Elche is a very attractive, sought after resort located approximately fifteen kilometres from an extensive stretch of sandy beach and surrounded by groves of flourishing palm trees. In fact, Elche is known for having the largest Palm forest in Europe, and recently was named a World Heritage Site. Elche holds much cultural importance, with plenty of sculptures, museums and architecture to explore and is also very well known for shoe production, with over 1000 shoe producing businesses! With very easy access from Alicante airport, Elche is a great base for exploring the Costa Blanca.
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When in Costa Blanca be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
Elche is typically Spanish and offers a few quiet bars for you to enjoy. Those seeking a more lively evening are not far from the bustling resort centres of Alicante and Torrevieja.
Elche has its own football club, with a stadium that has a capacity of 36,017 seats. Elche CF are affiliated with English club Bolton Wanderers!
Elche is home to more than 200,000 palm trees, making it the largest Palm Grove in Europe. When viewed from a distance it just looks like a mass of forest, but in reality its a very special area with an agriculture purpose. There is also a place well worth a visit called 'Huerto del Cura'. An artistic garden, covering 13000 square metres, you will find stunning displays of Mediterranean and tropical plants.
Located about half an hour north of Elche, the lively resort of Benidorm offers three excellent attraction parks for you to enjoy. The first of these is Terra Mítica, which is themed around ancient Mediterranean civilizations. There are roller coasters and other adrenaline-inducing rides to enjoy, as well as spectacular shows telling historical battles and age-old legends. Mundomar Animal Park is another great attraction, with a whole host of animal shows to enjoy, providing a fun filled day for all the family. Finally, there is Terra Natura where you can see a huge variety of wildlife and plenty of entertainment and adventure activities.
Also located in Benidorm, Aqualandia is well worth a visit for a fun-filled day out! Known as the biggest and best-known water park in the area, Aqualandia offers something for all ages including Adventureland for younger children, a fantastic wave pool, and the highest and steepest water chutes in Europe!
Elche offers a varierty of museums in the town centre, many of which centre around the history of the area or the vast array of plant life. One museum that remains vreypopular is the Elche City Archaeology & History Museum which offers an interactive exhibition about the history of the city.
The village of Guadalest is well worth a visit on your villa holiday, perching at the pinnacle of this mountain landscape, it commands impressive views of the picturesque valley and reservoir below. Despite its small size, this historic gem is quintessentially Spanish and brimming with remnants from the Moorish occupation of Spain, including the 12th century Castle of San José accessed through a natural tunnel in the rock, as well as the Castle of La Alcozaina. There are also several museums and other fascinating antiquities, making for an absorbing day out.
Algar Waterfalls (Fuentes del Algar), Callosa
This beauty spot is a must when staying in Costa Blanca, and ideal to twin with a visit to Guadalest for a wonderful day out. The natural water falls of Algar are carefully preserved to maintain their original environment. You can swim and jump into many of the natural rock pools along the path of the falls, for a really refreshing dip. Then if you follow the path to the top (can only be done on foot) there is a shop and a Mediterranean spice garden.
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