Orihuela has now been declared to be a Gran Ciudad by Les Corts Valencianes de la Ley. It is the eighth locality in the Valencian Community to be awarded this honour.
The capital of the Vega Baja, has a population of over 86,000 of which 41% are foreigners including 17,000 British and 3,000 Germans. It has a history which dates back to 1564 when it was the Diocesan Capital and was the capital of the Kingdom of Valencia in the 18th Century. Amongst it features, Orihuela has magnificent beaches, the Sierra de Escalona, the Dehesa de Campoamor and the Palmeral de San Antón - the second largest in Europe after the one at Elche.