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Teulada Moraira

Castell de Moraira

The Castle of Moraira is one of the emblems of Teulada-Μoraira. It was built in the 18th century to defend the coast of the area from the constant attacks undertaken by Barbary pirates.

As far as its architecture is concerned, the castle has a horseshoe-shaped floor with a semicircular facade with a southern orientation and a single entrance gate in its northern part, above which stands the coat of arms of the Bourbons.

The interior is divided into three naves. The central nave has a surface area of 200 square metres and the lateral ones are smaller. Originally, they were covered by vaults and had no illumination other than the three windows of the facade. Its strict character and robustness were therefore enhanced, turning it into a very inaccessible place.

In front of the door there is a little chapel, which originally might have been inside the castle. A few metres away there is a cistern which served to provide the inhabitants of the fortress with water.

In the beginning of the 1980s, the fortress was restored following an approximation of what it must have looked like initially, as the original was abandoned and torn down.

Currently, the Castle of Moraira hosts a permanent exhibition about the watchtowers in the time of Felipe II and an audiovisual presentation in various languages about the sea and piracy; a different way to learn more about our history. (1)

(1) Comunitat Valenciana. (2022). Castell de Moraira. Comunitat Valenciana Turisme. https://www.comunitatvalenciana.com/va/alacant-alicante/teulada-moraira/monuments/castell-de-moraira

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