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Why Holiday in Elche

When you have decided to take your holiday in Elche, you will need to choose what type of accommodation you would like to stay in. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect apartment or villa to suit your needs, budget and taste.

There is a wide variety of Elche Accommodation to choose from, in all different parts of the town. If night life is an important part of your holiday, you will find apartments in the centre of the town close to all of the restaurants and bars so that you can be in the thick of all the action. As the night life in Elche is fairly low key, staying in a villa in the old town will not leave you with ringing ears from any nightclubs and bars that pump out music all night long.

If your idea of a great holiday is to sit back and relax on the beach to enjoy the sights and beautiful scenery, then there are plenty of apartments and villas located within easy reach of the beach and surrounded by breathtaking views.

Elche apartments and villas are available in many different sizes and styles, from villas for large families with more than one bathroom and private pools to apartments that would suit smaller groups, families or couples. All Elche apartments and villas will have either terraces or balconies and fully equipped kitchens so that your holiday is comfortable and relaxing. As t here is such a wide variety of holiday rentals available, you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation for your stay. However, you must remember to book your chosen apartment or villa early if you are taking your holiday in the peak season, as this will avoid any disappointment.

History of Elche

Discover the History of Elche
The Historic Elche Church

Elche has a rich history with several different civilizations having made a major impact on the area in one way or another. Elche or Elx is a very popular place with holiday makers and, if you also be interested in history, then you will enjoy every minute of your stay in Elche Villas.

Archaeological remains found in La Alcudia, thought to be the location of the original ancient Elche, show that civilization in the town was flourishing here as early as the Neolithic period. This early community developed and came to be known as Helike to the Iberians in the 5th century. Later, the Carthaginians attacked and devastated the city. When the Romans arrived, Elche was given the name of Ilici and enjoyed a period of wealth.

Elche was moved to its current location when the Moors took control of the area towards the end of the Middle Ages. Then the area was known as Vila Murada and the Moors were responsible for changing the name of the city to Elx, leading to the modern name of Elche. Under the control of the Moors, farming became a prosperous industry. During this time in history, the Palm forest was formed by the Phoenicians and expanded by the Moors; now the forest is a World UNESCO Heritage Site and has around 200,000 trees.

In the Reconquista in the 13th century, James II of Aragon was successful in ousting the Moors from the walled section of the Vila Murada. The surviving Moors were made to leave the city and settle south on the outskirts of the Vila Murada, which they then called Raval de Sant Joan. Thanks to the Moors efficient system of irrigation, Elche maintained its standing as a leading rural area until the 19th century.

By the beginning of the 19th century Elche had become successful in the sandal-making industry which is the basis of the city's shoe industry. With the arrival of the train line the industry boomed even more, leading to Elche growing not only economically but also culturally. Today, lots of companies related to shoe production are established in Elche.

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One of the many Beaches in Elche

When you have decided to take your holiday in Elche, you will need to choose what type of accommodation you would like to stay in. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect apartment or villa to suit your needs, budget and taste.

When you have decided to take your holiday in Elche, you will need to choose what type of accommodation you would like to stay in. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect apartment or villa to suit your needs, budget and taste.

If your idea of a great holiday is to sit back and relax on the beach to enjoy the sights and beautiful scenery, then there are plenty of apartments and villas located within easy reach of the beach and surrounded by breathtaking views.

Elche apartments and villas are available in many different sizes and styles, from villas for large families with more than one bathroom and private pools to apartments that would suit smaller groups, families or couples. All Elche apartments and villas will have either terraces or balconies and fully equipped kitchens so that your holiday is comfortable and relaxing.

As there is such a wide variety of holiday rentals available, you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation for your stay. However, you must remember to book your chosen apartment or villa early if you are taking your holiday in the peak season, as this will avoid any disappointment.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Elche

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Elche's Magnificent Palm Groves

Elche is an historic place, which is abundantly clear when you see the sights and attractions in the town. When you arrive at your chosen Elche accommodation for rent you will not be disappointed if you are looking for culture and history. There are also lots of attractions for fun days out and for relaxation too, so you will not be short of things to do during your stay here.

The old town of Elche has many places of interest to see including the Altimira Palace, which is now the Municipal Archaeological Museum and was built in the 12th century by the Moors. The palace was originally used to house Catholic Monarchs and other important individuals after the Christian conquest. In the palace you will find a replica of the Dama del Elche, which is said to be a piece of Iberian sculpture from the 4th century. It was discovered by chance in 1897 at an archaeological site near Elche and this sculpture is said to be one of the most important pieces found in Spanish history.

