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Elche


Elche (Elx) is perhaps best known for its huge palm forest (Palmerar D'Elx). The Elche Palm Grove was named a World Heritage Site in the year 2000 by U.N.E.S.C.O and every palm tree is now protected.

Elche is also famous all over the world for its elaborate reinactment of the life of the Virgin Mary - known as the Misteri D'Elx (Mystery of Elche). This medieval drama dating from the 15th Century takes place over 2 days in August (14th and 15th) and is held in the Basilica of Saint Mary. The Misteri D'Elx was declared a World Heritage Event by U.N.E.S.C.O in 2002.

The city is split in two by the River Vinalopo and many of the best attractions can be seen in the area around the river. The ancient part of Elche houses the most interesting and important buildings and these include the Altamira Palace, the Moorish fortress, the Basilica of Santa Maria and the Moorish Baths.

Another place that is well worth a visit whilst in Elche is the famous Huerto del Cura (Priest's Garden), here you will find a huge variety of palm tree species, including the incredible 7-armed Imperial Palm. There is also a cactus garden and a shop where you can buy dates from the date palms that grow in the garden or perhaps even buy your own small palm tree.

One the road to Santa Pola you will find the Rio Safari Elche, a popular animal park with a 'train' ride, animal shows, swimming pool, go-karts and various other attractions. To the north try visiting the traditional Spanish town of Aspe.





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