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Things to do in Orihuela

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  • Monuments
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  • Walks
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  • Museums
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  • Beaches
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  • Outdoors
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Churches in Orihuela
Santo Domingo Church
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The top 63 attractions in Orihuela

Shopping Malls in Orihuela
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Cathedrals in Orihuela
Orihuela Cathedral
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This 13th century cathedral has an interesting interior with a 17th century organ, carved wooden chairs, a couple of interesting chapels, and the cathedral museum, which houses occasional major works. Also, taking photos or videos inside is prohibited, discouraging many people from entering. However, the outside offers a nice walk and a little trip to the medieval era of the city. The sides of the cathedral have Gothic and Renaissance facades, and a cloister garden that will give you the smile you are looking for when travelling to new places and viewing pleasant situations around you.
Villages in Orihuela
Orihuela
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Situated 30 kilometers away from the old town you can find the coast of Orihuela. It is a large area of ​​open beaches with fine white sand and clear water, that forms cliffs and small coves. Here you will find beaches such as Zenia, a unique setting for surf lovers, Playa Flamenca, Punta Prima, Cabo Roig and Campoamor. It is a municipality offering beaches, which rises within the Costa Blanca and garden surrounded by mountains, and whose village is declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
Beaches in Orihuela
Cabo Roig Beach
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There are many factors that make this place our favorite. Cabo Roid has a very agreeable temperature year round. Its tranquil coves called Caleta and Capitan are united by a beautiful and extensive seaside path, where you'll find yourself relecting with each step you take. There's a small Nautical Club, a diverse supermarket, and open-air movie projections in the summer. If the movie bores you, you can always just look up and admire the stars. It's a special place, that's for sure. Located in the beaches of Orihuela, Murcia, just 35 minutes from the Alicante airport. It's 5 minutes away from the Campoamor bus stop and 49 km from the Cartegena train station. You can also get there by car, taking the A-37 express way towards Cartegena-Alicante. As you can tell, there's plenty of ways to get there, it's close to everything. Cabo Roid has been identified by the World Health Organization as one of the healthiest place on Earth. Its dry climate is especially beneficial for diseases like arthritis and asthma.
Museums in Orihuela
House Museum of Miguel Hernández
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Miguel Hernández is not only a great poet, but also the city’s greatest cultural reference. But, you can’t know about his poet without knowing his tragic history during the Spanish Civil War (a tragedy which took the lives of many other great and unknown men). He arrived at this house with his parents and siblings when he was just 4 years old. He spent only a decade in this house, but it was perhaps the most important decade of his life, filling him with rich experiences which would be the source of his poetry later on. The house is well-preserved and has many original elements that were typical of Spanish homes at the beginning of the 20th century. The rooms are decorated with photos of the poet and his family. It a must; in fact, when people find out that you’re a visitor, they’ll ask “have you been to Miguel Hernandez’s house yet?” The courtyards of the house-museum are basically in their original state, thanks to the hard work of the city hall. It’s only missing pets and livestock, specifically goats. Even the small exterior gardens are maintained, with the original vines to which he dedicated several poems, a fountain, and the jasmine plants so common in homes in Alicante. Throughout the courtyards and exterior gardens, you’ll find cactus, acacias, taros, and vines for shade.
Coves in Orihuela
La Zenia Beach
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What to say except that this is one of the beaches I like best on the Orihuela Costa. It has fine sand, a beach bar, two beach volleyball courts, water sports, lifeguards, toilets and too many other things to mention. The cove has a restaurant with a pool, rocks where you can go snorkeling, a lifeguard, Red Cross post and locked bathrooms. Sometimes there is entertainment such as flamenco shows, music etc. I hope you like it, as I am new at this.
Historical Monuments in Orihuela
Diocesan School of Santo Domingo
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Called the "Escorial de Levante". It was built between the early sixteenth until the mid-eighteenth century. Was once the former University of Orihuela and today is a nursery, a primary and a secondary school at the same time. On the south facade of the building there's a couple of Renaissance remnants. The Levante facade is small and modest and include a coat of arms on the beautiful windows. The project architect was Jerónimo Quijano (beautiful name, right?) in 1553 and important names such as John Inglés, Agustín Bernardino worked on it as well as Pedro Juan Raymundo Codoñer Francisco who worked on it during its final stages, in the mid-eighteenth century. Here you have a handful of really interesting photos...
Hiking in Orihuela
La Muela Cross
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There is no doubt that this is high place that posses both love and admiration. It stopped being a religious symbol and instead become a benchmark for the entire district of Vega Baja del Segura, located in the mountains of the wheel, the cross, and it has a great history and tradition. Currently there are hundreds of people that go there for sport or tourism by visiting this cross.
Churches in Orihuela
Santo Domingo Church
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This Dominican church dates back to the Reconquest of Murcia, and has maintained the canvas representation of the Battle of Lepanto. In the year 1270 King James I granted the Dominicans some land and built the Convent of Santo Domingo, Real Foundation, and its primitive church. The convent school was dedicated to Dominican students, and here they studied theology among other subjects. With the seizure it was demolished in the convent, and only the church was left standing. In the year 1886 the Confraternity of the Rosary yielded to the Jesuits, in order to rebuild the present church of Santo Domingo, the Society of Jesus taking care of his cult since. http://www.regmurcia.com/servlet/s.Sl?sit=c, 522, m, r = 162 & APEC-4440-R_260_DETALLE_REPORTAJES
Neighborhoods in Orihuela
Old Town of Orihuela
