Things to Do and Places to Visit Orihuela Costa Blanca South
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Orihuela is a large municipality covering an area of 365 km2 and is the historical capital of the Vega Baja. The region can be split into three distinct zones; Orihuela City itself, the surrounding countryside and the coastal area known as the Orihuela Costa.
The countryside areas of the municipality of Orihuela include some 25 villages such as Entre Naranjos, Hurchillo, San Bartolomé and Torremendo as well as the La Pedrera Reservoir (featured separatley).
The Orihuela Costa, the coastal zone includes Dehesa de Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Punta Prima and Villamartin (featured separately).
Orihuela city is located some 35 km inland from the Orihuela Costa at the base of the imposing Sierra de Orihuela. The mountain range stretches for a distance of 9.4 km with the Peña de Orihuela as its highest point at 634 m. The Pinar de Bonanza, located on the southern side of the mountain, is a beautiful natural park and a great place for a picnic. It has a number of marked hiking trails to the top of the Sierra from where the views are simply stunning.
The historical centre of Orihuela is packed with museums and religious buildings, the most noticeable one being the Seminary of San Miguel which sits on the small hill overlooking the city. This is not open to the public, but the walk up is well worth it for the views. A visit to the tourist office is a must, you can collect a map and an up to date list of the museums with their prices and opening times.
The Reconquest Museum is very interesting as it houses a collection of costumes worn during the annual Moors and Christians celebrations and offers an insight into this interesting fiesta. The Easter Museum contains many of the floats that are used in the Easter Parades, a fiesta which has been declared as being of National Tourist Interest. The famous civil war poet Miguel Hernandez was born in Orihuela and the house where he once lived is now a museum all about his short life. There are many other museums, churches and buildings to visit and admire such as the Saint Domingo’s School, Sanctuary of our lady of Monserrate, Rubalcava Palace, Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and the City Walls Museum. Pop into the Casino with its beautiful tiled patio and see a concert or play at the Teatro Circo.
Even if you are not a museum lover, Orihuela is still worth a visit. You can enjoy a walk beside the Rio Segura which runs through the middle of the city, discover the Palmeral Park, browse the boutique shops, try the tapas bars, visit the Tuesday or Saturday morning market, shop at the Ociopia Mall or relax in the plazas and soak up the real Spanish atmosphere which Orihuela has in abundance.
There is a modern train station just over 1 km from the historical centre. You can either arrive into Orihuela, parking at a quieter station on the line or catch a train north, to Alicante and Elche, or south to Murcia and then beyond.
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