Teulada and Moraira are two towns which share one municipality in the Marina Alta. Teulada is inland and Moraira is on the coast. Together they have a population of roughly half expats and half Spanish. Around 60 nationalities are present with a total population just over 11,000. Moraira is known as an upmarket town with a marina considered to be one the best in the Valencian Community. It is common to meet people who came here on holiday and never left.
The Moraira coast is beautiful and has both sandy beaches and secluded coves which must be seen! Part of Moraira’s charm is you will not find high rise development here so there are many more Villas and smaller apartment buildings, maintaining views and an unspoiled appearance. The main sandy beach of L’Ampolla has a small castle and watch tower nearby that once protected the town from barber pirate raids in the 16th – 17th century. El Portet gets a special mention, just beyond the harbour and marina, is a smaller shallow bay and nicely protected. As a result, the water is warm and has a stunning turquoise colour, this is a true beauty spot! You might just spend a day staring it from the beach-side tables provided by the restaurants and cafe! The property above El Portet is the most exclusive and is priced accordingly.
Both towns have impressive festivals, parades and town parties throughout the year. One of the best known to visitors is the Christians and Moors festival where on the beach you can see a re-enactment of Moors landing and battling with the locals! Whilst Teulada is known to have the biggest and best fireworks display during their festivals every year in April.
Teulada once was a Gothic age, walled town. The walls are gone but the old town is very complete and interesting to explore. The impressive Santa Catalina church is a great place to start! As a juxtaposition, Teulada has an ultra-modern Auditorium which hosts concerts and performances of all types. This building has been recognised by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) with an award for Innovative Architecture.