Like many Spanish towns, Almoradi has changed hands through history and has been occupied by Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and the Moors before the final conquest by the Christians. Unfortunately much of these historic influences were lost following a devastating earthquake in 1829. It was practically flattened and had to be rebuilt completely, but there is still some great architecture on show, including the fantastic old casino and the theatre that is still in use today for concerts and performances.
In recent times Almoradi has become increasingly popular with the ex-pat community seeking a thriving, traditional Spanish town as opposed to some of the coastal towns that are manic in the summer and very quiet in the winter. The town is also located only 15km from Orihuela and some 30 minutes from the coast at Guadamar del Segura and it’s surrounding beaches. Good access to the airport at Alicante has also added to it’s appeal.
The town’s economy relies mainly on agriculture, which is a legacy of the Moors who built an array of irrigation networks. The land remains fertile today with the main produce being oranges and lemons. You will also find some great furniture made in Almoradi , a trade that has flourished here.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants that you’d expect in a busy town, and the Saturday market in the main square is renouned in the region. The main square itself is a great place to relax, have a drink and people watch both day and night. All in all Almoradi comes recommended as both a place to visit and live.