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Elche

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Elche, or Elx, is a town located in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó, Spain. According to the 2014 census, Elche has a population of some 228,647 inhabitants (called il·licitans in Valencian and ilicitanos in Spanish), ranking as the third most populated city in the Valencian Community (after Valencia and Alicante) and the 20th largest Spanish city.Part of the municipality is coastal but the main city is some 11km from the Mediterranean Sea. A small creek called Vinalopó flows through the city splitting it in two parts.HistoryLa Alcudia is 10 km from the current city's location and the immediate predecessor of current day Elche. This original location was settled by the Greeks and then occupied by Carthaginians and Romans. Greeks Ionian colonists from the achaian city Helice established their new colony, naming it Helike around 600 BC. The Romans called the city Ilici (or Illice) and granted it the status of colonia; after a brief Byzantine rule, the Goths took over, establishing an episcopal see.Elche lost importance during the period of Moorish occupation, when it was moved slightly north to its present location. James II of Aragon took the city from the Moors in the 13th century, during the Reconquista. The city grew throughout the 18th century and became more important during the 19th century with the arrival of the railway and a booming industrial development of what used to be the traditional footwear industry.
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World heritage site
El Palmeral
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Jardín Huerto del Cura
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Rio Safari Elche
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Bodegas Faelo
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Elche

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Island
Isla de Tabarca Santa Pola
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Santa Pola
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Reina Sofia Park Guardamar del Segura
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Real Casino de Murcia Murcia
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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Outdoor Activity
Parque Municipal
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo Escolar de Pusol
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Playa Del Pinet
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Science Museum
Museo Paleontologico de Elche
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Elche

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Specialty Museum
Museo Arqueologico e historico de Elche (MAHE)
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Parque Arqueologico la Alcudia
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo del Palmeral Huerto de San Placido
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Museo de la Festa
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Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Elche

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Park
Palmeral of Elche
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Paseo De La Estacion
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Elche

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Beach
Playa El Carabassi
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

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