Discover Elche: UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Port

    Cartagena, Spain

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Attention garden-lovers -- this one's for you! Elche is located one hour from Alicante and boasts an amazing microclimate that has enabled the creation of one of the largest palm forests in southern Europe, with nearly 250 000 palms. Commercial palm plantations are not financially viable here, so it is rare to find so many palms in one place

The Palmeral de Elche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Municipal Park to learn more about the different local species, and why there are so many palms here.

The highlight of your tour will be crossing the threshold of the Huerto del Cura -- the Priest's Garden -- which dates back to 1918. With more than 300 types of plants, the garden offers 300 perfect excuses to dawdle, lollygag and procrastinate.

You'll have free time to stroll at your leisure and purchase a taste of some local specialties (at your own expense). Dates palms are the most common variety here, but don't miss the Elisabeth Palm named for Empress Sissi, and the Imperial palm with its many trunks.

Notes:

Travel time to Elche is approximately one hour each way.