The Basilica of Saint Mary is a large domed building. Its construction began in the 17th century by Francesc Verde and was finally completed in 1783. The church has spectacular views over Elche and the palm groves, and hosts the Mystery play of Elche which takes place in August every year.

When you are staying in a villa here and you want a relaxing day out on the beach, La Marina beach is an unspoiled beach with beautiful soft golden sand and calm sea. There are plenty of amenities on the beach and it is in a beautiful setting with palm trees and sand dunes. If you are feeling a little more active, there are lots of opportunities to have a go at, including windsurfing, jet skiing and snorkelling among a host of other water sports.

A must-see sight in Elche is definitely the Elche Palm Groves. There are more than 200,000 palm trees here that were originally planted by the Moors. Therefore, it is not only a beautiful place: it is also very historic. Visitors can walk the route, which is less than two miles, starting at Porta de la Morera and enjoy the orchards and traditional buildings. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Villages around Elche

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Hondon de la Nieves Close to Elche

There are lots of little towns and villages around Elche; some of which are of historical interest and others that are good for a family day out on the beach and enjoying the attractions. Whatever type of day out you would like when you are staying in Elche Holiday Rentals, you are sure to find the perfect place to visit.

Hondon De Las Nieves is a small village near to Elche; it is an area rich in history and culture dating back to ancient times. Amongst one of the best places to visit are the caves: in particular Rollo's Cave, which is thought to have evidence that a settlement existed during the Upper Palaeolithic period. The San Isidro Shrine is one of the most famous monuments in the town: located on the top of a hill it is easily recognised by its big white cross. If it is an action packed day out from your rental apartment that you are looking for, look no further, you and the family can enjoy activities such as horse riding, fishing for trout, hang-gliding, ballooning and quad biking.

Crevillente is known as the carpet city and, when you arrive here, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have walked through a doorway straight into the Middle East. Crevillente is a small town situated at the foot of a mountain range on the river Segura. The handmade carpets here are known worldwide for their quality and beauty, with original designs that are influenced by the Orient. The town has beautiful Islamic architecture interwoven with the cave houses that are carved into the side of the mountain. This really is a great town to visit if you are looking for a cultural day out from your apartment or villa.

All the villages around Elche are well worth a visit, whether it is history and culture you enjoy or just a good day out from your villa with your family, to enjoy the beaches and the different restaurants and bars. When you choose to stay in Elche Holiday Rentals for your holiday, you can have a lot of fun visiting all the different villages that are within easy reach.Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around

Golfing in Elche

Elche Golfing Holidays
Stunning Golf Courses on Elche

When you are thinking of where to book your apartment or villa for that next golfing holiday, why not consider Elche? It is similar to the rest of the Costa Blanca and Elche has excellent golf. The weather is pleasant all year round and the courses are well maintained, making it a pleasure to play a round of golf any time you wish. Golf in this area is very popular as you can imagine and offers a fun day out for both beginners and the more experienced players.

Campo de Golf El Plantio is within easy reach of anyone staying in an apartment in Elche and boasts two golf courses. It is currently the only golf course in the Community of Valencia with these facilities and has been designed for players of all abilities to enjoy. One course is an 18 hole, par 72 course and the other is a 9 hole, par 27 course. The courses have been designed to suit every golfer with large greens, wide fairways and flat water features. If you want to practice your swing before teeing off there is a practice bunker, putting green and driving range. The course has a pro shop, a club house and a restaurant that allows you to take in the views while enjoying a welcome meal and drinks after a hard day’s golf. What better way is there to spend the day?

Font del Llop Golf Resort is located close to Elche in the foothills of the Escotera, Algorfa. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course was designed by Jose Gancedo in 2002 to host top tournaments and has the most superior greens of any course on the Costa Blanca. There are several lakes dotted around the course with flowing water and reed beds: all of which adds to both the beauty and difficulty of the course. The facilities on offer are buggy hire, driving range, putting green, chipping area, a bar and a restaurant: perfect for a bite to eat and a drink after a long day on the golf course.

There are plenty of other golf courses within easy reach of Elche Villas, such as Golf La Finca, Greenlands, Vistabella and more. With so many courses to choose from you will be spoiled for choice when you arrive in Elche to enjoy your golf break.You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Elche Fiesta's

Enjoy Fiesta's When on Holiday in Elche
The Elx Mystery Play Held in August

When you decide to stay in Elche Holiday Rentals, you may be lucky enough to witness one of the famous fiestas held here. Elche's calendar is full of fiestas all of which have religious roots. They start in Holy Week - or Easter Week - and the first fiesta to take place is on Palm Sunday. This involves the residents of Elche parading through the streets with palm leaves.

