The city of Elche is a surprising family tourism destination.
Did you know that the city of Elx (or Elche) has received three UNESCO international distinctions? The first for its Palm Grove, the second for the Misteri de Elx, and the third for the Center for Traditional Culture-School Museum of Pusol. In this post we are going to have a closer look at these interesting sites.
Exploring the Palm Grove
The Palm Grove is formed by the palm orchards of Elche. It is the largest Palm Grove in Europe, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A fund activity for the whole family is to look for dragons with Ili Palmir, the most intrepid explorer of Elche. Have a look at the video to see what this activity is about.
A comic and a map (which you can download right here or buy at the Tourist Office for 1 euro) allow you to follow the proposed route, which crosses the Municipal Park and then passes through the most emblematic places of Elche
Get to know the Mistery Play of Elche "El Misteri d’ Elx"
Every August, the representation of El Misteri d ’Elx takes place: a sacred lyrical drama about death, the Assumption and the Coronation of the Virgin. A play that has been represented without interruption since the mid-15th century in the Basilica of Santa María and in the streets of the city of Elche.
It constitutes a living testimony of medieval European religious theater and devotion to the Virgin. This sung theatrical representation consists of two acts that are performed on August 14 and 15.
More than 300 volunteers participate each year in the performance as actors, singers, stage directors, stage hands, seamstresses and mayors.
Visit the Pusol School Museum
This innovative educational project was implemented in the rural public school of Pusol (Elche, Spain) in 1969. Guided by teachers and external collaborators, the children explored, in a playful environment, the rich heritage of Elche.
The project has trained almost 500 schoolchildren and has resulted in a school museum with more than 100,000 items from all ethnological aspects: agriculture, commerce, industry, folklore, traditions ...
A Family Adventure
If your family likes adventure, you can visit Multiaventura Elche, a park where you can experience many adventures, both with young children and with older children and adults. There are multi-adventure circuits of different heights and difficulties, you can practice archery, take a boat ride, play laser-tag ...
The entry to the park is free. You only pay for the activities and circuits you want to do.
Get on board the Tourist Train
A good way to get to know the city of Elche with children is with the tourist train, the youngest family members will love it. In a 40-minute tour you will see the most emblematic areas of the city: the Municipal Park, part of the historic center and the Ruta del Palmeral. The starting point is in front of the Tourist Office, next to the Municipal Park.
A (holi)day at La Marina Resort & Camping
Since there are so many things to do in Elche with children, you might want to stay for a weekend. One of the most impressive camping resorts in the Region of Valencia is based in Elche: the La Marina Resort. It has more than 447 plots, 70 bungalows, 25 villages and 1 premium villa.
It also has the Aquamarina water park with slides, soft slopes, rapids ... The Lake Theme Pool is made up of different waterfalls, pools with hydromassage and a water bar.
A day out at Río Safari Elche
Río Safari Elche is an animal conservation center located on the Elche-Santa Pola Highway that is home to different species of animals from all over the world. It is an ideal place to spend a day, getting to know the different animals.
Enjoy nature at the El Hondo Natural Park
El Hondo, shared by the towns of Elche and Crevillent, has been a natural park since 1988 and an ideal place to enjoy nature with children. There are different hiking trails that can be done with children. The yellow route, the red route and the blue route are short in distance and easy to follow as a family.
Let´s go the beach
Elche has 6 beaches to enjoy during sunny days. The Arenales del Sol beach for example is ideal to go with children. It has a long promenade, equipped with wooden walkways to access the shore.