LORCA, a town of eastern Spain, in the province of Murcia, on the right bank of the river Sangonera (here called the Guadalantin or Guadalentin) and on the Murcia-Baza railway.
Lorca is the Roman Eliocroca (perhaps also the Ilorci of Pliny, N.H.
In 1810 Lorca suffered greatly from the French invasion.
The main line from Madrid to Almeria conveys much ore from Granada and Jaen to the sea; while the railway from Baza to Lorca skirts the Almanzora valley and transports the mineral products of eastern Almeria by a branch line from Huercal-Overa to the Murcian port of Aguilas.
The Lorca dam in the same neighbourhood irrigates 27,000 acres.