Elche attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Elche

Huerto del Cura

In the Islamic world, a garden is considered a form of Paradise. Elche’s past and culture couldn’t therefore be any more obvious than in these privately owned gardens, where humanity and nature have joined forces to…
Ruin in Elche

L'Alcúdia

This well-documented site is 3.5km south of the town centre. The Dama de Elche, a masterpiece of Iberian art that’s now in Madrid, was unearthed here. Entry includes the excellent archaeological museum, displaying r…
Park in Elche

Parque Municipal

This lovely park on the northern side of central Elche is one of several appealing places to stroll among the rustling palm trees. A small visitor centre within (open 10am to 3pm daily, plus 4pm to 7pm Friday to Sun…
Museum in Elche

Museo Arqueológico y de Historia de Elche

This museum is a superb introduction to the town's long and eventful history. Everything is particularly well displayed and labelled, and it occupies both a purpose-built building and the town's castle. Starting wit…
Museum in Elche

Museu del Palmerar

In a former farmhouse, this museum is all about the date palm and the intricate blanched, woven fronds used throughout Spain in Palm Sunday rites. Wander through the delightful adjacent palm grove and orchard with i…
Church in Elche

Basílica de Santa María

This vast baroque church with its trademark blue dome is used for performances of the Misteri d’Elx. The interior is lofty and imposing with a neoclassical austerity to its lines. Climb its tower for a sweeping, pig…
Museum in Elche

Museu de la Festa

Near the basilica where the Misteri d'Elx is performed, Museu de la Festa offers a multimedia presentation, complete with virtual Apostle, about the drama. The show lasts 35 minutes and is repeated several times dai…