Love museums, gardens and bars? Get away to Elche!

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.

Known for

Museums, Gardens and Historical Buildings

Top hotels in Elche

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Areca
4 out of 5
£52/night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (763 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium, Arenales Beach and El Palmeral Park. Palmeral of Elche and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (763 reviews)

"Very good hotel staff are excellent could not be more helpful"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Hotel Areca
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Hotel ibis Elche
2 out of 5
£39/night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (198 reviews)

Situated in Elche, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium, Palmeral of Elche and Altamira Palace. Santa Maria Basilica is 1.8 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (198 reviews)

"Easy to access, good price, clean. Staff was good and the place is calm."…"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019

Hotel ibis Elche
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Hotel Montemar
3 out of 5
£28/night
22 Sep-23 Sep
3.2/5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Elche, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from La Marina Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from EL Pinet Beach. Salinas de Santa Pola Nature Reserve and Guardamar ...

3.2/5 (5 reviews)

"Me gusto el sitio, y la terraza. No me gusto la habitación, muy reducida."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019

Hotel Montemar

Popular things to do in Elche

Santa Maria Basilica
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Santa Maria Basilica

Learn more about the local history when you visit Santa Maria Basilica, a well-known historical site in Elche. While you're here, you can savour the lively bars.

Top activities in Elche

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

£27

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Sala VIP Salon Ifach. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, TV, snacks, and drinks.

Rio Safari Elche with Transport from Benidorm or Albir
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Rio Safari Elche with Transport from Benidorm or Albir

£22

Rio Safari Elche is the perfect environment for a day out. This zoo is located in a beautiful palm tree field in a Mediterranean area that enjoys 320 days of annual sunshine, and is home to hundreds of amazing animals from all corners of the world.

Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm
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Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm

£18

Discover two of Spain's most visited villages: the mountaintop village of Guadalest with its numerous museums, shops, and cafes and then head off to the natural water park in Algar. You will be collected by coach at your chosen start point.

Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante
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Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante

£75

Feel the passion and energy of Spain come alive on this evening that celebrates 2 of the country's most important traditions—tapas and flamenco. Enjoy great conversation as you dine on a selection of authentic creations while looking out over stunning Alicante city center, and then prepare your senses for a spirited performance of Spain's national dance.

3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show
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3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show

£82

Live like a local on a day filled with 2 of the country's most important traditions—paella and flamenco. Enjoy great conversation as you dine on a selection of authentic creations while looking out over stunning Alicante harbour, and then head into the historic district for a spirited performance of Spain's national dance.

Alicante: 3–Hour Cooking Class and Rice Tasting with a Local
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Alicante: 3–Hour Cooking Class and Rice Tasting with a Local

£38

Learn to cook like the Spanish in a typical home in the beautiful district of Sant Joan d'Alacant, and get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly professional chef. Enter the home of your cook and teacher, Jorge, in one of the most dynamic districts of the city.