Elche is a large town in the West of the Alicante Province. Around the area there are other towns including Crevillente and Novelda. The town of Elche has a population of over 200,000 people as well as around the same amount of its world famous Palm trees. Other than its palm trees, the town is famous for its many monuments. Around the town there are many opportunities to take part in activities.
The nearby town of Crevillente is a small town with over 30,000 people living there. This town is also famous for its pomegranate and carpet production. Again around the there are many monuments and places to see including the Museo de la Semana Santa de Crevillent. This is a museum in the town dedicated to showing the history of the town. To the north of Elche there is the town of Novelda. Another small town with just under 30,000 in population. This town is famous for its grapes and even has part of the town called ‘grape valley’. There are also many attractions around the town including the Castillo de la Mola and many restaurants.
Elche is the 20th largest city in Spain. It is famous for the amount of palm trees it has within the city as it has around the same amount of palm trees as population. It is also important within the footwear, rubber and pomegranate industries. One of the main sights of the city is the Palmeral of Elche. It is a garden within the city that houses thousands of the palm trees around the city. It is now a world heritage site.
The cities castle, the Altamera Castle, once used to be the town hall, a jail and is now an archaeology and history museum. Other great attractions include the mud baths and the Calahorra tower. The city has its very own football team called Elche FC.
Near the city of Elche there is the town of Crevillente. It is a town famous 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. The museum has many highly religious exhibits.
Novelda is a wonderful town near the city of Elche. Its closest neighbor 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 spices production and marble production. Near the town there’re multiple different mines in which the town can get its marble from.
One of the most popular attractions in the town is the Santuario Santa Magdalena, which is a beautiful church in the town. The architecture of the church adds to the character of the church. There is also a castle in the town called ‘Castillo de la Mola‘. The castle very similar to the church and has beautiful architecture. Around the town there’re multiple parks. One of the best parks in the town is the Plaza de Espana. It also has a very famous monument called the Monumento Jorge Juan.
The city of Elche has multiple great museums. There is of course the Altamira castle which is now a museum which was talked about above. Another great museum in the city is the Museo Paleontologico de Elche. This is a science museum, a great place for all the family to learn about the work. There’re some of museums around the city, that are great to visit. These are the Museo de la Festa and the Museo Escolar de Pusol.
The town of Crevillente has its own museums. In total there’re five mueums in the town with the Museo de la Semana Santa Crevillent being one of the most famous. The Museo Mariano Benlliure is one of the other great museums of the town alongside the Casa Musec-parc Nou, which is a museum in the grounds of one of the parks of the town.
Parks and Exotic Gardens
One of the main attractions in Elche is the Palmaral of Elche, an exotic garden filled with many different plants and trees. This is great for small walks around the town and it adds to the exotic feel of the town with all the palm trees. There is also the Natural Park of El Fondo, a park in which locals and many alike can visit and get involved in many different water sports or go on long walks and cycles.
Both towns of Crevillente and Novelda have multiple 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. It also has great scenery. In Novelda one of the best parks out of the many there’re is the Oeste park. It has wonderful scenery and multiple different routes around it, making it great for walks and cycles.
Family days out
Near Elche is the Rio Safari park or zoo to you and me. The park is home to hundreds of different animals from all over the world. Some of the favorite animals to see are the big cats such as the African lions, Jaguars and Tigers. These re some of the star attractions. Since the park opened in 1983 it has vastly improved to become one of Spain’s leading zoos. The zoo is part of a European network of zoos and safari parks to protect endangered animals from around the world. Elche is also home to a skate park and multiventura, which is an activity park. Great for birthdays and trips.
Wine and Dine
Elche is a city with many great restaurants and bars. One of the best restaurants near Elche is not actually in the city. It is called La Finca and is on one of the key roads getting into the city. The restaurant serves a great menu and is a great place to host weddings. Visitors can create their own menu, starters to desserts. Other great restaurants in the city include La Masia de Chencho, Restaurante Frisone and Els Capellans. All of which are great restaurants with a range of cuisine served at each restaurants.
Crevillente is a town with great restaurants. Bar Taperia Restaurante El Rincon and Restaurante Las Palmeras are two of the greatest places to dine within the town. El Rincon is a great venue for all the family. It has a great menu for kids and a range of cuisine from Mediterranean to European for all to enjoy.
Casa I’Art Restaurante, a restaurant on the outskirts of the town is one of the restaurants that have made a name for themselves in the town. It has a great choice in the menu and is highly recommended to visit. There’re many other great restaurants in the centre of the town, all are worthy of a visit.
Important Information to know
Overall in the area of Elche, Novelda and Crevillente there are a total of 7 medical centers and hospitals. There are also a number of police stations, stationed around the area. So you are never far from help or assistance if needed. There is also many both public and private schools around the area. Other schools near the area include a business, an international and a language school. Elche also boasts a University with several buildings.
To get to this are of Alicante we recommend to either fly into the Alicante or the Murcia airport. Every day many flights from Europe arrive, so finding the perfect flight for you should nit be too hard. Renting a car to travel to one of the towns or getting a taxi is very easy and would have you in whichever town less than an hour after leaving the airport. There are many bus routes to and from the towns that take you to the cities of Alicante and Torrevieja.
Around these Western Alicante towns, the climate boast a traditional Mediterranean climate. The hottest months are the summer months and have potential to reach the later 30’s in temperature. The coolest months are the months of December, January and February. Around this time the temperature would drop but usually down to the teen temperatures. Generally the area experiences very little rainfall, with the wetter months being in around the months of December, January.
*many of the photos shown above are placement images until we get that ideal shot*