The inland part of the Vega Baja is scattered with tiny villages surrounded by fields and farmland and areas of great ecological and natural interest such as the lagoons of La Mata and the salt marshes of Torrevieja which, together with El Hondo reservoir, make up the three most import areas of wetlands in the province of Alicante.
Over the last few years the region has seen an economic boom, reflected in the development of
transport links, particularly roads, and real estate development.
The most important municipalities are Orihuela, Almoradí and Callosa del Segura.
Orihuela is the region’s capital and the bishopric of the province of Alicante. It has a significant
artistic heritage with five national monuments and nine places of cultural interest as well as the
Velasquez painting “The Temptation of Saint Thomas of Aquinas”, on show in the museum of
the cathedral of San Salvador, and religion plays an important role in its traditions. Orihuela’s
municipal area stretches down to the coast where the large tourist resort includes three golf
The town of Almoradí is situated at the heart of the Vega Baja region. Being close to the river
Segura, it is a fertile area famous for its artichokes. It is still a farming town but it has also been
influenced by the development of tourism on the coast and by the furniture industry. Its restored
“Teatro Cortés” offers a wide range of theatrical productions.
Callosa del Segura is protected from the north winds by the red-earthed mountains of the Sierra
de Callosa, making it the ideal place for walkers. It is also famous for its esparto grass which
was traditionally used to make agricultural and fishing tackle and is now used in the more
modern industries of footwear and nets.
All areas of the region have easy access to the Autovía del Mediterráneo (A7-E15) while the
capital Alicante, with all its air and rail links, is less than half an hour’s drive away.