Orihuela (in Spanish, or Oriola in Valencian) is a city and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain. The city of Orihuela had a population of 32,472 inhabitants in the beginning of 2006. The municipality has a total area of 367.19 km², and stretches all the way down to the Mediterranean coast, west of Torrevieja, and had a total population of 77,949 inhabitants in the beginning of 2006. This includes not only the city of Orihuela, but also the coastal tourist centre (urbanizacion turistica) of Dehesa de Campoamor with 21,659 inhabitants (2006) and a few other villages.
The river Segura flows through the city. The city was settled by Romans who called it Orcelis and subsequently Aurariola.