Orihuela Town Hall is designing a series of routes for people to hike around the municipality and get to know the countryside. The project, called ‘Orihuela en ruta’ is promoting exercise and healthy living.
Councillor Víctor Valverde said they want to bring out 5 or 6 routes soon and to get them approved by the Spanish Mountaineering Federation so they can be signposted and have information in various languages.
The first organised walk will be on Sunday, November 19 on a 24 kilometre route taking about 4 and a half hours. It will set off at 8am from Ociopia commercial centre in Orihuela and follow a circular route along the riverbanks and through Molins, the Azarbe Mayor, Hurchillo, Arneva, Las Norias, Desamparados, the Azud de Los Huertos, the Molino de la Ciudad and back.
It will stop at places of interest like the historic mill and water wheels. The route is not difficult as it is flat and suitable for everyone but it is recommended to bring water, snacks and comfy shoes. Members of the Civil Protection and Red Cross will be on hand to ensure the walkers’ safety.
Councillor Miguel Ángel Fernández said it will be an enjoyable walk through the natural areas that are closest to the city. “Knowing about our countryside and farmland is vital to appreciate it and look after it as it should be.”