Elche is the Region of Valencia’s third largest city in terms of population and is the Spanish footwear capital. The mere mention of Elche immediately evokes images of its spectacular palm tree grove, El Palmeral, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of the Misteri, one of Spain’s most important cultural events, which has also been acknowledged by UNESCO as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and involves the staging of a sung two-part mediaeval drama held on 14th and 15th August.
Altea is one of the prettiest towns on the whole of the Mediterranean, and is blessed with over 6 kilometres of coastline: long, sandy beaches alternate with secluded coves where sea-lovers can quietly enjoy the views. Altea’s old quarter is perfect for ambling through the narrow streets, popping into arts and crafts shops and trying out some of the most charming restaurants in the whole of the province.
Benidorm’s raison d’être is tourism which is the focus of daily activity in this fishing village turned cosmopolitan hotspot on the shores of the Mediterranean. Lively by day, at night its beaches are places for heady entertainment, while the Terra Mítica theme park epitomises Benidorm’s tourist attractions. Young, old and anywhere in between, Benidorm has a time and a place for everyone.
El Castell de Guadalest
Officially declared a Historical and Artistic Site in 1974, this town boasts a huge number and variety of museums, spectacular views of one of the most stunning valleys on the Costa Blanca and fantastic cuisine so typical of the Alicante mountain areas. It is also home to the popular and iconic San José Castle, accessed through a crack in the mountainside that functions as the gateway to this unique spot.