During Holy Week there are several processions leading up to the joyous Hallelujahs on Easter Sunday, which is also known as the Sunday of Glory Procession. On Easter Sunday hundreds of local people celebrate the resurrection of Christ with large floats passing through the streets, upon which they throw small religious images on coloured paper while shouting “Hallelujah!”

If you book your villa in Elche in August, you will see that the festive activities in the town reach their pinnacle with the celebrations of the Virgin of the Assumption. The celebrations begin with the procession of the Moors and Christians, in remembrance of the Christian conquest of the city in 1265 by King Jaume I. On the 13th of August there is one of the most spectacular parts of the celebrations: it is called Nit de l'Al, with lights, hundreds of fireworks lighting the sky and lots of music. It really is a sight to behold and an experience not be missed.

The August celebrations are all based around the Elx Mystery Play which takes place on the 14th and 15th August. It is a lyrical medieval drama portraying the death of the mother of God. The drama has two acts: “La Vespra” which is performed on the 14th and “La Fiesta” which is performed on the 15th. During the week following this there are several other important events, including la Roa and Mare de Deu.

There is a single celebration in December which takes place on the 28th called the Arrival of the Virgin. The peak of this festival is a re-enactment of one of the Mystery Play’s character Canto's swift horses riding through the streets of Elx. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Elche

Dining out While on Elche Holidays
Mouthwatering Elche cuisine

Although the town is quite large, the night life in Elche is fairly understated and it is not considered to be a party town. Many people spend the evenings away from their villas and apartments, strolling along the streets and enjoying a meal in one of the many great restaurants. Although there are some lively venues, they are few and far between in Elche.

There is however a good choice of restaurants to choose from when you are staying in your apartment in Elche, ranging from traditional Spanish that usually serve Elche's most well known dish - “Arroz con Costrato”, or rice with a burnt base - to international restaurants such as British, Indian, Chinese and fast food restaurants.. There will be something to suit everyone's taste every night of your holiday and the kids are well catered for too.

Meson El Granaino is a restaurant located in the heart of the town and offers a great choice of traditional Spanish dishes from both Levante and Andalucia. They serve dishes such as stew and a good selection of tapas. La Magrana restaurant is great for both traditional and international cuisine. It has a great atmosphere and was even mentioned in the Michelin guide.

After enjoying a meal in Elche why not take the family to one of the nearby theatres, where parents can enjoy a relaxing drink while the kids have fun laughing at the comedy shows. When you are staying in Elche Accommodation to Rent, you will find that the nearby bars are always welcoming and fully stocked with a variety of drinks and, although the night-life is quietly understated, there are still several bars in which you can party the night away.

Shopping in Elche

Elche Holiday Shopping
Weekly Street Markets in Elche

For some retail therapy whilst on holiday, you have definitely come to the right place. If you are mad about shoes you will be in heaven: there are over one hundred shoe manufacturers and shoe shops in the city. However, there is much more to shopping in Elche than just shoes! It has a large commercial centre offering international brands, markets, small traditional shops and plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés for the occasional pit stop while you are shopping. During your stay in Elche Villas you may want to take a day out from the sun and go shopping, either for yourself or for souvenirs to take home for friends and family.

In the centre of the historic city of Elche is the main shopping district and it is here that you will find a wide range of shops selling holiday essentials, gifts and souvenirs. The El Corte Ingles department store is very popular and sells just about anything you could want. The Salvador Artesano Factory is an absolute must for shoe lovers as it is the size of a football pitch and has an abundance of shoes and sandals that are produced there.

If it is market shopping that you are looking for, there are several weekly markets within easy reach of your rental apartment, selling clothes, shoes, toys and music. There are also fresh fruit and vegetable markets and the produce is produced and sold by the local farmers in Elche.

The Commercial Shopping Centre is just outside of the main city and is called The Centro Commercial l’Aljub shopping mall. It is an indoor shopping centre with many familiar shops to choose from, including Eroski, Bershka, C&A, H&M, Primark and many more. There is even a play area where the kids will be entertained for hours.Take a look at our shopping guide here

Best Times to Visit Elche

Elche benefits from great weather all year round which means that the area is great for a holiday at any time of year. However, if you prefer hot weather, the summer would be the best time to come and stay in Elche Holiday Rentals. Of course, with the summer weather the crowds get bigger, and August is the most popular month for holiday makers. In June, July and August all of the bars and restaurants are open along with hotels and attractions, so there will be plenty for you and your family to do and see on your holiday. The weather in the summer can reach the high 30 degrees Celsius. This is very hot and the time that the sun is at its strongest.

