Lorca is a lovely renaissance town, crowned by its eye-catching 12th-century castle, and the stunning Town Hall. It is a lively and busy place all year round and it Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations are the most lavish in Murcia. Huddled around the ruins of its castle, Lorca retains many beautiful buildings such as the Collegiate Church of San Patricio and impressive townhouses and mansions that remind us of its opulent past.