The market town of Lorca has long been known for its pretty old town crowned by a 13th-century castle and for hosting Spain’s most flamboyant Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations. In 2011 an earthquake struck here, leaving nine people dead, and many injured and homeless. It caused significant material damage, with the old town affected particularly badly. Lorca has bounced back now and there's a tangible air of optimism again in the town, which makes it a great place to visit.
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