Old Elche

Elche is in the Valencia region, southeastern Spain. Elche is the Spanish name of the city, and it is also known by its Valencian name Elx.


A city of 225,000 inhabitants, Elche is located just outside Alicante and is the capital of the Baix Vinalopó region. The Vinalopó River divides the city in two. Elche has a history as an industrial city (especially known for its shoe industries). Today the industries are still present, but the city also offers different attractions and services for visitors — among them the huge world heritage listed palm grove.

Get in

By plane

Altet Airport (also known as Alicante-Elche Airport) is 13km from Elche and has flights to over 50 destinations at least weekly.

By boat

The port of Alicante is 20km away, and you can get there by ferry from the Balearic Islands and Oran in Algeria.

By train

Elche is on the Alicante-Murcia line. From either of those cities you can connect to most major cities in Spain. The train line passes the city through an underground tunnel, and there are two railway stations in the city.

By bus

Next to the railway station there's the modern bus station with connection both to Spanish and international destinations.

Bus companies

By car

A-7 (European route E15) stretches along the Mediterranean coast and connects the city to the French border in the north and Algeciras and beyond in the south. Another main route is A-31 connecting Elche to Central Spain. Regional roads connects Elche to places like Alicante and Murcia.

Get around

By bus

Public transportation amounts to taking the bus. For schedules and lines, check the transport section of the city's home page or official page of AUESA in English.

By car

At certain times of the day it might be impossible to find a parking space downtown, therefore you're better off going by bus or foot.


The Palmeral of Elche




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