Tips and Informations
The destination airport is either Alicante (approx. 80 km from Moraira) or Valencia (approx. 110 km from Moraira). You can find cheap flight offers via the usual travel portals on the internet.
If you are arriving by plane, it is advisable to hire a car directly from the airport and return it there on departure. Make sure you book your rental car in advance, otherwise it can happen, especially in the high season, that there is no rental car available or you have to wait a very long time for the documents to be issued and a car to be made available. You will need a Credit Card to rent a car.
Getting to the villa
You can easily find the house with the navigation function of google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/SutuZFzgCSSabkmB6. The address is Calle Benidorm 1, E-03720 Teulada-Moraira. Or just search google maps for „villa tossal“.
Travel cancellation insurance
The risk of not being able to take part in the trip you have booked and paid for in part or in full (e.g. in the event of illness) lies with you. We therefore recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. You can easily take out cancellation insurance online. Please note that the travel cancellation insurance can only be taken out within a few days of booking the trip!
Other travel insurances
Other recommended travel insurances are
Travel interruption insurance
Travel health insurance with medical emergency assistance (see next section)
There are also inexpensive package offers that include all these types of insurance, including cancellation insurance, and are considerably cheaper than taking out individual insurance policies.
Health insurance abroad
If you are a member of the EU your health insurance card is valid in all EU and EEA countries. On the back of the health insurance card is the so-called EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). If in doubt, please ask your health insurance company directly. In the event of illness, you are entitled to treatment in Spain as a legally insured person, just like any other Spanish socially insured person.
We strongly recommend that you take out additional travel health insurance. If you really need medical help, you can go to any licensed private doctor or to one of the numerous private clinics (practically all German-speaking doctors in Spain only treat privately!), and in the case of serious illnesses you are also entitled to transport home. It is also worthwhile for privately insured persons to take out health insurance abroad, as you will not lose any premium refunds, have no excess and benefit from the usually very uncomplicated processing of the reimbursement of costs.
The motorways in France are subject to tolls, which must be paid in sections at toll stations. The Spanish motorways are still partially subject to tolls, although more and more sections of the coastal motorway are being made free. At the toll stations, the fee can be paid either in cash or by credit card at the specially designated lanes, marked with a credit card symbol. Payment by credit card is usually quicker and very uncomplicated. Do not use the lane marked „VIAT“, this is usually reserved exclusively for subscribers equipped with a wireless payment system!
Tap water is safe, but it is sometimes heavily chlorinated and therefore does not smell or taste very good. For cooking, ice cubes, coffee and tea, it is better to use purchased drinking water, which you can buy cheaply in 5l canisters in any supermarket.
You can get everything at the international shopping centre „Pepe la Sal“ at the entrance to the San Jaime Villa Park. Open Monday to Saturday until 8 or 9 pm, on Sunday until 1.30 or 2 pm (depending on the season).
Cheaper shopping is available at Lidl and Mercadona in Benissa (directly on the main road) or at Consum, Aldi, Lidl and Mercadona in Calpe (just follow the coast south into Calpe, you can’t miss it). Between Moraira and Benitachell there is also a commercial area with an Aldi and a Mercadona, next to it there is a huge Chinese shop „El Corte Chino“ where you can get pretty much everything (except food) at unbeatable prices.
In Moraira, opposite the petrol station, there is a small „Open Cor“ supermarket that is open 365 days a year, almost around the clock. In summer, other supermarkets are also open on Sundays, e.g. the large Lidl between Moraira and Teulada.
About 20 kilometres to the north, directly on the national road N-332, right next to the motorway exit „Ondara – Denia“, you can’t miss the large shopping mall LA MARINA. In addition to a gigantic and reasonably priced Carrefour supermarket, it contains a large number of shops, including Mango, Zara, Bershka, C&A, a DIY store, a specialist market for electronics and electrical appliances, a wide selection of fast-food restaurants (including McDonalds, of course), a cinema, an amusement arcade and much more. Tip: Take a trip to the large beach of Denia, and on the way there or back, go shopping in the air-conditioned shopping centre. The journey from the Benissa slip road via the motorway only takes about 10 minutes, via the winding national road about 40 minutes.
