Top things to do in Elche

Top Choice Theatre in Elche

Misteri d'Elx

A lyric drama dating from the Middle Ages, this is performed annually in the Basílica de Santa María. The mystery’s two acts, La Vespra (the eve of the Virgin Mary's death) and La Festa (the celebration of her Assum…
Top Choice Spanish in Elche

El Granaino

Across the river from the centre, El Granaino, with its bar lined with people scarfing down a quick, quality lunch, is worth the 10-minute walk. Top seafood, delicious stews and a fine range of tapas showcase a clas…
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


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…
Valencian in Elche

Dátil de Oro

Within the Parque Municipal, the Golden Date is set up for weddings, with its own chapel and room for 800 diners. At other times it's a lovely spot to dine in a glass pavilion with palmy surrounds. Try local dishes …
Valencian in Elche

Mar i Merlot

Modern and characterised by good wines and polite service, this is an reliable central restaurant in the heart of a fertile eating zone. The tapas and starter portions are all really tasty, with delicious ensaladill…
Valencian in Elche


With big windows, outdoor seating and a long bar, this modern bar-restaurant is a comfortable space with notably cordial service. Though the house speciality is rice, there's plenty more to choose from on the menu. …
Ice Cream in Elche

Gelato Italiano

Prepare to queue for the town's best gelato; it really is worth the wait. Enjoy it at tables on the little plaza and accompany it with decent coffee. It also does slushies and some other desserts.