Orihuela (Spanish pronunciation: [oriˈwela], in the province of Alicante, is a major city in the area. It was settled by Romans who called it Orcelis and subsequently Aurariola. It has been the capital of a province and even of a kingdom. Orihuela was named the first city of the province of Alicante, 11 September 1437 and pertains to the Valencian Community.

It lies about 50 km south west of Alicante city, just between Elche and Murcia, heading inland although it stretches all the way down to the Mediterranean coast until the Costa Blanca, west of Torrevieja. Orihuela has 16 kilometers of beach which lie about 20 kilometres from the main city.

The municipality has a total area of 367.19 km² and  a population of about 92,000 inhabitants   of which the city of Orihuela only accommodates 34,000 of them.  Another major locality within the municipality is the tourist centre of Dehesa de Campoamor, also known as Orihuela Costa. It has more than 33,000 inhabitants. There only 59.6% of the local population are Spanish; the British account for almost 20%, followed by the Irish, Bulgarians and Moroccans, with around 3% each. In total there are people from 106 different nationalities currently living in Orihuela. Orihuela’s nicest beach towns   are Mil Palmeras, Campoamor, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Punta Prima or Playa Flamenca.

Orihuela is the capital of what is called “La Vega Baja” (or the low fertile lowlands  and natural region of the Segura River, which flows through it), one of the largest regions in the province of Alicante.

The agriculture of Orihuela is based on lemons, oranges, almonds, olives, palm trees, pomegranates, cotton, hemp and vegetables. It also has an important industry of  preserved food. The tourism industry is today the single most important sector in the economy, and has been the main engine of growth for Orihuela in the 21st century.

Orihuela has one of the largest cultural heritages in this area and was home to the famous Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez. It is imperative to visit the monumental city. Its Historic-Artistic Site has five National Monuments (El Salvador Cathedral, Convent of Santo Domingo or the Old University, Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, Santiago Apostol Church and Church of Santa Justa y Rufina) and an urban layout that is the result of its former rank as a University Centre and Episcopal See. We must highlight two of its holiday celebrations: the processions of Holy Week, and the parades of Moors and Christians, in July. 

The Convocatoria brotherhood celebrating its religious processions during the Holy Week.       Saints Justa and Rufina Church      Cabo Roig beach in Orihuela Coast
Photos by Rate Bas (student at the School of Art and Design -EASDO- in Orihuela)
From left to right:
The Convocatoria brotherhood celebrating its religious processions during the Holy Week.
Saints Justa and Rufina Church.
Cabo Roig beach in Orihuela Coast.



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