Enjoy the scenery and keep fit too

HEALTHY: Miguel Ángel Fernández says that it’s vital for locals to discover more about their countryside areas. Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Orihuela

ORIHUELA Town Hall has announced a number of routes they’ve designed to encourage people to get to know both their local area.

Under the banner of ‘Orihuela en ruta’, the initiative is to promote both a healthy lifestyle and getting locals to exercise more.

Around five or six routes have are being planned, as announced by Councillor Víctor Valverde, and they can be formally put into operation once the municipality has had them approved by the Spanish Mountaineering Federation.  They can then get on with arranging for printed information in a number of languages to reflect the diversity of the local population and erect signposts around the routes.

The first of the walks to be organised will take place on Sunday November 19 and consist of a 24 kilometre trek lasting for an estimated 4 ½ hours.  It leaves the Ociopia Commercial Centre in Orihuela at 8am and will do a full circle taking in Molins, the Azarbe Mayor, Hurchillo, Arneva, Las Norias, Desamparados, the Azud de Los Huertos, the Molino de la Ciudad before coming back to the starting point.

Councillor Miguel Ángel Fernández said: “Knowing about our countryside and farmland is vital to appreciate it and look after it as it should be.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the walk should e-mail orihuelaenruta@orihuela.es including name, surname, age, sex, and DNI / Passport Nº.  The first 200 people to register will get a free gift.

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