It?s not hard to find somewhere to park in Orihuela, in fact it?s the best place to leave our car when we want to visit the historical centre, which can be hard to park in and it best visited by foot or on bike.
There are car parks in Orihuela, Orihuela Coast and some of the municipalities of the Vega Baja, where we can park with ease, generally most of them are private and the prices can vary, but at times there is very little difference between them, in fact it seems like they all reach an agreement. Therefore if you need to leave your car in a car park, look for the one nearest to where you are going, not the best price.
You may notice that some of the car parks have resident?s slots on one or two floors that are closed off to the public, as well as toilets on at least one floor. Another thing you may find in the car parks is a car wash; you can leave your car here to be washed while you go shopping. If the car parks have a few stories, then they nearly all have lifts, and nearly all of them are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
There aren?t really any public car parks, unless you call parking on the road side or in plots of land used to park in but that are not official, car parks. In some of the bigger cities these are called ?disuasorios? as what they are aiming for is for people to leave their cars in these places and then travel by bus, tram or underground, so that when in the centre of town and cities by using public transport we help lower the amount of traffic jams, contamination, fuel wastage?
But this doesn?t really happen in Orihuela, or Orihuela coast, or in the Vega Baja cities that are smaller, as we can park a bit further out from the shopping centre or historical centre and walk easily wherever we want to go. As public car parks we can name those in the shopping centres like The Ociopía, Eroski Hipermarket or the San Anton Palmeral, these are often used by the coaches for excursions, or the Huertos area, when of course there is no market.
In the more central areas of Orihuela city, you will find parking metres. These are small towers on the pavement in the area you park, depending on the area and the town hall that runs it they have different prices that can change every year. Their aim is to achieve a rotation of cars and to prevent cars staying in the same place indefinitely.
The amount of time you can park depends on the amount of money you put into the machine, starting with 50 cents that will give you between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the area you are in. These metres operate on a timetable, so during business hours (normally from 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 9pm) you will have to pay but outside of these times it?s free, always check the machine for the exact times.
If you don?t pay then you risk getting fined or even having your car towed to a compound, either the local police?s or the town hall?s, depending on which tow truck takes the car away. If you get back and your car has been towed they will have left a sticker on the pavement so you know where to collect your car, after of course paying all the fines incurred. So the best thing is to put some money in the machine and avoid any nasty surprises.
So as you see there are plenty of carparks in Orihuela, all you have to do is choose which one to use.
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