Jalon, Alcalali, Lliber and Parcent.

Coll de Rates is the climb that everyone, from pro riders to novice cyclists, does when in Costa Blanca. It is by no means the steepest or the longest climb in the region, but for one reason or another the ascent from Parcent has near mythical status. There are beautiful views throughout much of the climb, particularly looking west towards the Costa Blanca and the attractive mountains of the Bernia y Ferrer range. Coll de Rates is open and highly enjoyable to climb throughout the year.

There are many advertised cycling routes available to suit all desires and abilities. Tailored routes will be given on request.

Val de Ebo is a beautiful climb! Just south of Pego. The average gradient of 6% and 8km length means it is a category 2 climb. The numerous bends and switchbacks, combined with the stunning views, make it a bit easier on the legs though.

Their are several golf links to choose from. Take a look at some of the local ones on our link page including Ifach golf which is just a 5 minute drive from the villa.

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