Entertainment in Orihuela is much what you would expect in a Spanish working city. What we mean by ‘working' is the city is unlike its municipality's coastal area of Orihuela Costa which is more of a tourist resort. This can also be said about larger cities such as Benidorm where the tourist euro plays a major part in the city's economy. Orihuela is more geared towards the discerning visitor looking to take in its history and explore the many historical buildings and landmarks. However, the city is by no means boring and a variety of entertainment can be found.
Orihuela City Entertainment
Much of what our readers may class as entertainment we've covered in our other categories for activities and attractions. Visiting local bars for a refreshing drink during the day or some lively entertainment in the evening is part of what a good holiday is about. Throughout the city centre and old town are literally hundreds of traditional tapas bars. These cater mainly for locals so you can expect to pay local prices. Some still stick to the old tradition of serving a free tapa with your drink. Trying a variety of tapas in one or two bars will certainly not cost much and makes for a great introduction to Spanish cuisine. Take the young ones along and let them try the tapas too.
If it's nightclub type of entertainment you are looking for you may be disappointed. However, the city is home to some vibrant music bars, many featuring live entertainment. Try starting in Pub Chipie Chic where the pavement seating is great for socialising. Once you're in the mood for some more lively entertainment, move on to Sala La Gramola to enjoy pumping rock music. Visit on a Thursday for karaoke night if you fancy belting out a few tunes yourself.
There is a distinct lack of international restaurants in Orihuela. This is especially noticeable if you have previously visited Orihuela Costa that has more international restaurants than you could shake a stick at. We have listed some of the favourites in our restaurant article. For a great steak try Meson Pepe. Pizzería Giorgio have been serving their delicious pizzas and pasta dishes for more than 20 years, a good indication of the quality of their food. In even the most traditional Spanish town or city you are bound to find a Chinese restaurant. Orihuela is no exception. Try the daily set menu with a drink from 6.95€ at the ‘inventively' named Restaurante China Town.
Shopping can be entertainment to some and torture to others. At Ociopia Shopping Complex this is not a problem. Let the shopper in the family browse the stores and boutiques. Young ones can catch a movie in the multi-screen cinema complex, and adults not keen on shopping can enjoy a drink in one of the leisure outlets. Orihuela has a good selection of national and international supermarkets. Here you can find all your daily essentials and browse the various fresh produce departments. For local delicacies and gift ideas try one of the superb delicatessens in the city.
Entertainment in Orihuela steps up a notch when it comes time for a fiesta. The Spanish don't need much of an excuse for a party or holiday. This is evident in the amount of ‘Red Days' each year. The most important festival in Orihuela, and one of the largest in the country is the Moors & Christians Festival. This is a spectacular week long event that attracts visitors from far and wide. Each day there's something different. Staged battles with soldiers in traditional uniform have the kids looking on in awe. Floats, parades, marching bands and firework displays add song and dance. And the nighttime after parties see happy revellers drinking and dancing till dawn. Another important annual event is the wonderful Medieval Market that offers fun for all ages.