Roman basilica at the archaeological excavations and museum at La Alcudia in Elche, Spain.

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Alicante Province

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 rich findings from a settlement occupied continuously from Neolithic to late-Visigoth times. The museum shuts at 6pm, which is also last entry time for the site.

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