Swimming for most is an essential part of a holiday to Orihuela. This is especially true during the scorching summer months of July and August. Although Orihuela is inland, part of its municipality includes the fantastic coastal area of Orihuela Costa. Here the choice of beautiful Blue Flag Award beaches is superb. Most have excellent facilities and are safe for children to swim. Those without access to a vehicle during their stay in Orihuela can enjoy a swim in one of several sports centres and swimming pool complexes. Alternately, there is the Segura River.

Swimming Pools In Orihuela

The closest public swimming pool to the city centre is on Av. Alcalde Vicente Escudero. This is a large modern complex with good facilities and ample ablutions and changing rooms. A further pool can be found at the Orcelis Sports & Social Club located a couple of kilometres out of the city along the CV-930. This also boasts multi-sports courts and a nice cafeteria. Some visitors to Orihuela are lucky enough to be staying in gated communities. These are popular with expats in Spain and offer security and usually excellent leisure facilities. Some are so large they have numerous swimming pools, tennis courts, children's playgrounds and parks.

River & Lake Swimming

The Segura River flows through the centre of the city and is one of the largest in Costa Blanca. However, as is the case with most city rivers, swimming is not recommended. Rather take along a picnic and head out of the city to where the river flows through the countryside. Here it will be a lot cleaner and more peaceful. You can also try white water rafting down the Segura. This is practised along the stretch of river between the villages of Cieza and Blanca. The lovely  Lake Pedrera lies between the CV-95 and CV-925 about 20 minutes drive from Orihuela. Here you can enjoy a swim and picnic, but do respect the fishermen and don't swim close to them.


Padel is a very popular sport in Orihuela as the city's residents are predominantly Spanish. The sport however is fast becoming popular with Spain's expat communities as an alternative to tennis.