OrihuelaOrihuela truly has something for everyone. Excellent beaches, impressive natural expanses, unrivalled golf courses combine to create the landscape of the poet Miguel Hernández. The town's rich historical and cultural heritage includes many areas listed as Assets of Cultural Interest, traditional festivals, and a varied gastronomy.
Miguel Hernández PoetMiguel Hernández Gilabert was born in Orihuela in October 1910. He studied in the Ave María schools attached to Santo Domingo College and in the college itself until he abandoned his studies to work with his father. The first of his many poems was published in 1930. He later voluntarily enlisted in the Republican militia, and was later sentenced to 30 years in prison for revolutionary activity. His works are beloved by locals and visitors alike.
The CityLANDSCAPES Orihuela's natural surroundings make the area highly attractive to nature lovers, who will delight in the numerous paths and walks. FESTIVALS AND CUISINE The Holy Week, an Internationally Significant Event, brings to the streets a blend of devotion, music, art and passion. July brings the festival of the Reconquest and in February there is the Medieval Market, one of the largest in Spain.
GastronomyThe produce from the land and sea, cooked over a low flame, turn our grandmother' recipes into works of art and culture. Our most traditional cuisine includes dishes such as cocido con pelotas (both with meatballs), arroz de los tres pumas (rice stew with three types of pulses), rice with vegetables, with rabbit, with shellfish and lots more. Salted fish features in typical local dishes and the area is renowned for its quality sausages. We mustn't forget the local artisan sweets, where a legacy of Arabic origin is zealously guarded in the enclosed convents and will not fail to impress visitors: zamarras, pasteles de Gloria, merengues, tarta de Santa Clara almond cake... Orihuela offers a complete and varied range of restaurants where you can enjoy these succulent dishes.
Do & See
MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS Orihuela has a lot of artistic and histórical heritage. Its tradition, its museums, churches, palaces and monuments have turned this city into a place of great cultural interest. THE VEGETABLE PLANTATIONS OF ORIHUELA Orihuela is a quintessential farming region. Its fertile lands have been worked by different cultures throughout its history. BEACHES Our beaches are recognized and accredited with the official certificates os the organizations and the institution that supervise and control quality criteria. Blue Flags, "Q" tourist quality certificates, SICTED distinctions, Qualitur Flags, Quality and Environment ISOs... GOLF Orihuela has the best and most important golf courses in the Mediterranean: A total of 90 holes in its five excellent courses of international renown, home to major European tournaments. VILLAMARTÍN GOLF COURSES, LAS RAMBLAS GOLF CLUB, CAMPOAMOR ROYAL GOLF CLUB, LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB AND VISTABELLA GOLF.
Bars & Nightlife
In Orihuela there are a great variety of shops, where you can find all the things you can need. From shoes, clothes (for women, men, children), even evening dresses, to food, electrical household appliances, furniture, opticians, toy shops, photography, tobacconist's, greengrocer's, newsagent's, computers, baker's, cars, sport shops, florist's shops, travel agencies, ice-cream palou, hairdresser's...and so on. Come to Orihuela and you will enjoy throughout the town by going shopping. And do not forget any of our shopping centres!!!