There is a large Carrefour hypermarket in Benidorm in the industrial estate (exit Benidorm – Poniente). There is also a large shopping centre („La Marina“).
Almost everything – except food – is particularly cheap at the Chinese shops, of which there are at least 4 in small Moraira alone.
Textiles, shoes and leather goods are plentiful and cheap in the many small shops in Benidorm, near the Levante beach. There is a central underground car park under the town hall (Ayuntamiento, near the old town). From there you can explore the shopping area of Benidorm on foot. Be sure to make a detour to the nice old town between Levante and Poniente beaches, where a really nicely designed large viewing platform offers a great panoramic view of the entire Benidorm skyline, the harbour and both beaches!
The weekly markets also offer food and many stalls with textiles, leather goods and all kinds of bric-a-brac. A list of the weekly markets and flea markets can be found below.
I recommend the internet portal www.tripadvisor.de. There you will find descriptions and recommendations of restaurants for each place, written by the guests, and in my experience so far mostly accurate.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer easy to find an authentic flamenco show. Most of the „tablaos“ have closed down in recent years. There are flamenco shows as a supporting programme in some eateries, but they are usually sevillanas dance performances that have little to do with real flamenco. In summer, a flamenco group usually plays one evening a week at the beautifully located beach bar „Xiringuito L’Espigó“ directly on the beach „Cala Advocat“. You can find the weekly programme at www.lespigoxiringuito.es
The „Benidorm Palace“ also usually has flamenco shows as part of the evening revue shows (with or without dinner). www.benidorm-palace.com
Below you will find a list of the markets in the area. The market is always only in the morning, and is dismantled at around 2 pm.
Wednesdays: Benidorm, Benitachell, Teulada
Thursdays: Alicante (near the bullring), Jávea, Pego
Fridays: L’Alfas del Pí, Gata de Gorgos, Denia, Moraira, Oliva
Saturdays: Alicante, Benissa, Calpe, Gandía
You can easily find the Friday market in Moraira in the large car park next to the amusement park.
Alicante: Every 2nd Sunday 11am to 3pm, Plaza Quijano.
Benidorm: Saturdays and Sundays 9-14:30, on the national road between Altea and Benidorm
Benissa: Tuesdays 9am to 2pm, Glorieta on the national road
Calpe: Wednesdays 8am to 2pm behind the Plaza Catedral
Denia: Fridays from 8 am in the Torrecremada area
Jalón/Xaló: Saturdays 8 am – 2 pm
Pedreguer: Sundays 9 am – 2 pm on the national road, exit next to Shell petrol station
Vergel: Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm at the safari park
Of particular interest is the flea market (Rastro) in Jalón (through Benissa, then inland to Jalón/Xaló) every Saturday until 2pm.
Bars & Discos
The beach bar „Algas“ directly on the small rocky beach Andragó is a very good place to enjoy cocktails or the café in the afternoon. It also serves breakfast and small meals. La Cabana“ is practically behind it with cocktails and tasty small dishes. In Moraira itself there are a few bars, the place is not big, you will discover them for sure. Good cocktails are also available directly at the marina. In summer you can sit very nicely at night in the cocktail bar WATER directly on the sandy beach of Moraira.
Moraira offers little for young people who want to turn night into day. The Saxo Disco Garden, an open-air cocktail and disco bar under palm trees opposite the sandy beach in Moraira, is nice. Info: www.facebook.com/saxodiscogarden. Live bands play there practically every day at 6 pm, and the disco is open after midnight. The OPE discotheque between Moraira and Teulada www.ope-moraira.com is relatively new, with a beautiful open-air terrace. Other options for young night owls are nearby in Calpe or Javea.
Undoubtedly the best clubs and discos on the coast are close together on the outskirts of Benidorm. The coastal narrow-gauge railway from Alicante to Denia also stops here, at the „Discotecas“ stop. The biggest and best known are Pacha, Ku, KM, Amnesia, Privilege X and Penelope, most of which have a disco pub of the same name right on the Levante beach. Usually you go to the pub first and then move on to the disco around 2am. It can be lunchtime there before closing time. In terms of size, facilities and atmosphere (including go-go’s), the clubs in Benidorm can hardly be compared with Ibiza.
