Orihuela is in the province of Alicante in the Valencia and Murcia region of Spain.
Orihuela is an attractive town whose restored old quarter is worth a visit.
Visit Orihuela, Spain
Orihuela has a lovely old quarter and plenty of buildings reflecting its important past. Take time to wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere.
Most of the 17th and 18th century mansions are private but the tourist office is housed in one of them, the splendid Palacio Rualcara, giving you the chance to have a closer look. It has an impressive marble staircase and the yellow room upstairs is often used for weddings.
Orihuela's cathedral is a Gothic building with a Romanesque cloister and contains Velazquez's 'The Temptation of St Thomas'.
The Baroque Monastery of la Visitacion Salesas has cloisters containing paintings by Vincente Lopez.
Medieval churches include the Iglesia de Santiago in a Catalan Gothic style and the Iglesia de Santas Justa y Rufina - take a look at the gargoyles on the tower.
The Baroque College of Santo Domingo was originally a Dominican monastery and then became a university in 1569. It was closed again in 1824. It has two lovely cloisters.
The College of Santo Domingo is near to Spain's second largest palm forest. Walk beyond the Santo Domingo College and you will soon get to them.
Museums in Orihuela
The Museum of Semana Santa (Easter Week Museum) is home to various items related to Easter Week including a She Devil statue, La Diablesa. There is also a painting by Ribera. Many of the exhibits are still paraded during the Semana Santa fiesta.