Visiting attractions is part and parcel of any holiday, and Orihuela boasts many lovely places to see. It's an historical city with a charming old town where narrow streets lead to pleasant plazas housing wonderful churches and monuments. From the sprawling remains of Orihuela Castle high on the mountainside, much of the municipality can be seen where further attractions beckon visitors. Orihuela's coastal area also features some splendid beaches to visit on a day out.
Orihuela City Attractions
During a stroll through the city or along the river banks, many of Orihuela's important buildings and landmarks can be seen. As you wander you will surely eventually come across one of the city parks. These are lovely to visit where welcoming shade offers respite from the afternoon heat. Most have picnic seating areas and children's playgrounds. Others are home to monuments and fountains, and Ocarasa Park offers playing fields and sports courts for some family fun. Further attractions to discover include the city's interesting museums, and of course its castle ruins.
Orihuela Natural Attractions
A bit further afield visitors will find Orihuela's vast natural parks. For a challenging hike and rock scramble, Sierra de Callosa de Segura Park and mountain range boasts wonderful views from its summit. Around the lower slopes of the mountain and park are some less taxing hiking trails. Roughly the same distance from the city is Lake Pedrera. This is surrounded by a nature park with hiking trails and some interesting flora & fauna. The beauty of hiking the trails during the hot summer months is the lake itself where you can take a cooling dip; away from the fishermen. If you prefer to ‘float' then head to Torrevieja's pink salt lake that has a salinity like the dead sea.
As far as natural attractions go, you can't beat the beautiful beaches of Orihuela Costa. Located just a short drive from the city, many of the area's beaches regularly receive the Blue Flag Award. This is earned for the quality of the sand, clarity of the water and the beach facilities. These include exciting floating adventure playgrounds, beach sports, lifeguards, ablutions, parasols, sun loungers and quaint little beach bars. Connecting all the Orihuela Costa beaches is a lovely coastal path. Hiking the path reveals stunning views and there are ample spots for refreshments.
Orihuela Surrounding Attractions
Water parks and animal parks offer holidaymakers fantastic family fun. Aqua Park Rojales is the closest water park to the city. It is set in 21,000 square metres of landscaped gardens with a selection of water slides, pools, a children's lake, picnic areas, cafe and restaurant. On a larger scale and offering more teen and adult rides is Aquopolis Water Park in Torrevieja. Within a 30 minute drive from the city are two exciting animal parks. These are Rio Safari Elche and Terra Natura in Murcia. Both are home to animals from around the world and offer other attractions. Terra Natura has its own aqua park and Rio Safari boasts a swimming pool and go-kart track.
For a small city, Elche is big on attractions. Aside from the safari park, it's home to the thrilling Elche Palmeral Aventuras. This is a vast multi-adventure park with a challenging assault course, numerous zip-lines and a multi-task climbing wall. From some of the zip-lines you can see the sea of green that is Elche Palm Groves, the largest of its kind in Europe. Not far from Elche is the enchanting Carmen del Campillo Tea House. Set in tranquil gardens, this Moorish style villa is a must visit. Heading out to sea on a boat trip to Tabarca Island is great fun. The island is a popular attraction and has been declared a protected wildlife & marine reserve, superb for snorkelling.