Saturday, 9 February 2013

What do you do in Elche?

Elche (Elx in valencian language), is a 230.000 habitants city, located 20 kms to Alicante town and 12 kms to the International Airport of Alicante.

It´s an optimal basis for outings, because it takes about 15–30 minutes by car arrive to many interesting places in the mediterranean coast.

The Lady of Elche, a piece of Iberian sculpture from 4th century BC
The Lady of Elche, a piece of Iberian sculpture from 4th century BC

Elche has 2 World Heritage Sites: One, the Palm, a set of palm groves (over 200,000 palm trees) distributed by the city and its surroundings. Once the palm cultivation was no longer economically profitable, many of the orchards were kept, and some of them have become public parks.
Sunrise in Elche Palm Grove
Sunrise in Elche Palm Grove

UNESCO also declared a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity to the Elche Mystery. It is a sacred-lyric drama, last living witness of the European medieval religious drama, which is rendered from the fifteenth century, each year in August.

-Fiestas de Elche: In August, approximately between the 8th and the 15th. To highlight the Moors and Christians, the representations of Mystery, the fireworks on the night of August 13th (from 23.15 to 00.00 h.), And the night of August 14th (Night of the Roa), the most night influx of people in streets and entertainment throughout the year.


-Museums: Elche has small but interesting museums:

Municipal Festa Museum (audiovisual trip through the world of Mystery)
Museum of Archaeology and History of Elche MAHE (chronological tour through the history of the city).
Palm Grove Museum (about the history and culture of Palm Groves of Elche).

Museum of Contemporary Art.
Paleontological Museum of Elche.
Archaeological Park and Museum Alcudia (site of the Iberian culture). Located a few kilometers from the city.
Traditional Culture Center Puçol (Sample on rural life). Very curious. Located a few kilometers from the city.

-Basilica of Santa Maria.

-Priest´s Orchard (Huerto del Cura).

-Municipal Park.

-Street Markets (“mercadillos”) . For example Monday at the Plaza de Barcelona, Wednesday in Alginet street (neighborhood Altabix), Saturday at St. Anton neighborhood, and Sunday together with the football stadium.

-Elche Tennis Club Http://

-Jogging in circuit in the bed of the river.

-Municipal swimming pools.

-Outlet Route: in Industrial Park in Elche, 8 km from the city. Recommended to buy shoes (Mustang, Panama Jack, Pikolinos, Gioseppo, etc).

Altet International Airport. A 12 km from town.

Train. At the Train Station Carrús-Elche and Elche-Park, stop trains all line running from Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Cartagena. In Elche-Parque station, also stop long distance trains, like the Talgo train to Montpellier and Barcelona Arc.


Public service bicycle hire.

-Gastronomy. Examples about price:
Normal: Restaurante Persia (Blas Valero Street, 59).
Normal +: Restaurante El Forjador
Medium-high: Meson “El Granaino” (recommended)
High: “La Finca”.
For some foods is a good idea to buy in any of the municipal markets to taste them at home.

-Shopping centers: They are all in the same area (5 minutes by car).

The Aljub,

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