Welcome to Elche, a city in the heart of the province of Alicante on the south-east coast of Spain. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture and vast palm groves, Elche offers visitors a unique blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty.
Elche Palm Grove (Palmeral de Elche)
Start your trip to Elche with a visit to the Palm Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest palm groves in the world. Wander through a maze of more than 200,000 palm trees, some of which are over a thousand years old. The Palmeral beautifully blends nature and history, creating a tranquil oasis within the city.
Elche's Mystery Play (Misteri d'Elx)
Immerse yourself in Elche’s cultural tapestry and experience the Mystery Play, a medieval religious drama that takes place every August in the Basilica of Santa María. This unique play, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, tells the story of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Elche's historic centre
Explore the charming streets of the historic centre, where you’ll find a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Moorish architecture. Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria, a beautiful example of Valencian Gothic, and the Castle of Altamira, which offers panoramic views of the city.
Huerto del Cura Garden:
Enjoy the beauty of the Huerto del Cura, a botanical garden famous for its diverse collection of plants, including the Imperial Palm, a unique tree with seven trunks. Stroll through the lush landscapes, fountains and aromatic flowers that create a sensory experience for every visitor.
Elche Archaeological Museum (MAHE)
Discover the city’s past at the Archaeological Museum, where artefacts from different historical periods are on display. The museum offers a fascinating journey through Elche’s prehistoric, Iberian and Roman past, providing an insight into the development of the region.
Indulge your taste buds with Elche’s delicious gastronomy. Try local dishes such as Arroz con Costra (rice with a crispy crust), Elche-style gazpacho and the famous Date Palm dessert, made with the city’s own delicious dates.
El Palmeral Route
Take a scenic stroll along the Palmeral Route, a path that winds through the palm groves and offers a peaceful and picturesque walk. Enjoy the sight of the palm trees against the backdrop of the Mediterranean climate.
Museo Escolar de Pusol
This unique museum space, whose full name is the “Centro de Cultura Tradicional Museo Escolar de Pusol”, was included in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Register in 2009.
This animal park is located between Elche and Santa Pola, in a unique environment, with more than 4,500 palm trees. The park has nearly a hundred different animal species on its property, including a family of white lions, Borneo orangutans, Angola giraffes, chimpanzees, brown lions, Bengal tigers, and sea lions.
Elche invites you to experience the harmony of history, nature and culture. Whether you’re fascinated by the ancient mysteries, enchanted by the palm groves or want to savour the local cuisine, Elche promises to be an unforgettable and enriching journey.