Orihuela City lies at the foot of the Sierra de Orihuela Mountains in the south of Spain's Costa Blanca. It is also a part of the large municipality of Orihuela that covers an area of just under 370 square kilometres and incorporates the extremely popular coastal resort area of Orihuela Costa. Once a kingdom, Orihuela is steeped in history and has an important agricultural industry producing a variety of fruit and vegetables as well as wool and silk, but in recent years has relied on its thriving tourism industry as its main economy.
Places Of Interest
A walk through Orihuela City centre reveals its Medieval past in the architecture of the buildings, and a favourite attraction for visitors in late January and early February is the vibrant Medieval Market with traditional stalls, street performances and shows. Visitors during July can enjoy the elaborate processions and re-enactment of battles that are part of the Festival of Moors and Christians.
The city has a variety of museums, five National Monuments, a beautiful old casino with intricate mosaic tiles, and the Teatro Circo theatre that hosts musical performances, concerts and plays. Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, the impressive Orihuela Cathedral boasts three grand entrances, soaring stone arches and an old bell tower.
Out & About
A walk along the banks of the Segura River takes you through Orihuela City centre where there are numerous shops, boutiques, cafes, tapas bars and restaurants. On Tuesday and Saturday there is a morning market where visitors can purchase fresh fruit, cheeses, cured meats, freshly baked bread and delicious pastries to enjoy a picnic in the shady grounds of Palmeral Park, or venture further afield to the Pinar de Bonanza Natural Park that offers a series of hiking trails and seating areas.
The grandly named Palacio del Agua (Water Palace) is a sports and recreation centre offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, tennis and padel courts, a football field, indoor soft play areas for the younger children and various other recreation and sporting facilities. Situated next to the sports centre is the Ociopia Shopping Complex that houses a number of shops, boutiques and eateries as well as a selection of popular high street brand shops such as Pull&Bear, Springfield, H&M, Fifty Factory and Bershka.