THE BIG BIRTHDAY TRIP 2016 travel blog

Calpe Rock


Moraira Campsite

Campsite men's shower block door

Campsite men's toilet block door

Campsite ladies shower block door

Campsite ladies toilet block door

View of marina from walk to tower

Look out tower

Walk to tower

Moraira festival


Singers at the festival

Doing the conga

Some sort of Spanish line dancing

Last year we visited Moraira on market day but then went on to Javea. This time we thought we would spend a few days there. It is a small seaside town with a large marina and popular with both tourists and ex-pats wanting to live in a sunnier climate.

Our campsite was quite small (compared with some further along the coastline) and intimate and had a lovely friendly feel about it. Most plots have trees for shade which would be very much appreciated in the hot summer but this time of year we all ended up playing musical chairs to ensure we were sat in the sunshine. Also the best showers EVER!! You can see from the photos the doors of the showers and toilets were easily recognisable!!

We had a visit from our friends Alan and Sharon whom we met through Don and Meg in Morocco. They now have a home in Moraira and we can see the attraction.

During our time there we cycled the 9 miles to Calpe (my old stomping ground from the 80’s) on undulating bendy roads. It was surprisingly easier than we expected and only took about 40 minutes. We had one or two things to do there and then had some lunch on one of the many seafront restaurants. The lunch was very good if not a bit filling bearing in mind we had to cycle back.

Calpe is well known for its unusual rock known as Penyal d’Ifach. We thought we may well come back in a day or so and climb it. Sadly, we ran out of time but we did manage a walk from Moraira up to an old look out post which gave some great views over the marina.

We also cycled the 9.5 miles to Javea which was even tougher than the cycle ride to Calpe. It didn’t help that by the time we arrived it was drizzly and we were quite damp and cold. We stopped for a coffee and the friendly Spanish waitress kindly took our waterproofs and put by a heater to dry out.

When you order cafe con leche in Spain, you usually get more than just a sachet of sugar in the saucer. Quite often you get a tasty biscuit. On this occasion we got a separate tray with two small glasses of orange juice, two small glasses of water and a piece of delicious cake each. All for the price of the two coffees 3 Euros!! In Moraira having visited the market we had coffees and this time besides a tasty biscuit we got a small glass of Advocat with a topping of cream, delicious.

On Sunday we came across some live music as we walked down to the marina A young couple singing Spanish pop songs and lots of adults and children in fancy dress dancing. We don’t know what the cause of celebration was but it was fun to see the Spanish enjoying themselves.

We liked staying in Moraira, the town is a little more refined than some of the surrounding towns such as Calpe, no high rise apartments (well two small ones). So much so we stayed 8 nights before we moved on. We will be back.

Note: The journal mapping system is not as good as the Get Jealous one, I cannot update the map without making an entry so each time we move I will add a new entry and the journal will follow later on. Also I note that the places on the map don't link up. Sadly I had a virus on my diary and therefore did not renew it as they weren't able to sort it out for me.

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