The main sandy beach of Moraira, the „Playa d’Ampolla“, is located directly next to the town of Moraira and is equipped with a children’s playground and several bars/restaurants. More idyllic is the small sandy bay of El Portet (at the roundabout of Moraira follow the sign „El Portet 1,5 km“), also there are small bars directly on the beach.
The small beach „Platgetes“ consists of sand and rocks, it is rather quiet.
„L’Andragó“ is a small rocky bay next to the beach club „Algas“. Very good for snorkelling!
Between Moraira and Calpe there are several idyllic bays, mostly with rocky beaches, where you can really see lots of fish when snorkelling. In the neighbouring town of Calpe, there are very large and wide sandy beaches on both sides of the rock, with a beach promenade, bars and shops.
The large sandy beach of Jávea has a great promenade with a variety of bars and shops, and in the evenings there is always a nice artists‘ market here in the season.
The longest and most beautiful beach „Las Marinas“ can be found in Denia. Either drive via Teulada and the basket weaving village of Gata, or take an exit via the motorway, then enter Denia and follow the signs for „Las Marinas“. Las Marinas beach is slightly reminiscent of the Italian Adriatic, with beach restaurants, sun loungers, parasols and pedal boats. Ideal for children.
The beaches of the Costa Blanca are unusually clean and are regularly awarded the „blue flag“!
Places of interest / excursions
Peñon de Ifach
The rock of Calpe, also called „Little Gibraltar“, is the landmark of the Costa Blanca. At the foot of the rock, where it is connected to the mainland, there is a fishing harbour, a marina and several fish restaurants. In the high season it is very „touristy“, otherwise it is quite nice. There are hiking trails on the rocks themselves, and the view is unique. Please do not underestimate, sturdy shoes are absolutely necessary!
From the harbour in Calpe (at the foot of the rock „Peñon de Ifach“) you can start various interesting boat trips, e.g. coastal tours, trips to neighbouring towns, sunset on a large catamaran, trips on the „Vision Submarina“, a motor catamaran with large underwater windows. Throughout the day, trips depart at hourly intervals, and you can’t miss the kiosk with the ticket office.
Valley of Jalón
The valley is known for its scenic beauty. It begins a little way inland from Benissa. The village of Jalón is still very Spanish, the flea market on Saturdays is one of the most beautiful on the Costa Blanca. In the „Cooperativa“ you can buy wines from the area very cheaply directly from the producer.
Gata de Gorgos
This place is not too far from Teulada. Just take the national road from Teulada towards Valencia and you won’t miss Gata. The village is famous for its wicker and rattan goods, which are sold directly from the producers along the main street.
The town of Denia (approx. 30,000 permanent inhabitants) offers life and good shopping facilities all year round, in addition to its elevated old castle and large harbour. Denia’s sandy beach is one of the longest on the Costa Blanca. Especially in the quiet winter, Denia is worth a trip. The coastal road is nicer, the motorway considerably faster.
Aitana Safari Park
Safari park with an area of 1,500,000 square metres. There are elephants, llamas, giraffes, fallow deer, dromedaries, hippos, rhinos, lions, tigers, etc. to see. The best time of day to visit the park is from 11:00 to 15:00, as this is when the animals are fed. Admission for adults is about 17 euros (2011). The park is located in the mountains (Sierra Aitana) at an altitude of over 1,000 m, about 35 km northwest of Benidorm. The address is Carretera Villajoyosa-Alcoy , 03815 Penàguila. GPS coordinates: N 38º 38′ 49“, W 0º 20′ 35“ www.safariaitana.com
Vall de Gallinera
Wonderful high valley with lush vegetation and beautiful old villages, several good and inexpensive restaurants. Access via Ondara and Pego.
Benidorm, also known as „Little Manhattan“ because of its eye-catching skyscraper skyline, is populated all year round by holidaymakers of all nationalities. The city offers the densest concentration of shops and pubs on the entire Costa Blanca. An evening stroll along the beach promenade of „Playa Levante“ and into the small but very beautiful old town is always fun. At the highest point of the old town, right next to the church and above the harbour, there is a beautifully developed viewing platform with 360-degree views of the northern and southern beaches and the impressive skyline. A small artists‘ market also takes place here every evening. Central parking is available in the underground car park under the town hall (Ayuntamiento).
