Orihuela is a city in the province of Alicante, has a coastline of more than 16 km where you can enjoy its beaches of fine white sand and clear water. Numerous developments located around the sea (Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Caboroig, Campoamor, Mil Palmeras ...) are all possible services for comfort, relaxation and fun for tourists and visitors.In Orihuela discovered traces of human settlements from the Chalcolithic interval (second half of the third millennium BC. JC) by way of Argárica tradition, Late Bronze and Iron Age till the Iberian and Roman culture.
Through the Visigoth was capital of a province that included the current provinces of Alicante and Murcia. Within the eighth century the duchy was Theodomir head that settled its autonomy with the Arabs, in response to legend, the Visigoth hero stood on the metropolis walls ladies warriors wearing uniforms, in order that drive the negotiations with the invader. Within the ninth century loses its independence from the Caliphate of the Umayyads.
Subsequently, integrates totally different Taifa kingdoms, until the thirteenth century (July 17, 1242) then troops Infante Alfonso of Castile (later Alfonso X the Sensible) reconquered the city. Orihuela In 1296 honored James II of Aragon and integrated into the Kingdom of Valencia, as the head of government and voting in Parliament.
The city is the seat of the Diocese of Orihuela, created after intensive litigation in 1564 to segregate the Diocese of Cartagena. By Bull issued by Pope John XXIII in 1968 modified its title to the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante, staying the Metropolis as the Episcopal.
Through the War of Succession, the governor of the town, Marqués de Rafal, supported the pretender Charles of Austria and with the victory of Felipe V, the town was sacked and lost its charter.
Orihuela has given illustrious men in the discipline of literature, science and religion: the poet Miguel Hernández, the painter Joaquin Agrasot, Cardinal Desprades (first Apostolic Nuncio), Archbishop Loaces, etc.. And it has been a source of inspiration for Gabriel Miró in his magnificent novel Our Father San Daniel and The Leper Bishop.
At the moment Orihuela, large metropolis declared in 2010, is a municipality situated in a privileged area southeast and colourful Spanish. Capital of the area of the Vega Baja, Orihuela palette represents the Spanish Mediterranean own. It's a thriving place in agriculture, monumental artistic heritage and is house to historic architectural gems Mediterranean.
Miguel Hernandez hometown, streets are causes for the life and work of probably the most worldwide Spanish poets. Orihuela is one of the primary vacationer locations in the Valencian Community. A city that homes many treasures, such as the work of Diego Velázquez Silva "The Temptation of St. Thomas" and distinctive works great sculptor Francisco housed. A part of the inventive selection could be seen within the Easter, 2010 declared of International Tourist Interest. In the same yr, the Pageant of the Reconquest of the City and of Moors and Christians gained the excellence of Tourist Interest Autonomy.
The tranquil environment provides the opportunity to enjoy water sports, thanks to the marinas and Dehesa de Campoamor Caboroig or play golf at the numerous golf courses of international prestige, Orihuela Costa has about 54 holes in an area of 1.7 million m2 in:
- Campo de Golf Villamartin.
- Club de Golf Las Ramblas de Orihuela.
- Real Club de Golf Campoamor
-Las Colinas Golf & Country Club.
Walking to the sea, sunbathing on warm beaches, making the trails and mountainbike rides through the Orihuela coast coves and cliffs joining blue waters ... all this can be done thanks to the more than 320 sunny days a year with a temperature of 20 °C on average.
A few kilometers from the coast is the town of Orihuela, with a historical declared a historic-artistic and monumental, where visitors can enjoy the culture, history and art offered by many national monuments, streets, stately homes, palaces nobility, secluded squares, museums ...
A leading cultural heritage which highlight the Cathedral of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante (begun in the thirteenth century, with additions Renaissance and Baroque), the Parish of Saints Justa and Rufina (which retains its bell tower in one of the clocks oldest in Valencia, XIV century), the parish of Santiago (where the Holy Family carving made in the eighteenth century by Francisco Salzillo), the College of Sto. Domingo (s. XVI) ...
The museum offer offered by the city is the perfect complement to know the city and its history:
The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Orihuela, is one of the best centers of Valencia museum where visitors can enjoy the culture and art exhibits offered. Interesting are preserved collections of paintings, such as "The Temptation of St. Thomas' work of the great painter Diego Velázquez (1631-1633)," La Vieja's Candle "by Mathias Stommers (1625-1630) ... Medieval sculpture, metalwork century XV, XVI and XVIII and textiles as the chasuble of Cardinal Belluga, held in Rome in the eighteenth century, etc ...
The Museum of the Great Wall, visiting archaeological where tourists can see the remains of the city wall, under medieval Islamic buildings or Arab baths.
The Museum of Easter, it houses the vast majority of thrones and steps in the Easter processions of Orihuela, declared of International Tourist Interest. They will appreciate sizes of different times, highlighting those that made the ultimate sculptor Francisco Salzillo eighteenth century and processions through the streets of Orihuela throughout Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Archaeological Museum, where they are exposed remains found in various archaeological excavations in the district of Vega Baja. It will be appreciated the evolution from the Palaeolithic to the eighteenth century.
Museum of the Reconquista, a museum displaying festive costumes of different troupes that have paraded through the streets in Orihuela festival of Moors and Christians in the city of Orihuela. Festival to be held in the month of July and represents the recapture of Orihuela in the thirteenth century, being the big day on July 17 where the banner of the city through the streets of Orihuela and complemented by the parades of troupes Moors and Christians that take place over the weekend (Friday and Saturday).
The AP-7, A-7 motorway and the N-340 are the main options to arrive by car to in Orihuela Costa. While all those tourists who prefer to come by plane, Alicante Airport is the nearest to Orihuela Costa, just forty minutes through the A-7.