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ElcheSpain

Discover another side to the Mediterranean in Elche, where you can lose yourself among thousands of palm trees, take a walk through impressive monuments and rest on its beaches.

Elche is well-known for shoe-making and for its magnificent palm grove, which can boast the honour of being the largest in all of Europe, but its attractions go far beyond just that: discover them as you stroll through the old town, sunbathe on its great beaches or have something to eat on the terraces in the town centre.

If you want to enjoy an authentic cultural treasure, organise your holidays in Elche for August, when the famous mystery play of Elche is held, a representation of the assumption of the Virgin Mary that dates back to medieval times and has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It’s held in the basilica of Santa Maria de Elche, a monument with a tower offering spectacular views of the palm grove. If you’d rather visit the city at another time of year, you’ll find a virtual recreation of the Mystery at La Fiesta museum.

Don’t miss the Arab Baths, located in the basement of the La Merced convent, one of the few examples of Islamic architecture still preserved in the region. Also visit the Archaeology and History Museum of Elche (MAHE), with a rich patrimony that will fascinate you. If you’re looking for cheap holidays to Elche to take your children, don’t miss the Paleontological museum, which includes a 3D reproduction of a collection of bones.

Make the most of Elche’s over five miles of coastline by sunbathing and taking a dip in the clear blue waters of beaches such as El Altet, El Pinet or El Carabassi. Also, discover the city’s unique natural surroundings, nestled in Elche’s palm grove, a massive stretch of land with 200,000 palm trees spread throughout the groves.

If you want to take advantage of holiday deals to Elche, you can reach the city by car, train or bus. The nearest airport is Alicante, which is approximately 6 miles away.

Still not familiar with this corner of Alicante? Start looking for package holidays to Elche and enjoy a fun-filled stay on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Where to stay in Elche

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Top hotels in Elche

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Areca
Hotel Areca
4 out of 5
The price is £54 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Arenales Beach, El Corte Ingles Shopping Center and Palmeral of Elche. Altamira Palace and Santa ...

4.3/5Excellent! (890 reviews)

"Located short drive from airport & good quality facility."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

Hotel Areca
Huerto Del Cura Hotel
Huerto Del Cura Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £69 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Situated in Elche, this hotel is steps away from Huerto del Cura Garden and Palmeral Museum. Elche Arab Baths and Santa Maria Basilica are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (383 reviews)
Excellence in Elche!

"Beautiful setting for an excellent hotel."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Huerto Del Cura Hotel
Hotel Sercotel AG Express
Hotel Sercotel AG Express
2 out of 5
The price is £33 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated near the airport, this residence is within 9 miles (15 km) of Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium, Altamira Palace and Palmeral of Elche. Archaeology and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (259 reviews)

"Good and clean. Nice employees with good manners ."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Hotel Sercotel AG Express

Top Holiday Rentals in Elche

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Sercotel AG Express
Hotel Sercotel AG Express
2 out of 5
The price is £33 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated near the airport, this residence is within 9 miles (15 km) of Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium, Altamira Palace and Palmeral of Elche. Archaeology and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (259 reviews)

"Good and clean. Nice employees with good manners ."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Hotel Sercotel AG Express
Finca Santa Barbara
Finca Santa Barbara
3 out of 5
The price is £54 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated in Elche, this apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Archaeology and History Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Un buen destino

"Lugar tranquilo y agradable. Se agradece el detalle de disponer de hielo y agua, además de la cesta con detalles con aceite, vinagre, sal, infusiones,... Hay jabón para fregar y ducharse. El lugar y distribución es fantástico. Con buena metereologia puedes trabajar, gracias al wifi, en el exterior. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Finca Santa Barbara
Infinity View Apartments - Marholidays
Infinity View Apartments - Marholidays
4 out of 5

Situated in Elche, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Carabassi Beach and Arenales Beach. Playa de L'Altet and Cala de la Virgen are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Enjoyed stay and hotels.com made it stress free and was very accomadating with all my needs will defo book through this website again"…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017

Infinity View Apartments - Marholidays

Popular places to visit in Elche

Arenales Beach
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Arenales Beach

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Arenales Beach, a popular beach in Elche. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's bars.

Palmeral of Elche
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Palmeral of Elche

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Palmeral of Elche, a lovely green space in Elche. While you're here, you can savour the lively bars.

Altamira Palace
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Altamira Palace

4.5/5(13 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Elche when you stop by Altamira Palace. While you're here, you can savour the lively bars.

Top things to do in Elche

VIP Salon Ifach Lounge at Alicante Airport (ALC)
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VIP Salon Ifach Lounge at Alicante Airport (ALC)

£27
Per adult
Alicante at Your Pace Full-Day Excursion
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Alicante at Your Pace Full-Day Excursion

£35
Per adult
3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show
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3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show

£85
Per adult
Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante
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Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante

£76
Per adult
Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Alicante with official guide
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Alicante with official guide

£109
Per adult
Private Transfer from Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport to La Finca Golf Resort
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Private Transfer from Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport to La Finca Golf Resort

£80
Per adult

Reviews of Elche

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Dec 2019

Didn't go into Elche only there to pick up my wife from airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct 2019

Nice town, easily walkable and flat. Lots of nice restaurants and cafes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Jul 2019

Lovely gardens, nice old town with good shops and cafes

4/5 - Good

David

7 Jun 2019

Some interesting museums and old buildings. Much history.

Cities near Elche

Alicante which includes a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Alicante

Santa Pola showing a coastal town, general coastal views and a sunset

Santa Pola