What to see in Orihuela.
We must not forget to visit Orihuela City, since it is a Villa full of buildings and monuments worthy of being visited. Starting from the highest point of Orihuela, the Monte de San Miguel, we find the ruins of the Castle of Orihuela, Still in a precarious state of conservation it is worth climbing and enjoying the views of the city and the Palmeral de Orihuela, the second most great in Europe. On the southern slope of the mountain we find the Seminary with a baroque facade. We continue along the eastern part of the city, in front of the Church of Santiago, where the Puerta de Santiago and the Chapel of San José stand out.
We continue to the Sanctuary of Monserrate, where the image of the Virgin found by a shepherd when listening to a bell is kept. Nearby is the Rubalcava Palace, home to the Museum of the Reconquest, which holds objects related to the Moors and Christians Festivities. Just behind is the Archaeological Museum where is the only step of Holy Week that is prohibited from entering the church, "The Devil", due to the presence of a figure in the form of a devil.
In the Plaza de las Salesas, we find the Church of Santa Justa y Rufina, with its bell tower of the 14th century, with the appearance of a fortress and decorated with gargoyles and fantastic animals.
In the main street we find the Cathedral. With its various accesses such as the Puerta de las Cadenas, the Puerta de Loreto or the Puerta de la Anunciación.
We arrive at one of the most important monuments of the city, the Convent of Santo Domingo, known as "El Escorial" of Levante. It was the university seat from the 16th to the 19th century when it became a school. Next to the Convent, we find the Puerta de la Olma, whose frontal appears represents the Oriol bird, symbol of the city. In the direction of the Plaza de la Merced we arrive at the Museum of Holy Week that keeps all the processional steps except one.
In the current university campus, we find the Museum House of Miguel Hernández, with the memories of the poet born in Orihuela; and the Museum of La Muralla.