Elche is a large town in the west of the Alicante province, famous for its vast palm groves and the iconic Basilica of Santa Maria. Surrounding the historic town are the quaint locations of Crevillente and Novelda, rich in cultural and historical heritage. All of these areas are rich in opportunities for properties, holidays and unforgettable experiences.
Elche is the 20th largest city in Spain, famous for its palm trees and its importance to the footwear, rubber and pomegranate industries. One of the main sights of the city is the Palmeral of Elche, a garden within the city that houses thousands of palm trees. It is now a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city’s castle, Altamera Castle, used to be a town hall and a jail before being redeveloped as an archaeology and history museum. Other great attractions include the mud baths and the Calahorra tower. The city even has its very own football team: Elche FC.
Near the city of Elche is the famous town of Crevillente. It is long-celebrated for its carpet production, pomegranates and different types of trees. The carpet industry has existed in this part of Alicante since the 18th century. The Museo de la Semana Santa de Crevillent is one of the most important attractions within this town.
Novelda is a wonderful town near the city of Elche. Its closest neighbour is the town of Aspe between the city of Elche and the town. The town is commonly known as the ‘Grape Valley’ for its world-famous grape production. The town is also famous for its spice and marble production.
One of the most popular attractions in the town is the Santuario Santa Magdalena, a historic and architecturally significant church. There is also a castle in the town called Castillo de la Mola. The castle is very similar to the church and has beautiful architecture.
For keen walkers and cyclists, the town offers a number of parks, including the gorgeous Plaza de Espana. It also has a famous monument called the Monumento Jorge Juan – a must see!
Museums In The Area
The city of Elche hosts several award-winning museums, including the Museo Paleontologico de Elche. This is a science museum and a great place for all the family. For something a little bit different, try the Museo de la Festa and the Museo Escolar de Pusol.
Meanwhile, the neighbouring town of Crevillente similarly offers a variety of intriguing museums.There are five museums dotted across the town, with the Museo de la Semana Santa Crevillent continuing to be a huge draw for tourists and locals alike. The Museo Mariano Benlliure is another fantastic museum alongside the Casa Musec-Parc Nou, based within the grounds of one of the town’s parks.
Even Novelda has its own range of museums, including Casa de la Cultura and the town’s local history museum, Casa Museo Modernista.
Parks and Exotic Gardens
One of the main attractions in Elche is the wonderful Palmaral of Elche, an exotic garden filled with a huge array of trees and plant life. Great for a small and insightful walk, visitors really get a feel for the town with the route’s lined path of glorious palm trees. For more connections, check out El Fondo: a natural park in the area that is popular with joggers, cyclists and players of watersports and soccer.
Crevillente and Novelda are both home to a variety of public parks. In Crevillente, the biggest park is Parque Nuevo – also known as Park Nou. It is the largest in the town and has great routes within it for walks and runs, as well as breathtaking scenery. In Novelda, one of the best parks is the Oeste park. It has wonderful scenery and multiple routes around it, making it great for walkers and cyclists.
Family Days Out
Near Elche is the Rio Safari Park – a huge attraction in the area and a site certainly worth a visit. The park is home to hundreds of animals from all over the world, including star attractions such as African lions, jaguars and tigers. Since the park opened in 1983, it has vastly improved to become one of Spain’s leading safaris. The safari is part of a European network of zoos and safari parks which protects endangered animals from around the world. Elche is also home to a skatepark and Multiventura, a popular activity park.
Wine and Dine
Elche is a city that truly prides itself on its bars and restaurants. One of the area’s most celebrated restaurants is La Finca, located along the key road into the city. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu. Notably, visitors can create their own menu, from starters to desserts. Other great restaurants in the city include La Masia de Chencho, Restaurante Frisone and Els Capellans.
Crevillente is another town with several great restaurants. Bar Taperia Restaurante El Rincon and Restaurante Las Palmeras are two of the most popular. We recommend El Rincon as a venue for all the family, with a great menu for kids and a range of international cuisines for adults. Meanwhile, Casa I’Art Restaurante has established itself with a broad menu and welcoming atmosphere.
Around these towns, the climate boasts a traditional Mediterranean climate. The hottest months are in summer and have potential to reach the late 30s in temperature (celsius). The coolest months are the months of December, January and February. Generally, the area experiences very little rainfall, with the wettest months being around December and January.
In the areas of Elche, Novelda and Crevillente, there are a total of 7 medical centres and hospitals, as well as several police stations across the area. There are public and private schools around the area, as well as a university in Elche.
To get to this area of Alicante, we recommend flying into the Alicante or Murcia airport. Renting a car is easy, whilst many bus routes can take you to the cities of Alicante and Torrevieja.