“In Orihuela, your town and mine…”. That’s how Elegía a la muerte de Ramón Sijé, o “Ramón Sijé’s Eulogy,” one of the most famous poems by Orihuela-born (Alicante) writer Miguel Hernández.
Orihuela, the capital of Vega Baja, is a town with more than 91,000 inhabitants that is situated in the southeastern region of the peninsula within the autonomous community of Valencia, bordering Murcia. As the sixth highest-populated city in the community, its historic cultural heritage stands out, considered as living history of the Mediterranean.
Other notable features of the city include: its old town (considered monumental as a whole), its Semana Santa (Easter, or sacred week) celebrations, the celebration of its Reconquista festival and its high-quality beaches.
Below, we present you with a few of the more characteristic views of the city, thanks to collaboration with photographer Francisco Javier Meseguer Hernández.
Translated by: Kirstin Meyerhoeffer