Discover The Beauty: 10 Best Things To Do In Elche, Spain - Updated 2021

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If you’re traveling to Elche, Spain, you’ve made the right choice because here there are so many places to visit and things to do that you definitely won’t get bored. Get your sun-cream and your hat to stay away from the sun and get ready to discover the beauty of this place! Here’s a list of the best things to do in Elche.

1. Basilica de Santa Maria

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This is a must do if you’re coming to Elche. This church is beautiful and impressive. There’s so much to see inside and outside and the best part is the tower, from where you can see the panorama of the city. You’ll have to climb 177 stairs to reach the tower but it’s definitely worth it. There’s also a museum of the Virgin that is in the back part of the basilica and is also interesting to take a look at.

Basilica de Santa Maria

Address: Plaza Santa Maria 2, 03202 Elche, Spain

Website: Basilica de Santa Maria

2. Palmeral of Elche

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The Palm Groves itself is an amazing place if you want to relax and enjoy nature and see something you will not see anywhere else in Europe. It’s a system of date palm orchards in the city of Elche with 97 different orchards containing about 70,000 date palms. This is a great place to spend some hours and get away from the heat of the city.

Palmeral of Elche

Address: Calle Porta de La Morera 49, 03203 Elche, Spain

Website: Palmeral of Elche

3. Mystery Play of Elche

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This happens on 14th and 15th of August. It’s a spectacular event where young and old visitors from all over Spain and tourists congregate at Basilica de Santa Maria. It’s a play entirely sung by normal townsfolk with superb acoustics. It’s divided into 2 days; the death of Virgin Mary (first night’s performance), and the next day, Mary is crowned.

Mystery Play of Elche

Address: Basilica de Santa Maria, 03201 Elche, Spain

Website: Mystery Play of Elche

4. Huerto Del Cura Jardin Artistico Nacional

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This is an immaculately kept garden in the heart of the historic city of Elche dedicated to the palm and other Mediterranean and desert plants. The specialization as you would expect in Elche are palms but they also have a great collection of Cacti. You don’t need more than an hour to get around and admire the beauty of this place, and the best time to visit it is in the evening as the heat is going out of the day and you can walk slowly between the trees and enjoy the calm atmosphere.

Huerto Del Cura Jardin Artistico Nacional

Address: Calle Porta de La Morera 49, 03203 Elche, Spain

Website: Huerto Del Cura Jardin Artistico Nacional

5. Playa El Carabassi

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This is a lovely beach with soft sand and blue water. It’s a little busy sometimes but there’s plenty of room for everyone. You’ll have to walk a little from the road but it’s made easier by the wooden walkways. There’s a bar on the beach selling food and drink and bed, loungers, and parasols are also available. This is a perfect place for you to relax and get away from the heat of the day.

Playa El Carabassi

Website: Playa El Carabassi

6. Placa de la Glorieta

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This is the central square of the city and it’s surrounded by cafes, so it’s a good place to stop and have a coffee or a beer. Here you can see some monuments that remained from the old town. Around there are a couple of cinemas from before where they play old movies in the original version. There are several places nearby to visit and the Grand Theater is also nearby. It is a great place to rest and enjoy an ice-cream.

7. Museo Paleontologico de Elche

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Here at this museum, you can learn easily a lot about paleontology. It’s quite small, but it has a good collection and reconstruction of items. They also sell at a very nominal price some natural stones and fossils. It was easy to find - from the center, head down alongside the river and it is well signposted.

Museo Paleontologico de Elche

Address: Calle Sant Joan 3, 03203 Elche, Spain

Website: Museo Paleontologico de Elche

8. Great Theater of Elche

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The Gran Teatro de Elche is an architectural beauty and is worth visiting regardless of what they present. But the good thing is that they have a wide variety of spectacles: concerts of practically any style, monologues, theater, dance, etc. Prices depend on the type of show, but they are usually very tight. It’s a great way to spend an interesting evening.

Great Theater of Elche

Address: Calle Kursaal 3, 03203 Elche, Spain

Website: Great Theater of Elche

9. La Cuna Teteria

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This is a special pub with a wide variety of homemade teas. Why is it special? Because there’s always something to do here, you can enjoy concerts, monologs, you can read, etc. With all these activities you can have a few drinks here and have fun with your friends.

La Cuna Teteria

Address: Calle Porta de Les Tafulles 18, 03203 Elche, Spain

Facebook: La Cuna Teteria

10. Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante (from USD 185.0)

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With this tour you can discover the beauty of Spain’s Costa Blanca with a private, half-day walking tour of Alicante. Take a walk among lovely streets and squares with an official tour guide, stopping to explore highlights like the Basilica of Santa Maria and the Castle of Santa Bárbara. The guide is very friendly and attentive, you will definitely enjoy this trip!

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante

Duration: 4 hours

Get ready to be overwhelmed!

You’ve made a good choice planning your trip here. The views are stunning and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven!

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