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The old quarters of the city is very populated and, although the houses are pretty old, there’s a great number of people. They breathe life to the historic area, in contrast to a lot of other cities, where people leave the center in search of more comfortable and modern lives. Here you’ll see some very typical Spanish sceneries, like neighbors talking while sitting on the steps leading up to their houses and kids plays with balls, running around, riding their bikes without having to worry about the traffic that dominates the majority of the Spanish cities. Narrow streets and facades of all colors and styles fill the city, perfect for taking interesting pictures and enjoying a pleasant stroll.
Squares in Orihuela
Gabriel Miró Roundabout
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The Glorieta de Orihuela has several zones: the fountain at one end, the bandstand in the middle, and the park area with swings etc. The esplanade in a great space to stroll along or sit for a while on the benches to relax. As a curiosity, note that it was remodeled in 2003 but is still dedicated to Franco, and was erected in 1977.
Squares in Orihuela
Marqués de Rafal Square
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The tourist town of Orihuela was declared a historical-artistic site of interest in 1969, and this plaza has come to be called "the jewel in the crown". From one of its corners or from the center you can see that, here, much attention has been paid to beautify the architectural treasure. In a city as monumental as Orihuela, additional reforms like this need to be done, to leave the plaza spotless. For example, if they reformed other places in this town as well as they did this place, it would make this town among the most beautiful in this country. It is located in the heart of the Old Town, which you'll get to after a pleasant and flat walk without difficulty, since almost all directions tend to go in or out of here ...
Hiking in Orihuela
Orihuela Mountains
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This is the highest part of the Sierra de Orihuela. It's a medium-low difficulty and the landscape is mainly pine, like most of the landscapes in this area. At the top, about 650 meters in altitude, in the middle of a great plain filled with houses, it takes way from being a big city. You can escape for a while and only hear the birds and the wind.
Hiking in Orihuela
Route to Pico Del Águila
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There’s nothing better to disconnect than hiking in the mountains. The town of Orihuela (Alicante) has varied and abundant natural spaces which offer visitors the chance to get to know the environmental, as well as cultural, offering in the region via its hiking trails and cycling routes. On this occasion, we went up to Pico de Águila. Even in the middle of September it was like being in August. Luckily, we started the hike pretty early and didn’t get too worn out by the heat. As we say in Spanish, “a quien madruga Dios le ayuda," (“God helps those who get up early”). We enjoyed beautiful views. During our ascent, we could hear the sounds of the town festival being held in nearby Aparecida in honor of the patron saint, Our Lady of Belén. We joked that they were welcoming us! We also enjoyed the descent and the chance to enjoy the rocky area full of fossils. Finally, we had a nice snack and reflected on our hike. The area has lots of routes which make every trip to the mountains different than the last. We were in great company with our pet Dalmatian. Finally, you’ll see that all the effort really pays off in the form of some cold beer and good shrimp at the end, and why not, some white wine in the mix too!
Churches in Orihuela
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Churches in Orihuela
Sanctuary and Square of Montserrate
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This shrine is in keeping with almost all Oriol monuments. It dates from the 13th century, but has undergone renovations, and which accounts for the 18th and 19th century items. The highlight is its coloured marble facade and the interior cave, where supposedly the Virgin of Montserrat, the city's patron, once appeared. Anyway, it's pretty amazing, and you can see it form the square, surrounded by the mountain in the background and the city's castle, which offers the best part of the visit to the shrine. It's in the southern part of the city, in what is known as the ancient walled city. It's a place of monumental and historical value.
Churches in Orihuela
Monserrate Church
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The image of the Virgin was hidden during the occupation by Muslims and once conquered, Christians decided to find the image of the Virgin. A manuscript of 1310 reports that the underground sound of a bell was heard for three consecutive nights at the foot of the castle on the west, facing the river Segura. Boring the rock, they found the image of the Virgin, 42 cm high and sitting in a chair. The new church is a Latin cross, preserving remains of the original temple. On the site of discovery of the image of the Virgin and Child, a temple was erected. During the seventeenth century, a new and larger temple was built.
Golf Courses in Orihuela
Las Colinas Golf and Country Club
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This is a stunning golf course situated to the south of Alicante on the coast of Orihuela, close to Campoamor. Once we had arrived and crossed the control barrier, we climbed up a small hill and after a few meters a panoramic view appeared in front of us. That says it all, it truly is a world apart. One of the best residential developments nationwide to play golf, it is stunning, striking, unique in the area. The clubhouse is one of the nicest I've ever seen and the Unik Café is the perfect place to begin and end a day of golf. The breakfast buffet is open until 7 for a burger lunch, and the cuisine is top notch, and all the development occupies more than 380 hectares of land. Mandatory for golf lovers and people that enjoy unique places.
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The best things to do in Orihuela

Known for its extensive cultural and natural heritage, there are many things to see in the town of Orihuela. The amount of monuments and attractions in Orihuela nearly rivals what is found in Valenica. The old town contains some of the most popular Orihuela attractions and was declared a historic monument in 1969, making it one of the first to hold this award in Spain.

Especially important is the castle, which is located on the top of Mount San Miguel and the Puerta de Olma, the only gateway to the city that remains standing after the collapse of the walls by Felipe V.

Essential Orihuela activities include visiting the many religious buildings such as Holy Saviour Cathedral or the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. In addition, one of the most popular things to do in Orihuela is experience its Holy Week, which has been declared to be of international importance. Other places to visit in Orihuela include the nearby beaches, which attract tourists from all over Spain and the world.

There are other places to see in Orihuela related to its most famous character, the poet and playwright Miguel Hernández. Sometimes the council organizes activities around his figure and history. If you're still wondering what to do in Orihuela, don't miss an opportunity to taste the cuisine.

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