Although Orihuela City itself is located inland, its municipality incorporates the beautiful beaches of Orihuela Costa. The city centre has much to offer visitors such as urban parks, picturesque plazas, museums, monuments and lively entertainment venues. Within a short drive are numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy. The surrounding mountains and natural parks attract nature enthusiasts, hikers and climbers. Nearby Lake Pedrera offers good fishing and a variety of water sports, and there are several excellent golf courses in the area. However, many holidaymakers like to spend some leisure time exploring the wonderful coastline and beaches.
Orihuela Costa Beaches
The glorious golden sand beaches of Orihuela Costa are around 40 minutes drive from the city. The majority of the area's beaches regularly receive the prestigious Blue Flag Award. These are earned for the cleanliness of the beach, water clarity and beach facilities. A superb feature of Orihuela Costa is its wonderful coastal path. It stretches the entire length of the coastal area from Punta Prima to Campoamor. Along the way are great opportunities to enjoy snorkelling, ample places to stop for refreshments, and some spectacular views and dramatic sunsets.
Due to its central position, excellent facilities and surrounding entertainment venues, Playa Flamenca is the most popular beach. It boasts fine, gently sloping sand perfect for the young ones to splash about. There are floating adventure platforms, beach sports, ablutions and ample sun loungers and thatched parasols. A lovely social aspect of the beach is its lively little wooden bar. This sits right on the sand and offers all sorts of drinks, cocktails and snacks.
The city of Torrevieja neighbours Orihuela Costa and offers a further selection of beaches and thrilling water sports and activities. Backed by a vibrant promenade, Playa del Cura is the city's central beach. Lying to its south is the harbour and two marinas. Both of these have exciting water sports venues. These include Jet Ski and Flyboard Torrevieja as well as the popular La Bocana Cable Ski. On the southern side of the harbour is Playa Naufragos. This is a wide sandy beach with shady palm trees, great facilities and a selection of beach and water games.
To the north of the city centre are Los Locos Beach, and further afield, La Mata Beach. Both of these have long stretches of golden sand and are backed by several bars and restaurants. Between the two are a series of rocky coves and cliffs. Here visitors can try their hand at a bit of fishing or explore the popular snorkelling routes among the coves and cliffs. Bear in mind though, when the sea gets rough these areas, with their surrounding jagged rocks and cliffs can become treacherous and are best avoided, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.
Mar Menor Beaches
To the south of Orihuela Costa and about 50 minutes drive from Orihuela City is the lovely Mar Menor. This is a vast salt lagoon or inland sea connected to the Mediterranean by a series of narrow fishing channels. Lining its shores are popular towns and villages where visitors will find refreshments and food in numerous bars and restaurants. two of the main attractions of the area lie at either end of the lagoon. The northern end around Lo Pagan is home to famous mud baths. At the southern end is the equally as famous La Manga Strip resort area.
The strip reaches far out to sea and forms the majority of the outer shores of the lagoon. All along its length are fantastic resorts, hotels, holiday apartments and entertainment venues. It is a mecca for wind and water sports, and slightly inland is the prestigious La Manga Club. Recognised as Europe's leading sports and leisure resort, the club's facilities are second to none. So, when next visiting Orihuela, be sure to take time to explore the diverse coastal areas.