If you prefer a quieter, more relaxing holiday and are not worried about a few amenities being closed, then the best time to book your stay in an apartment here would be October and November, or from April to June. The larger summer crowds have gone and, although some businesses close for the winter, there will still be plenty to do and the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

The winters in Elche are still mild although there can be a few cold days. If you prefer a very quiet holiday this is the perfect time to book your trip: with far less people in the area you will be able to enjoy sightseeing, hiking and biking.

Climate for Elche

Elche is fortunate to have an excellent Mediterranean climate, which means that it has hot summers and mild winters. Elche is an inland town on the Costa Blanca South and has around 2,800 hours and 325 days of sun each year.

In the summer months of July and August the temperatures can reach almost 40 degrees Celsius during the day and the evenings are also hot and sticky. This is the peak time for tourists to visit and stay in Elche Villas. September is also classed as a summer month, however it is a little cooler than the rest of the summer and less crowded.

The winter months are between November and April. They are quite mild with an average temperature of around 14 degrees Celsius although there can be some colder days and a little rain at this time. The winters are generally much quieter with far less visitors.

Getting To and Around Elche

There are several different ways to get to Elche when you have booked to stay in Elche Holiday Rentals. The easiest and most popular way to get there is by plane. The nearest airport to the city is Alicante which is only 11 kilometres away. You also have the option of flying into Murcia Airport which is the second closest airport at 56 kilometres away. Both airports are serviced by a number of both chartered and “no frills” airlines from most regional airports, so finding a flight that suits you should not be a problem. The flight time from the United Kingdom is around two and a half hours.

If you would prefer to travel to Elche by land for your holiday, and have a fun road trip before your holiday starts, there are plenty of links between the United Kingdom and France either by ferry or the Euro Tunnel. There are also several important roads to take on your journey through Spain. The A-7 links Elche to the rest of the Mediterranean coast and Europe. The N 330 is part of the basic Spanish road system. The N 340 links Alicante, Elche and Murcia via Orihuela. The coastal road N332 connects all of the major Costa Blanca tourist resorts.

While you are on holiday in Elche, you will want to get around and enjoy all that the town has to offer. You have several different options for getting around: the easiest of which is to hire a car from one of the many available companies in the area. If you prefer not to drive while you are on your holidays there are plenty of other alternatives for travelling around the area. Buses are a good option and from the bus station, which is next to the train station, you can get buses that will transport you to all major Spanish cities as well as the neighbouring towns. The trains stop in nearby Torrellano and they will connect you to the rest of Spain with ease.

There are plenty of taxis available in the town which are very handy if you want to tour around while staying in your holiday rental apartment. You should bear in mind however that they can be expensive if you choose to use them frequently for the duration of your holiday.

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Elche The City of Palms World Heritage SiteAs a result of its expansive palm tree grove, Elche is known as The City of Palms. Another name given to it is the Palmeral of Elche. It is considered to be the only palm forest in Europe. The palm trees are believed to have been originally planted by Phoenicians during the 6th century BC. The forest consist of over 10,000 palm trees with the majority of them being date palms. The grove, at present, covers more than 3.5km and includes many beautiful gardens and parks.
Things to Do in ElcheElche is known as the "city of palms", and with more than 300,000 of these tropical trees lining the parks and avenues of the city its nickname comes as no surprise. Most of these can be found in Europe's largest palm plantation, which lies within the confines of the city. The plantation itself is a protected area where the palms are nurtured by the original Arabic irrigation system of ditches and channels.
Towns & Resorts on Costa Blanca Elche is a town of national importance as it has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. When you first arrive here the one thing that strikes you is the number of palm trees here. There are hundreds of them that line the streets and plazas and are great for shade on a hot summers day. Elche's history dates further back than the Byzantine Empire, as a result there is an abundance of architecture to be explored. Elche is also known world wide for its Mystery Play, chronicling the life of the Virgin Mary. Currently the economy depends not only on tourism but the production of foot ware which is a rather large industry in itself.
Villages of Costa BlancaElche is the capital of the El Baix district and was originally located in L’Alcudia where the bust of the Lady of Elche was discovered. The city was moved however by the Moors to its current position and surrounded by the palm trees that give the town its nickname the City of Palms. More than 300,000 of the tropical trees line streets and cover the huge protected plantation located on the edge of the city. They are evident in every area of Elche, especially the beautiful Huerto del Cura – Priests Garden.
Golf in Elche The El Plantio Golf Club is the only one in the region of Valencia that has two golf courses, the first is the excellent 18 holes, and the second is a very pretty little 9-hole course. The Abundant vegetation is a major feature of this well-designed golf course where the outstanding quality of the greens and fairways are perfectly noticeable. The rounds are well adapted to player's possibilities and all levels are catered for, making El Plantio the ideal destination for the whole family.