Moratalla is chiefly a mountainous and comparatively cool territory (with regard to the region), snow being frequent in the highest zones (Revolcadores, 2,015 m or 6,611 ft) and cold valleys (Campo de San Juan, El Sabinar). It is crossed by minor rivers (Alhárabe, Benamor) which flow into the Segura. There is a main reservoir of the Segura at El Cenajo. Main representatives of the local fauna are wild boars, Spanish Ibex, short-toed eagles and Moorish turtles. Its main economic resources are tourism and agriculture (apricots, almonds, olives and olive oil, wood, barley).
Moratalla sights include the Fortress Castle, home to the “Tribute Tower”, a military-gothic style building which dates from the 15th century.
The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Asunción dates from the 16th century. Other churches include Santa Ana or San Francisco and the “House of Christ”, on the mountain, built by the Order of La Merced from the 16th century.
There are two Roman bridges in Moratalla: the Jesus Christ Bridge over the Benámor River, and the Hellin Bridge over the Alhárabe River.
During the Holy Week, there is a traditional tamborada, a collective drumming, which can last all day long. In southern Spain, tamboradas are characteristic of Moratalla as well as of Mula and Hellín and Tobarra. A unique aspect of Moratalla’s Holy Week is that every tamborista (drummer) dresses in distinct, handmade robes. Drums are also traditionally handmade.
Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo del Rayo (Holy Thör of the Thunder Celebrations) July 11–17
This celebration takes place in the streets of Moratalla, in which cows and bulls are set free. People get together into their peñas, placed in the Eldest Street “Calle Mayor”, where they enjoy the party. There is also a fair held at the same time every night from 10 to 17 July. It’s like an amusement park with many “street-shops” where you can buy some handmade products.
Find out more about the surrounding region on the Murcia tourist information page.