For the more adventurous visitors to La Manga Club that want to explore further afield, the inland city of Lorca is well worth a visit. It’s a famous cultural centre, with several archaeological and architectural points of interest throughout the city. There are several galleries, churches and museums and the skyline is dominated by the castle and tourist centre. This was designated a National Monument of Historic and Artistic Interest in 1931 and comprises a fortress and two medieval towers. Referred to locally as the ‘Fortress of the Sun’ it now features exhibitions, night visits and fun educational areas for children.
The 17th century town hall was designed by Alfonso Ortiz de la Jara in the style of Italian Renaissance architecture. Its interior was completely remodelled in 1995 and now houses a collection of contemporary paintings, mostly by local artists. Lorca is also home to Murcia’s oldest theatre, The Guerra, which has functioned continually as a theatre, cinema or opera house since 1861.
Fiestas that take place in Lorca during the year include:
The best way to experience Lorca is to park your vehicle and either walk or use the convenient and reasonably priced public transport to get around.