Taxi Services - There
are a dozen or so private taxis licensed to operate in the Teulada/Moraira
area and there is a taxi rank on the Avenida de Madrid in Moraira Village
with a telephone available in case there is no cab waiting on the rank.
A telephone call from any bar, restaurant, disco or the like, will speedily
bring a cab to the door.
Car-Hire - Due
to the general layout and terrain, a car is a necessity in most Moraira
areas. Bearing in mind the distance from the airport and the cost of a taxi
transfer, the most convenient
arrangement could be to have a hire car for collection and return at the airport.
The easiest and cheapest way is to book online and pay with a credit card
and you could try our
Cheap Car-Hire Search Page.
If you are already in Moraira
it may be easiest to hire a car locally and there are several firms in the area who are geared up for this service.
Autos Moraira are centrally located next to Moraira petrol station,
Charlie RentaCar, who also have bicycles and a public phone and fax
service, are at the Los Pinos Centre and Mr Car is just outside
Moraira on the Calpe Road close to the junction with Camino del Campamento.
Travel - Moraira is served by two airports: Alicante (approx 45 minutes
drive) and Valencia (75 minutes).
There are a large number of "No Frills" and Scheduled Services to all
European destinations. The easy way is to book online with a credit card and
you could try our
Cheap Flight Finder for the Costa Blanca.
If you are already in Moraira then Silver Travel at the Barclaycentre
provide a Cheap Flight search and will arrange your flight for a small fee.
Moraira Shops and
Petrol - The petrol
stations in Moraira and Teulada are open from 06:00 until 22:00 every day of
the year. Outside these times fuel can be obtained on the N332
Alicante/Valencia Road at GATA and CALPE (APPROX. 25 Kms to either).
On the A-7 Motorway, there is a 24-hour service station at VILLAJOYOSA
(approx. 45 Kms in the direction of ALICANTE) but the GATA service area
(approx. 25 Kms in the direction of VALENCIA) closes at 23'00 and there is
no fuel until the end of the motorway (approx. 80 Kms).
Police "Services" on the
Roads - When driving please remember that Spain has just introduced new
traffic laws which come into line with the rest of the European Community.
In particular remember that seatbelts and crash helmets now have to be worn
and that the drinking and driving laws are as strict, and the
penalties as severe as in other countries.
The car documents must be carried at all times and these are the "Ficha
Tecnica", "Permiso de Circulación" and a valid insurance certificate.
Also, in the case of a hired car, there must be a valid contract for hire
with alternative NAMED drivers and the driving licence of the
person behind the wheel.
If the licence is a normal British one (without the
holder's photo for identification) then a passport must be carried as well.
At the time of writing there has been much said in the Spanish press about
the large number of vehicles on the roads without proper documentation and
the Guardia Civil are making regular spot checks.
If you are stopped without documents it is not simply a case of production
at the nearest police station within 5 days. There is a mandatory deposit of
300 Euros against the production of the papers in Alicante within 7 days
and, in the case of lack of funds, insurance or a driving licence, you could
The Guardia Civil have access from their vehicles to the national computer
which holds records of all Spanish drivers and vehicles but of course this
does not include any visitors.
Particular care should be taken when approaching road junctions and
roundabouts in respect of the right of way. If there is the international
red triangle sign a broad white line or the usual white triangle painted on
the road then you must stop COMPLETELY - even if there is no other vehicle
There could be a Guardia Civil, ready to fine you on the spot,
hidden behind a wall.
ACCIDENTS: If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an
accident then the procedure is the same as anywhere. If anyone is injured or
there is damage (other than to the vehicles involved) then the police MUST
be called and the vehicles not moved until they arrive. This could be either
the Guardia Civil or the Municipal Police. Even if there are no injuries
and you suspect that the other driver has been drinking or does not have the
correct documents then it is wise to call the police anyway.
The Guardia Civil -
Spain is like any other country and petty crime, unfortunately, is a fact of
Be as wary on holiday as you would be at home. Lock your villa, even
when you are outside around the pool, do not leave luggage, handbags,
cameras or other valuables in your unattended car and ensure that it is
always locked. In crowded areas, particularly street markets, keep your bag
closed and in front of you, not hung over your shoulder.