A recommendable theme park near Benidorm, with a huge wooden roller coaster and an „invertive coaster“, a roller coaster with suspended seats. Just take the motorway to „Benidorm – Playa Poniente – Terramitica“ and allow plenty of time. You will need several hours to see everything. The visit is worthwhile above all because of the impressive scenery – the Cheops Pyramid, the Colosseum, the port of Alexandria, to name just a few of the highlights. Information is available on the internet at www.terramiticapark.com.
Wildlife park above Benidorm right next to Terra Mitica. Connected to it is the water amusement park „Aqua Natura“. There are also combination tickets for both parks. Terra Natura is a private zoo with many interesting animals and attractions. Not only are animals exhibited here in large outdoor enclosures, but the landscape, plants and buildings in the zoo are also adapted to the respective theme region. The zoo is divided into the regions Asia and America (the two focal points) and Europe. Entrance fees are around 20 euros for adults, with the water park around 29 euros. www.terranatura.com
On the northern edge of Benidorm is the water amusement park „Aqualandia“. Here you can find huge water slides and other attractions around cool bathing fun. From the park you have a wonderful view of the sea and Benidorm. Information is available on the Internet at www.aqualandia.net.
On the northern edge of Benidorm, next to the Aqualandia water park, is Mundomar, a kind of marine zoo with a dolphin show, sea lions, sea turtles, crocodiles, aquariums and much more. Beautifully laid out. Best visited outside the tourist season. Information is available on the Internet at www.mundomar.es
Castillo Conde de Alfaz
In the replica of the knight’s castle „Magic Excalibur“ between Benidorm and Alfaz del Pí, knight tournaments take place, complete with dinner menu, which you eat during the knight spectacles. Not cheap, but an experience for the whole family. www.desafiomedieval.com
Fuentes de Algar
The waterfalls of Algar are located a few kilometres inland at Altea/Benidorm in the mountains. Standard tourist attraction, should be seen at least once. Access via the A-7 motorway Altea exit or the N-332 national road towards Callosa dén Sarriá. From there, the access to the „Fuentes del Algar“ is well signposted. Opening times vary depending on the season. The site opens at 10.30 am at the latest and closes at 5 pm at the earliest. The entrance fee also varies depending on the season and is two and three euros, children between four and ten years pay half. There are discounts for young people, students and pensioners.
Castillo de Guadalest
Old rock village high up in the mountains, a bit inland above Benidorm. Don’t miss the museum in a large old house (small entrance fee), which also leads to the rock cemetery above the village and offers a beautiful view of the mountains and the reservoir. The miniature museum is also quite interesting.
Cave of Benidoleig
Near Denia, the village of Benidoleig is located in the depression of the Sierra de Seguili at an altitude of 131 metres, surrounded by fields. Hiking enthusiasts can climb the mountain peaks here. However, the real attraction of Benidoleig is the cave called Cueva de las Calaveres (Cave of the Skulls), which is 1.5 km outside the village, 400 m long and up to 50 m high. The cave is open daily from 9am – 8pm all year round.
Cuevas de Canalobre
The stalactite cave of Canalobre is located high in the mountains about 3 km north of Busot, 10 km south of Jijona and 24 km northeast of Alicante. It is 150 m long and has coloured lighting that highlights the natural colouring and fantastic shapes. The cave has impressive acoustics and is regularly used for concerts and festivals. From the high entrance you have a wonderful view over the coast and the capital Alicante. Information is available on the Internet at www.canelobre.com.
