Palmeral de Elche

Palmeral de Elche is one of the largest palm groves in Europe. The historic Elche Palm Grove has the UNESCO World Heritage designation. It contains nearly 200,000 date palms, some of which have grown spontaneously. Although most were planted by man over the course of centuries. The unusual way of the lay-out gave rise to many orchards (huertos), nearly a hundred of which still exist.

This palm garden today consists of different parts. One of the most famous and most beautiful gardens is the Huerto del Cura orchard, with nearly 500 palm trees, including a specimen that is truly a botanical rarity: the one known as the “Imperial Palm”.

The city of Elche was founded by the Muslims, who designed the Palmeral to take maximum advantage of the region’s extremely severe water conditions. Thanks to its economic importance, the great oasis of Elche has been able to survive to the present day.

What more to do in Elche?

Elche is more than only Palmeral de Elche. Beside the palm trees there are old fortresses and defensive structures. Visit the old town of Elche and you’ll find constructions from different times, with diverse architectural styles, exciting histories and popular celebrations. Right in the centre is the Plaza de la Glorieta. There is the famous replica of the Lady of Elche and an angel representing the Mystery Play of Elche. The mystery play is a well-known drama that tells of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary and that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

A 2-minute walk away is the plaza de la Mercé. With its back to the square, stands the old convent of Santa Lucía. It is a three-storey building with a beautiful neoclassical cloister and a Renaissance-style doorway. It was occupied for years by the nuns of the order of Saint Claire, although long before that it was a place favoured by Muslims for relaxation.

In the foundations of the convent are the Arab Baths, with three vaulted rooms (cold, warm and hot) and a dressing room. In front of the convent’s façade stands the Calahorra tower, a 12th century Islamic watchtower. Its location, next to the main access road from Alicante, ensured the defence of the city.

On the other side of the tower, the plaza de Santa Isabel invites you to dream with its historical feel. Although a little further away than the other monuments in the centre, it is worth going to Santa Teresa bridge. The oldest bridge in Elche and originally made of wood.

Basilica of Santa Maria de Elche

Built on an old Muslim mosque, the Basilica of Elche brings together neoclassical, baroque and renaissance styles. It has 3 carved doorways, 4 chapels and a large dome with blue tiles. More than the looks, it is famous for being part of the stage in the Mystery Play of Elche.

Altamira Palace

Also known as the Alcázar de la Señoría, this castle-palace was built by the Lord of Villena as his private residence. It is part of the city’s defensive network. Therefore the building has cylindrical towers that protect its flanks and a higher four-sided tower to keep watch over anyone approaching. You can gain access by Altamira bridge and crossing the Vinalopó river. Above the you can see from this point the colourful graffiti of the Vibora II Project. It has packed the slopes of the river with murals and urban art.

Kids stuff rental Costa Blanca

Love to go on holidays with small kids but dreaded by the thought of carrying all the kids’ stuff with you? We can imagine! Especially as travelling with kids at the airport is a challenge anyway. So we gathered some tips for kids stuff rental at the Costa Blanca for you.

Our tip: leave it at home! Don’t take cots, high chairs or strollers with you but just the things you really need. It saves you a lot of stress, avoid extra costs at the airline desk and you can hire a smaller car 😬.

In our stays we can rent out a high chair and a travel cot with comfy mattress. Sold out or in need of something else? No worries, with these two specialized entrepreneurs you will find everything you can imagine. From cargo bike to baby bed and from high chair to pram.

  • Sunny Tots in Jávea. Rental service of strollers, travel cribs, high chairs and other children’s equipment for babies. Delivery and pick up service in La Marina Alta (Costa Blanca North)
  • Holiday Kids Stuff in Jávea. A Dutch company renting out kids stuff at Costa Blanca North. Delivery and pick up service

For more practical tips for the perfect holiday at the Costa Blanca, check out our other posts here. Don’t forget we offer beach towels at our stays (Ca la Vall on request). These companies also offer kids stuff rental like toys, beach gear etc.

Hiking routes Vall de Pop

The local tourist office of Vall de Pop organizes guided walks. This spring you can accompany them at hiking routes in the valley or urban routes in the villages. The guided walks are – depending the route – in Castellano, Valenciano or English. We listed up all hiking routes in Vall de Pop.

