Orihuela is a town in the province of Alicante. This town is best known for its historic town centre and for the festivities during the Easter holidays (Semana Santa). The centre is declared a historic-artistic monument and the festivities have been declared of international touristic interest.
The orchards of Orihuela (Huerta de Orihuela) is the name of the area that surrounds the town. This area thanks its riches to the Segura river that has fertilised the farming ground since long ago. This piece of land is a unique eco-system, of which only ten similar systems exist in the world. Large mountain ranges such as the Sierra de Orihuela and Redován border the village.
Surroundings of Orihuela
Because the municipality of Orihuela is very large it offers many different types of landscapes. From the city views, through farmland and up to 18 kilometres of coastline. Its coastal area forms a touristic centre together with Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura and Pilar de la Horadada. This coastal area has grown significantly in recent years thanks to an increase in tourism due to the exceptional climate.
Yearly average temperatures are around 18,5 degrees Celsius, with maxima in winter of 14 to 17. In summer temperatures can rise up to 35 on the coast and around 40 in the city centre. With most rain falling It in the spring and fall seasons.
The risen tourism is very important at present day in the economy of Orihuela. Sectors like service and construction grew over time together with tourism. Before that, the main economy of the village was the agriculture in the mids of the last century.