Alicante – Alacant
As a medium-sized coastal city with a permanent population of around 300,000, Alicante offers a wide range of possibilities. Nowhere on the Costa Blanca are there better shopping opportunities. There are large department stores (El Corte Inglés), several shopping centres, the market halls, several weekly markets and the artists‘ market on the harbour promenade „Explanada“. A large complex consisting of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops was built directly into the harbour a few years ago. From the harbour you can take daily boat trips to the island of Tabarca (nature and marine reserve). There are several museums, theatres, the old castle of Alicante where exhibitions take place regularly, the excavation site of the old Roman settlement „Lucentum“, the idyllic old town centre below the castle, hundreds of restaurants of all kinds, of course also bars and discos, and and and……. All in all, Alicante is an extremely lively and friendly city, around the clock and all year round! Tip: Experience one of the most impressive fiestas in Spain, the „Hogueras de San Juan“ or „Fogueres de Sant Joan“ at the turn of the sun at the end of June. The highlight always takes place from 18 to 24 June, with the burning of the „Fallas“ (huge sculptures made of wood and papier-mâché all over the city) on 24 June. Afterwards, the „Fireworks Competition“ takes place at midnight for 4 more days, with superlative fireworks. Detailed information and pictures can be found under the link http://www.hogueras.org or via google search.
The national capital has almost 1 million inhabitants and is the third largest city in Spain. In addition to a really beautiful historic old town and excellent shopping facilities, since 2002 Valencia has offered a completely newly built district near the harbour, the „Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias“ (City of Arts and Sciences). Of particular interest is the „Oceanografic“, the largest oceanographic facility in Europe. Here you will find animals from all the oceans of the world in a multitude of basins and aquariums. Two approx. 70 m long tunnels lead through the middle of the giant aquariums with sharks, rays and tropical fish. A great dolphin show is also part of the programme. There is also the „Palacio de las Artes“ (Palace of the Arts), the „Hemisferic“ (IMEX cinema, planetarium, laser shows), the „Museo de las Ciencias“ (Science Museum) and the „Umbracle“, an architecturally elaborate walkway with tropical plants and sculptures. Detailed information can be found on the internet at http://www.cac.es. From 15 to 19 March, Valencia’s „Fallas“ take place every year, the „undoubtedly most spectacular festival in the world“ as the Valencians like to call it. Similar to Alicante, only much bigger and more spectacular, artistic figures made of wood and papier-mâché, some of them over 20 metres high, are erected and finally burnt, certainly far more than 100 pieces, many of them worth several thousand euros. You often hear that Spaniards „like to party“. Take a look at the Fallas in Valencia and you will see: That is the understatement of the century. You can find detailed information (in English) at the link http://www.fallasfromvalencia.com. Or do your own research on the internet by searching for „Fallas“ and „Valencia“.
Sports and leisure activities
There are a number of golf courses on the Costa Blanca. These are the closest:
Club de Golf Ifach – 9-hole course in the San Jaime villa park, very close to the villa.
Club de Golf Jávea – 9-hole course between Benitachell and Jávea.
Golf Club La Sella – 18-hole course in the Denia/Jávea area
Golf Don Cayo – 9-hole course in the mountains of Altea
There are several other courses around Alicante and to the south. You can find more information on the Internet at www.golfcostablanca.org/ger/.
In the Sol Park between Moraira and Teulada there are two mini-golf courses practically next to each other (from Moraira approx. 1,000 m in the direction of Teulada, on the left-hand side). In Javea, there is a mini-golf course near the large sandy beach „Arenal“ directly behind the Burger King. In Benidorm there is a mini golf course on the roof of the shopping centre „La Marina“.
The sailing school „Magellan“ in Moraira (Avenida de la Paz 10) offers various sailing courses and trips. Information can be found at www.segelschule-magellan.com. Sailing and motor yachts can of course also be chartered, with or without a skipper, for a day or longer. Most charter companies can be found at the yacht club „Luís Campomanes“ between Calpe and Altea and at the harbour of Denia.
The most famous exchange school is Scuba Moraira (www.scubamoraira.com) directly on the coastal road between Moraira and San Jaime. You can also book a trial course here.
At the kart track „La Font Santa“ you can rent karts of every category: Children’s karts, double-seaters, fun karts (40 km/h), sports karts (60 km/h) and racing karts (80 km/h). The facility is well signposted and is located on the road between Teulada and Moraira.
