Elche is the third largest city in the Valencian community after Valencia and Alicante. It is a stone’s throw away from two international airports of Alicante and Murcia with easy motorway links to Torrevieja and Cartagena. Part of the municipality is on the coast but mainly the city is fifteen kilometres away from the Mediterranean Sea.
Elche has a twelve kilometer stretch of golden beaches a fifteen minute drive away from the city centre. The coast line is divided into two parts one which belongs to Altet and the other belonging to the Marina. The busiest and most popular beach is the El Arenals del Sol.
Make sure you visit the local market on monday selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other locally-made goods and produce. Elche’s economy is based on footwear. Elche has over 1000 shoe factories which is important not only for Spain but also for the rest of Europe.
Elche is famous for its palm trees. The Elche Palm Grove is an orchard with over 200,000 palm trees and has been proclaimed a heritage. The Huerto del Cura or Priest’s Garden is a hidden gem especially attractive on a hot summers day as the hundreds of palm trees there provide some welcome shade from the scorching sun.