3. The Tudmir Castle Route

Having great strategy and negotiating ability, Theodemir was a Visigoth count (comes) who acted as the civil and military leader of the region of Tudmir. This region –a vast territory whose capital was Auraiola (Orihuela)– is now well-known for historic routes through the south of the Province of Alicante. Unlike other kings and lords who used force, Theodemir turned to ingenuity to avoid the assault of the troops of the Arab conqueror, Ibn Musa and, later, negotiate a treaty which guaranteed him control of taxes and subjugation without fear of the new power which was established in Al-Andalus.
The adventures and memory of this Visigoth hero still ring strong over the route containing the most historic charm and characteristics of Alicante. This route’s epicenter is found in Orihuela –the only Medina quarter assaulted by the Vikings around the year 859– with its vast historic and artistic heritage surviving all types of disasters, including the earthquake of 1829. Defense towers, Arabic castles and stone walls become the windows that history opens to Vega Baja and its surrounding environment, the Segura River.

Cox: Castillo de Ayala o Palacete de Cox.

Callosa de Segura: Castillo de Callosa de Segura.

Orihuela: Las murallas de la Ciudad de Orihuela, Torre del Cap Roig

Guardamar del Segura: Castillo de Guardamar del Segura.

Torrevieja: Torre Cap Cerver o del Moro, Torre de la Mata.

Pilar de la Horadada: Torre de La Horadada.


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Natural Parks

A symphony of colors and birds await the visitor at the Torrevieja Lagoons and Mata Natural Park. The Guardamar Dunes
are another unforgettable sight.

Tourism resources

Leisure and culture: the historic center of Orihuela, declared a monumental historic/artistic combination, the water heritage
at Rojales, and a complete range of golf courses.

Gastronomic offer

La Vega Baja is full of flavor: cocido con pelotas, olla viuda, arroz huertano, pava borracha, olla gitana, ñoras and prawns
from Guardamar, garden greens, and almojábenas.


Orihuela’s Holy Week and La Pasión of Callosa de Segura combine devotion and theatre. The Habaneras de Torrevieja
Contest fills the summers with music.


A total of 45 coves and beaches sprawl from the estuary of the Segura River to Pilar de la Horadada.