Please don't have your wallet on display i.e. visible in your back pocket -
an open invitation to pickpockets!
If you are unlucky enough to be robbed you should go to the Guardia Civil
and make a statement, as this would be required in order to claim against
your holiday insurance.
Few police stations have an interpreter, so it is
always best to find out first if you don't speak Spanish. If your passport
is stolen you would have to obtain a temporary travel document from the
British Consular Offices in Alicante. If you lose travellers cheques or
credit cards, please remember to have them stopped or cancelled immediately.
Moraira Shops and
Estate Agents and Estate
Management - Acquiring a property in Spain used to be a precarious
business for the unwary but in recent years legislation has been
introduced to protect the buyer.
This applies particularly to the Escritura
(Title Deed) as the Notary now has to ensure that a search has been made
beforehand at the Land Registry.
This, however, does still not provide 100%
security for the buyer as there could still be "encumbrances" that the
search does not reveal.
There are some taxes and municipal rates, for
example, which are charged against the property (as opposed to the owners)
and these can go back for 5 years.
Additionally the building itself could be
partly or wholly without the necessary building license or it could be at risk
of compulsory purchase due to road widening or improvements.
The only sensible and logical way therefore is to employ a lawyer (abogado)
or a licensed estate agent (A.P.I.) The API´s provide a particularly vital
service as their training requires a minor law degree and a specialized
course of study, with a national diploma, in property transaction and
management. Their college has a very strict code of ethics and, although
they may act for the buyer and seller at the same time, they have an
obligation to refer either or both parties to a lawyer if the matter is
beyond their jurisdiction.
The fact that they are also restricted to
charging a maximum fee of 5% means that they are providing relatively
economical service with absolute security.
This is not to say that the buyer should not deal initially with the seller
(being the owner, developer or even an agent) but that, if this should be
the case then either an API or an Abogado should be employed for the
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and Service Agencies - Yet
another aspect of Estate Management is the renting of villas and apartments
and the provision of services. Quite recently the Local Tourist Authority
introduced legislation requiring the registration and classification of all
tourist properties (even those rented privately) and all of the agencies
involved in the business.
The Tourist Information Office has literature extolling the benefits of the
registration scheme, both from the point of view of the property owner and
the visitor, and will usually find a suitable property by phoning round the
Although it is still early days, some of the benefits are already
noticeable. It is one thing choosing ones holiday accommodation from a
glossy brochure or a colour photo but can be quite another when it is viewed
"in the flesh".
Although one can never be quite sure about quality and
condition without actually viewing a property the regulations have
established some fairly high minimum standards and, most important of all,
set up an arbitration scheme for investigating and resolving complaints.
Consequently if you have a complaint about your holiday accommodation and
it is not quickly resolved in a satisfactory manner then you should make a
complaint to the Municipal Tourist Information Office.
The Tourist Information Office would also gladly provide a full list of the
properly registered rental agencies.
It is also the opinion of the writer,
for what that is worth, that a well-run and dedicated agency provides a
valuable service to both owners and visitors.
Moraira Shops and
Health & Beauty - Being
relaxed and fit and feeling AND looking good are all part of the holiday
therapy and, if you are already in paradise the only place to go is to
Heaven at Los Pinos (Unisex hairdressing, manicure, pedicure, massage
Reflections Hair and Beauty Enhancement Studios offer a wide range of
treatments including Universal Contour Wrap, Toning Tables, Nail Extensions,
Hair Styling (Ladies and Gents) and Massage and Aroma Therapy for men - and
you can relax at the adjoining Coffee Shop.
Shopping - Moraira
Village provides all of the usual services demanded by a busy modern seaside
resort. Food-shops, banks, legal, communications etc. are well represented
and there a numerous boutiques, art galleries, gift and souvenir shops to
tempt the visitor with an excellent range of quality produce.
For those who prefer the less-hectic way of life, away from the village
centre, there are many more supermarkets, shops and restaurants
located in the outlying shopping centres which include large trolley-to-car
Food Shops - The normal
shopping hours are 9:00 to 13:00pm and 16:00 until 20:00pm and many shops
and supermarkets are open on Sundays and Fiestas but in the morning only.
Moraira Shops and