Welcome to Orihuela
Beside the Río Segura and flush with the base of a barren mountain of rock, the historical heart of Orihuela, with superb Gothic, Renaissance and, especially, baroque buildings, well merits a detour. The old town is strung out between the river and a mountain topped by a ruined castle. The main sights are dotted along the district, more or less in a line, and are well signposted throughout.
Orihuela has a vibrant Moros y Cristianos festival, and reprises the atmosphere with an enormous medieval market at the end of January.