Castillo de Orihuela
Strategically, 240 meters above sea level, on Mount San Miguel are the remains of what was once El Castillo de Orihuela. With sturdy walking shoes and a limited condition it is possible to climb to these ruins. In the summer months it is recommended to bring water and sun cream. Along the way there is no shadow. You leave at the back of the Centro Privado de Enseñanza Seminario Diocesano San Miguel. There you have to search a bit. The path is poorly marked. A trained eye sees an arrow on the rocks here and there. Don't worry if you miss it, the only way is up. And with a bit of luck you will see one of the many sports enthusiasts who jog down the hill and make the route clear to you.
El Castillo de Orihuela is of Moorish origin and probably dates from around 711. This suspicion is not officially mentioned anywhere and is based on the earliest remains that were found. Over the centuries, the castle was recaptured and reformed several times. However, fate struck during the War of Succession. Lightning struck the powder magazine of el Castillo de Orihuela, destroying most of the castle. Multiple storms and the 1829 earthquake in Torrevieja destroyed the last remains of this castle. In 1931, el Castillo, or what was left of it, was classified as a protected site. Yet the city of Orihuela did little to prevent further decline. The vagaries of nature, the passage of time and vandalism have ensured that only large parts of the walls, remains of the towers and a washing place are still visible. Fortunately, on the basis of these remains it is still possible to form an idea of the enormous size of el Castillo.
At the top you experience an enormous peace and quiet. Be sure to take the time to leave the daily hustle and bustle here and don't forget to enjoy the unique view of the Vega Baja. With a little luck you can even see the Castillo de Monteagudo near Murcia.