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Property for sale in Elche, Alicante, Valencia, Spain

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Elche is a town located in Eastern Spain, just 27.5 km away from Alicante, and is the capital of the El Baix district. The population for Elche stands at roughly 228,647: It is the third most populous city after Valencia and Alicante in the Valencian Community and the 20th biggest city in the whole of Spain. Elche has had a long history of different rulers, with the Greeks initially forming a settlement in 600 BC, followed by the Carthaginians, the Romans, and then the Moors, who have left the largest imprint on the city. King James II of Aragon ended the Moorish reign in the 13th century during the Reconquista.

Things to Do

Elche is a very scenic region of Spain and has an incredible 200,000 palm trees dotted all over the place, only adding to its exotic appearance. The palm trees are known as the Palmeral of Elche, and this is considered a UNESCO heritage site, since the turn of the century. Nature lovers can witness an abundance of palm trees at the Huerto del Cura (Priest's Garden), as well as numerous other exotic plants set in this beautifully serene environment. The garden also has the incredible Imperial Palm Tree, which has seven branches coming from one trunk. Although Elche is primarily mainland, there are a number of beaches in its municipality, such as Les Pesquers and El Pinet La Marina, only a 15-minute drive away.

There are numerous places in Elche where the Arab rule is still prevalent to this day, particularly in Vila Murada, where the buildings and streets are all mainly Moorish constructions. The 12th century Baños Arabes can also be found in Elche, and are open to the public from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Festa d'Elx is a medieval festival that takes place in the city each year and has something for everyone – from exhibitions, music and fireworks to marketplaces, performances and entertainment for kids. The festival is a real cultural feast, and was awarded the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Places to Eat

Elche has a variety of different traditional dishes, but has a special focus on rice and seafood dishes. 'A Banda' is a rice dish cooked with fish stock while 'con costra' is made with sausages and egg, and both can be found in the majority of restaurants in Elche. Meson El Granaino serves up a huge variety of tapas and wines, while El Misteri D'anna has a fantastic gourmet menu and comes with a certificate of excellence on TripAdvisor. La Fica is also another very highly rated restaurant, with delicious seafood being their speciality.

Cafés Damasol is a lovely place to get some fresh ground coffee and pastries, while Mas Q Tapas and Restaurante Sansano's both offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as fresh drinks and smoothies.


The footwear industry is the biggest economic driver in Elche, surpassing even tourism, and this is reflected in the huge amount of shoe shops dotted around town. The Centro Comercial Abierto is a beautiful terraced shopping centre in the heart of Elche, where over a hundred shops can be found, as well as a cinema. For bargain shopping, Elche Business Park has many different Ruta Outlets that offer great prices on all types of items, such as footwear, food, furniture and textiles. The market place in Elche is also not to be missed and is held every Monday.

Getting There/Getting Around

El Altet Airport is only 15 km away from Elche and flights to the UK usually take just 2 and a half hours. The most common mode of transport is by bus, with day and night services going to the coast, Alicante, Benidorm and further afield. There are also 2 train stations in Elche, Elche-Parque and Elche-Carrús, both going to a whole host of locations.

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