Urban routes

  • 23/04/23 Parcent (English)
  • 29/04/23 Xaló/ Jalón (Castellano, Valenciano)
  • 04/06/23 Senija (Castellano, Valenciano)
  • 18/06/23 Benigembla (English)
  • 08/07/23 Llíber (English

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Hiking routes

  • 30/04/23 Senija – 10,6 km – medium
  • 06/05/23 Murla – 8 km – easy
  • 21/05/23 Benissa – 9 km – medium
  • 27/05/23 Llíber – 10 km – medium
  • 28/05/23 Benigembla – 9 km – difficult
  • 11/06/23 Murla – 8 km – easy

Subscribe by sending a Whatsapp to Maria at +34 – 616 043 173. For more information check the website of Vall de Pop Tourist Office.

More hiking in Vall de Pop

Vall de Pop is known for the large amount of hiking trails. The trails marked with yellow-white and red-white signals are official hiking routes. An overview of these trails are at the website of the tourist office.

If you like more information about hiking, check our posts about active life at the Costa Blanca, Marina Alta, Jalón Valley and Vall de Pop here. So, put your hiking boots on and discover hiking routes Vall de Pop!

Tourist information Marina Alta

The Costa Blanca is a popular destination. So there’s a lot of tourist information about the Marina Alta region. It’s impossible to mention it all on our website. Of course, we post our favourites, local hotspots and the best tips and tricks.

The Costa Blanca can roughly be divided in two parts: Costa Blanca south and Costa Blanca north. Our stays are in Costa Blanca north, which stretches from Alicante up to Dénia. The Costa Blanca north consists of several smaller regions, like the Marina Alta.

The Marina Alta is limited by Calp in the south and Dénia in the north. It goes inland up to Vall de Gallinera and Vall de Pop. So, a small region but with plenty to do. You’ll find pristine beaches, unspoiled nature and typical Spanish villages. The region is also known for it’s gastronomy, craftwork and local traditions.

A short overview where to find tourist information about the Marina Alta:

When you book a stay with us, we’re happy to help you with personalized recommendations. If you like tourist information about the Marina Alta, a special region or especially with kids for example, we can make you a personalized trip. Also for the best restaurants, shopping addresses or what to do at a rainy day.

The Costa Blanca on a rainy day

What to do at the Costa Blanca on a rainy day? Although the Costa Blanca is known for it’s sunny weather, it does rain now and then. As the region is mainly equipped with activities for sunny weather, it might not easy to find a proper activity for bad weather. Here some – maybe unexpected – suggestions:

  1. Tram Alicante. The Alicante tram connects Alicante with Denia by tram. The views yet are worth a visit. Line L1 connects Alicante to Benidorm and L9 Benidorm to Denia. It stops at all stations in between. ->
  2. Valor chocolate museum. In Villajoyosa you’ll find the Valor chocolate museum. Valor is the leading chocolate brand in Spain. If you love chocolate, just go there!
  3. Shopping centre La Marina. The huge shopping mall La Marina in Ondara is worth a visit anyway, but good entertainment for cloudy or rainy days. There also is a cinema, a lot of restaurants and a padel court
  4. Museo Microgigante in Guadalest. A miniature museum everyone will like. When the weather turns better, combine it with the castle and a walk around the reservoir
  5. Cove de les Calaveres Benidoleig. The cave of the skulls is famour for its long history being used as a refuge by Paleolithic man more than 100.000 years ago.
  6. Treat yourself with a relaxing day in the spa. Thelasso Spa in Altea, Hotel la Sella Spa, Quirobeautique in Calp, Suitopia Hotel Spa in Calp or Hotel Ritual de Terra in Javea

All these activities are on a stone’s throw from our stays. So, no long trips in bad weather needed.

What to do with teens in Jávea?

Doubts if the Costa Blanca is a familiy friendly destination? No need to! Above all, the Costa Blanca is the perfect destination for kids, tweens and teens. Even if – yes, it rarely happens – the sun doesn’t shine ☀️ So, what to do with teens in Jávea?

Forget the thematic parcs with expensive rates, queuing and average food. Take your teens and tweens for an unforgettable trip to Jávea (or Xábia in the local dialect Valenciano). With all the outstanding restaurants in the region a daytrip is easily made.

We offer guests in our stays personalized advice for their trips. For example, special wishes, off the beaten track, activities for small kids? In short, just book your stay with us. For now, we share our top five activities to do with teens in Jávea/ Xàbia:

  • Book a trip on a real Vespa @siestaadvisor
  • Hire a kayak @kayakjavea at the stunning beach of #granadella and discover the coves
  • Cool down in the evening with a thrilling paintball game @paintballdeelitejavea
  • Discover the area on MTB with a bike and or tour from @snakebitemtb
  • And if your teens are a real pain … lock them up in the @projectxescape room

Find these activities @ Instagram. Certainly you find them on Google Maps or internet as well.