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GETTING TO KNOW LORCA

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Lorca is tradition, passion and history

A present for all of your senses and for the traveller’s soul who dives in this city. The history of Lorca can be read in its old stone-paved streets, in its corners and also in the Fortress of the Sun, in the Muslim Mosque and in its unspoilt Synagogue, and finally in the only church in Spain dedicated to San Patricio. So many vesiges of alive patrimony that this city has hoarded little by little from prehistoric times, after with the romnize and finally with the islam and Christian city which finally gave form to the Lorca we admire today.

What the contrasts of its Wide territory offer us.

With more than 1600 km2, Lorca is the largest municipality not being capital of a province, in Spain and, consequently, it offers to those visiting Lorca an extraordinary variety and richness of landscapes; from the land in the North to the quite coves in its coastline alter crossing the rich and typical orchard by the Guadalentín River.

EASTER WEEK IN LORCA

You are about to discover one of the most important and unique religious festivals in Spain. Lorca Holy Week was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 2007 and its origin dates back centuries ago but what changes the concept of a Holy Week procession is its staging and originality turning it into an experience no one should miss. This splendid religious festivals stands out not only for the deep devotion to the Virgin Mary and her relationship with the Holy Week Brotherhoods (“Virgen de la Amargura patron saint of the White Brotherhood, and the “Virgen de los Dolores” patron saint of the Blue Brotherhood) but also for its horses riding events, handmade silk and gold embroidery and last, but not least, for the rivalry between its two main brotherhoods known as “Blue Paso” and “White Paso”.

The handmade silk and gold embroidery on show during this festivity is unique, to the point that some of its pieces have received Spain’s first textile “Goods of Cultural Interest” label. It is a hundred-year-old tradition carried out by experienced embroiderers and artistic directors who take responsibility for embroidering the different bible passages.

Visitors should definitely not miss a visit to the different church headquarters decorated for the occasion with all kinds of artistic patrimony and, of course, the areas used to house the horses and their riders where they will be able to observe the last minute dressing and harnessing of these marvellous animals along with the horse pulling rehearsal. The horse is, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding characters of the Lorca Holy Week celebrations and becomes, at certain points during the procession, the indisputable protagonist, gifted with the ability to bring sitting spectators to their feet during a performance.

This section will give you access to all of the contents generated by Lorca Town Hall as well as by each one of the brotherhoods such as the program or the manual to follow Good Friday processions with every character in the parade and its description.

Also enjoy the audiovisual files to experience first hand this unique event which can also be experienced the whole year round in the embroidery museums.

Recomended Routes

  • Monumental Lorca
    Main circular itinerary which starts at the Visitor Centre and that passes along the main streets as Lope Gisbert Street. It will also guide you to the Spanish Square
  • Cross Road to the Calvary Viewpoint
    Circular itinerary from the first station of the Way of the Cross, in San Francisco Church, National Monument, to the Calvario, declared Good of Cultural Interest and with amazing views on the city.
  • To San Cristobal Quarter along the Alberca Bridge
    A short itinerary to discover the “rabalero” quartier of San Cristobal, its history and everything related to the Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre Brotherhood.
  • To la Virgen de las Huertas Sanctuary along Las Alamedas
    A walk from the very centre of Lorca, through “las Alamedas” to arrive to the orchard, to visit the surroundings of the Convent of “La Virgen de las Huertas”.
  • To the Castle of Lorca through Santa María Quarter
    A pedestrian Access to the Castle of Lorca from the main cultural spot, the Spanish Square and which will give you the opportunity to enjoy an excellent panoramic of the old quarter..

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TOURIST WRISTBAND

The Tourist Wristband is the most economical and practical way of Getting to Know Lorca by visiting their main tourist centres and monuments.

It works as a bonus with a DISCOUNT OVER 50%ON THE TOTAL PRICE of the entrance of the included centres. It also offers the advantage of getting interesting discounts and offers in commercial stablisments of the city joined to this promotion as well as an important discount in the visit to the Synagogue.

It costs 6,5 € (children under 6 years old, free) and it can be purchased in the Tourist Ofice and Visitor Centre of Lorca placed in the Antiguo Convento de la Merced.

More info: 968 47 90 03 / 968 44 19 14

Norms of use: Individual and non-transferable Pass

  • Valid for the access to 6 centres:
    • Visitor Centre.
    • Paso Encarnado Museum (MuPaEn).
    • Nicolás Salzillo “Il Maestro” Museum.
    • Paso Blanco Museum (MuBBla).
    • Paso Azul Embroidery Museum.
    • Fortress of the Sun / Castle of Lorca.
  • This wristband can be used always you wear it in perfect conditions or until the entrance to the 6 included centres and monuments has been done.

Flyer Lorca Tourism (pdf)

Tourist offices

  • Municipal Tourist office

    • Convento de la Merced puerta de San Ginés s/n
    • Web
    • Email

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