If you are at a loss for a weekend, or fancy an overnight stay somewhere, we suggest a visit to the historic city of Lorca, and in particular, the Parador of Lorca and the castle. Lorca is situated only 50 minutes from Murcia and approx. 1 and a half hours from the Orihuela Costa. The Parador is an extremely modern charming hotel built in the grounds of Lorca castle on an archaelogical site featuring ruins from the 10th century. The hotel has a spa, free indoor pool and spectacular views. Lorca Castle was named a monument of cultural interest in 1931 and the earthquake a few years ago uncovered a Jewish synagogue.
English speaking tours are offered of the Castle, with its defensive towers and lovely gardens, the Synagogue and uncovered remains.
The tour of the synagogue is 30 mins with an English guide, there is a one hour Audio guide tour in English and a special lunch for 1 and a half hours. This can be booked by telephoning 968 479 003 or 902 400 047 (Monday to Friday 10 am to 2pm). It is possible to drive and park at the top of the mountain where the Castle and Parador is located, but we would warn you that there is still quite a lot of walking involved. The town of Lorca is also well worth investigating as it has baroque palaces, a good museum and lots to see.