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The Orihuela area guide

Orihuela is a city situated in the province of Alicante, in Eastern Spain, and right underneath the Sierra de Orihuela mountains. Orihuela has a rich history, and was originally established by the Romans who gave it the name Orcelis, and then later Aurariola. It is also the historical capital of the Vega Baja, which is known as something as a 'comarque' in Spanish, somewhere in between a municipality and a province. Orihuela spans out for around 367.19 km² - reaching all the way to the Mediterranean coast - and is home to around 33,943 inhabitants, of which only 59.6% are Spanish, whilst a considerable proportion of residents happen to be British (20%).

Sights & Attractions

Orihuela Cathedral is perhaps the standout landmark in the city and is also the main Roman Catholic Church. It was originally created as a standard parish church at the behest of King Alfonso X of Castile in 1281, on the site of a pre-existing Moorish mosque, and was soon transformed into a cathedral in 1510. The building is based on a Valencian Gothic style from the Renaissance era but retains some Islamic influences in its design. These Moorish influences can also be sighted at the Castille de Orihuela, which is now just a ruin that overlooks Orihuela in the Monte de San Miguel area. The castle is a construction dating back to the Muslim conquest of Spain and gives a fascinating insight into the local history and culture of the city, and is also a great place to take in the magnificent views.

The town centre of Orihuela is filled with things to do and places of interest. There are a number of museums such as the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, the Regional Archaeological Museum of Orihuela, Miguel Hernández House-Museum and the Museum of the Reconquest. Orihuela has over 16km worth of beautiful beaches, which are just as popular with residents as they are with tourists. Each beach in Orihuela has Blue Flag status, which means that the sea contains water of excellent bathing quality, and that the beach meets requirements of the highest standard. The best beaches are arguably Le Zenia and Campoamor, although the other 12 all have a stake in this claim.

Restaurants & Cafés

Manolo is a lovely restaurant in Orihuela with a delicious tapas menu. This restaurant is particularly known for its fried zucchini with ham, bacalao and gamba. Restaurante El Divino is another great place to sample some local cuisine at affordable prices, while O'Sole Mio serves up a range of different Mediterranean dishes. Red Sea Café doubles up as a café and as a restaurant and fuses Israeli, Singaporean and Mediterranean cuisine in one.

Shopping

La Zenia Boulevard is a new shopping centre, and is actually the biggest shopping centre in the province of Alicante with over 150 shops, and 5000 free parking spots. Orihuela also has a shopping centre called Ociopia, which is open every day of the week, and has a range of different stores such as H&M, Bershka and C&A, while there is also a 3D cinema and a food court.

Orihuela Market is held every Tuesday from 8:00 to 14:00, where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables at very reasonable prices. There are also 3 other markets not too far off in San Miguel de Salinas, Torrevieja Market and Playa Flamenca.

Travel

The closest airport to Orihuela is El Altet Airport, although it has no direct connection, so a taxi may be more convenient. Orihuela-Miguel Hernández is the railway station that serves the city and trains here can take you to destinations such as Valencia, Barcelona and Catagena. There are regular bus services in Orihuela that operate daily and nightly, which connect to places such as Torrevieja and Murcia. For road users, the AP-7 or A-7 pass through Orihuela, while the N-332 passes along the coast, making it the best route to get to the beaches.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith


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