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Find information on Lorca in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Lorca, west of Cartagena in the south west of Murcia has had a long and colourful history evidence of which is seen in its architecture and in its many ancient sites. It was designated as a Historic-Artistic site in nineteen sixty four. Many tourists come to see the fine examples of Baroque architecture of churches, palaces and stately homes. The Rio Guadalantan runs through the town which sits beneath a thirteenth century castle. Lorca is a busy commercial centre as well as being a popular tourist destination. It is situated roughly equidistant from Alicante and Almeria Airports and has transfer times of ninety to one hundred and twenty minutes. A Lorca holiday offers a wide range of cultural activities as well as enjoyment of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Costa Calida.
Lorca, with its fascinating history has numerous fine buildings to explore. There are many sporting facilities in the area including golf and tennis. Being fairly close to the coast visitors can combine a cultural visit with lazy days on the beach.
Lorca appeals to couples of all ages. The many tourist attractions make it ideal for a city break. Golfers have a choice of courses in the vicinity.
Although Lorca is a year round holiday venue with an average temperature of twenty degrees, the summer months are the most popular time to visit with guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. With its cultural heritage, Lorca is popular as a city break.
Located in a fertile area of Murcia, Lorca is a charming town with many fine buildings and ancient sites. The town is dominated by a castle built by the Moors which was very important in the struggle for supremacy between Muslims and Christians. In the fifteenth century, after the Moors were overcome, the castle was named Torre Alfonsina in honour of King Alfonso X. Lorca has an abundance of impressive churches, palaces, museums and civic buildings as well as archaeological sites with Roman remains. The eighteenth century saw the construction of many beautiful buildings in the Baroque style. Although there are many other fine structures, three, at the very least, must be included in your sightseeing list, namely the Guevara Palace, the Church of St. Francisco and the oldest theatre in Murcia, the Guerra theatre built in 1861
Lorca accommodation is very wide ranging and suits every budget. Its restaurants serve a diverse cuisine catering for all tastes and it has an excellent shopping centre. There are many pavement cafes in delightful squares and along the river banks where you can sit and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in this beautiful town. Since the coast with its fine sandy beaches and warm clear waters is only a short drive east, holidaymakers can enjoy lazy days by the sea. There are also golf courses nearby as well as opportunities for horse riding and tennis.
In order to make the most of your Lorca holiday, car hire is recommended.
A Lorca holiday offers a relaxed atmosphere in a friendly and culturally rich city with many fine attractions both in and around the town. Holy Week is the time when Lorca celebrates its most famous fiesta when the townsfolk are dressed in colourful costumes and there are parades with horses and carriages charging through the streets.
Lorca nightlife is fairly sedate with many fine restaurants where couples can enjoy an evening in intimate surroundings. There are livelier venues but Lorca does not have a party reputation.
Lorca has a wide range of shops including specialist shops and designer boutiques. The town has many quaint tourist shops where you can buy the usual gifts and souvenirs. Popular purchases include leather goods, pottery, embroidered linens and lace, as well as basket ware and jewellery.
Lorca has a wide variety of restaurants catering for all palates. There are tapas bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. A good way to sample Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home. Spanish wines are pleasing to both the palate and the pocket.
Children are always made welcome in Spanish restaurants