There are several tennis courts in the area. The closest one is in the San Jaime villa park, next to the Ifach Golf Club and the „La Micheta“ restaurant. Club de Tenis Buenavista has 6 clay courts (floodlit), lessons, bar/cafeteria/children’s playground. Just take the coastal road towards Calpe until you reach the turn-off „Benissa/Pedramala“, turn off there, the tennis complex is in the Buenavista villa development. There are more tennis courts in the Sol Park in Moraira (from Moraira approx. 1,000 m in the direction of Teulada, on the left-hand side).
Centro Hipico Javea
Carretera Javea-Gata Km 4, 03730 Javea-Alicante
Tel. + Fax 96 579 67 33, www.hipicojavea.com
Well-kept and really recommendable riding stable with riding school under German/Spanish management, German-speaking riding instructors, rides, horse boarding. On the main road between Gata and Javea, 15-20 minutes by car.
On the internet you will find an overview of organised deep-sea fishing tours at this address: www.dpesca.com/en/fishing-valencia-and-alicante.html.
If you should ever need medical help, you will find a large number of doctors and dentists in the Moraira area, including German or German-speaking ones (but mostly only for private patients or with additional travel health insurance!) By the way, „Clinica“ is a medical centre, „Ambulancia“ is the name of public treatment stations without hospital rooms (the insurance card of European statutory health insurance companies is also valid here), hospitals are called „Hospital“. Here is a selection of private medical centres:
Avda. País Valencia 19, Benissa, directly on the main thoroughfare, next to the Martinez furniture store and opposite Milar-Giner and the Costa Blanca News. General medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, ear, nose and throat medicine, dietetics, dental practice, pedicure/foot care and Chinese acupuncture. International doctor. All info can be found at www.clinicabenissa.com.
There is a 24-hour emergency service (multilingual), available at 639-604269.
Ctra. Moraira-Calpe 124, 03724 Moraira (coastal road towards Moraira, left-hand side).
Tel. 96 6491259, 24-hour on-call service 608 444098
Small private clinic, also English doctors, all specialities
Gynaecologist, uro-gynecologist, surgeon, orthopaedist, spine specialist, ophthalmologist, physiotherapist, medical chiropodist, hearing aid specialist, laboratory medicine
Avda. de Madrid, Edif Visort, pasaje, Tel. 96 6490707, Emergencies: 629 67 3070
Medical centre with specialists in all major fields
Centro Médico Moraira
Avda. El Portet 45, 03724 Moraira, Tel. 966 492 474
Medical centre with specialists in all major fields
Clinica Asistel (24 hrs.)
Ctra. Moraira-Benitachell, 03724 Moraira (Urb. Villotel), Tel: 96 649 50 06
Can’t be missed on the right side of the road when driving from Moraira towards Teulada/Benitachell. There is always someone there who speaks English.
General medicine and emergencies, psychiatry, cardiology, gynaecology, radiology, ophthalmology, accident surgery, dermatology, oncology, ear, nose and throat specialist, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Psychology, Audiology, Plastic Surgery, Dentist
You will also find a doctor and a dentist just opposite the Pepe la Sal shopping centre on the coastal road.
Without private or travel health insurance (costs less than lunch), you can get help at the public outpatient clinics with a foreign health certificate or EU insurance card, in any town. The nearest one is in Teulada, signposted „Centro de Salud – Centre Salut“. However, whenever possible we would advise you to use the private alternatives.
Villa TOSSAL is equipped with wireless internet access. You will find the access data on the router. The house is connected to the internet via a fast 300 Mbit/sec fibre optic line.
There is free public WIFI in the town of Moraira, as well as in practically all bars and restaurants. The mobile network is almost seamless, you will have internet access with your smartphone practically everywhere.
If you are on holiday for a few weeks, mail delivery will not be an issue for you. However, for long-term holidaymakers or people staying over winter, it is important to know that the post in Spain is only delivered within built-up areas. Letter delivery is not possible in the Villa TOSSAL. In case of a longer stay, I recommend renting a private post office box in Moraira, which can be done in advance via the internet: www.lettersrus.net or www.totalpostal.com/Total%20Postal%20Moraira_de.html. These private service providers also accept parcels.
Important telephone numbers
Emergency calls: General 112, Fire Brigade 085, Guardia Civil 062
Taxi Benissa: 0034-965-731407
Taxi Moraira-Teulada: 0034-966-491220