Elche, a city 20 km inland from Alicante, with about 200,000 inhabitants, is the third largest city in the Comunidad Valenciana region in terms of population size and resources. A stroll through the city’s streets will reveal an interesting historical centre, a silent witness to its glorious past.
This glorious past contrasts harmoniously with all of the elements characteristic of a young, dynamic city with a unique townscape due to its location in Europe’s largest palm grove where there are two beautiful parks you can visit: El Palmeral containing 200,000 different specimens of palm and Huerta Del Cura with many different plants and trees. The Palm Grovelegacy of the Andalusí farming culture, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Elche is steeped in history and houses an archeological museum located on an excavation site where the 4th Century B.C. “Dame of Elche” was found. Some of the architecture in this city dates back to the 16th century such as the Basilicia de Santa Maria which is also worth a visit.
Elche is currently the footwear capital of Spain making 42% of the countries shoes which are exported to other EU countries and USA. Some of the factories are open to the public so a visit is well recommended.
The municipality of Elche has 9 km of white beaches, equipped with all of the facilities necessary for visitors to enjoy nature to the fullest. With beaches of fine white sand, exotic dune systems and sandy semi-urban beaches, Elche has a varied and highly interesting coastline to offer visitors.