Moraira is a lovely, bustling international village with some of the best views in the world. Sit in a bar at the Marina and look out over the glistening Mediterranean towards Calpe rock or take your children to play on the pristine beaches. Restaurants cater for every taste from high end Michelin quality to fish and chips with restauranteurs as diverse as the town's residents: Italian, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, English, French, Dutch as well as numerous Spanish.

  The town bursts into life at the Fiestas that punctuate the year from the pinnacle of Moors and Christians each year in June to religious processions for First Holy Communion and the Blessing of the Fishermen.

 There is a funfair tucked away for younger children, homemade ice-cream at Tutto Frutto and a nightclub, Saxo, that kicks into life at around 2 am in the summer boogieing on until 8 am for older teenagers and adults. There is great shopping from high end designer to cheap and cheerful at the fine array of Chinese marts while stalls in the evenings selling handmade jewelry, panpipes and carved boxes for an evening browse.

Real Spain blends in with the international scene in Moraira; go to Mass in the church and find that although it is mainly in Spanish, prayers and readings are in a polyglot of French, Dutch, German and English as well because of the ex-pats who have made this former fishing village their home. If you have a hankering for practising your Spanish, a trip up the hill to Teulada, especially in July for its Medieval Festival will reward you with tiny cafes in quaint streets and twisting alleyways or head to the top of Calpe or Altea where old Spain is cheek by jowl with the ex-pat world and both the better for this. 

For a truly relaxing holiday in the sun, Moraira is hard to beat hence the myriad holiday villas that crowd the hillsides. Medical facilities are exemplary, crime is minimal and all around an hour's drive from Alicante aeroport. Children play in the town square in the warmth of the evening and teenagers chat and sing on the beach while their parents enjoy good food and wine without worrying.

It is a great base to explore inland; get in a car and drive about 30 km to the south west - here in the hills overlooking the Costa you will find ancient little villages where time stands still and untouched by the outside while (except TV of course!).  If you happen along a little sign around the town of Tarbena that says "Ca's Pelut" - you'd best get yourself in there and have the best Paella of your life. Visit Guadalest and the stunning waterfalls Fuentes Del Algar or the castle at Denia. There is culture here if you want it or you can spend your time in gorgeous little beaches and coves or find hiking trails and inland quiet country roads with incredible mountain vistas.