The island of Tabarca, originated by two islands linked by a landslength, has developed into one of the attractions of the province. It is 11 kilometers from Alicante district, and belongs to this municipality. It contains a protected marine reserve, where one can find the largest variety of fish from all over the province. There are several beautiful dive sites. You can leave both Alicante and Torrevieja with a beautiful boat where you can, in most cases, be in the bottom of the boat so you have a wonderful view of life under the Mediterranean. The trip takes about 40 minutes and you will be seated on the island for easy exploring. At the end of the day you will be picked up and returned to the port.
In Buscot there is a beautiful cave to see. The journey to it is only worth it, but you have to drive an hour away.
Is of Iberian origin, named among the Greeks Helice and among the Romans Colonia Julia Ilici Augusta. The city is the stamp of long Moorish domination. Now, Elche makes its narrow streets and steps, with the white houses and the flat roofs an African impression. In the middle of the 13th century, Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city of Christian Spain. Since 1296, she belonged to the kingdom of Valencia. Three things make Elche’s fame: the palm tree, the medieval mystery game and the Lady of Elche.
The palms forest: On three sides, the city is surrounded by Europe’s largest palm forest with about 170,000 date palms. In part, these are over 200 years old and rarely reach a height of 40 meters. Every year, Spain spans the palm trees of Elche for Palm Sunday. The construction of the palmen forest probably goes back to the Cathagers, but in Moorish times it was taken care of; After all, the sons of Africa saw the tree of their homeland in the palm tree. In the Huerto del Cura, part of the forest, is an exceptionally beautiful palm, the Palmera del Cura, called Palmera Imperial, which divides into seven arms.
Misterio de Elche: The medieval mystery game is performed annually on 14 and 15 August in the Santa Marí church; It depicts the death and the Ascension of Mary. Only men play and sing the game in the old Catalan language. Apart from Mary, apostles, angels, saints, Jews and the Holy Trinity also arise. The mystery game of Elche would have been the example of the much later created Italian opera.
Dame de Elche: The female limestone bust, on which there are still traces of paintings, was found in 1897 south of Elche, La Alcudia, and has announced the name of the city around the world. This artwork from the 4th to the 3rd century BC. Belongs to the Iberian-Greek culture and is now located in the archaeological museum in Madrid. In the archaeological museum of Elche there is a copy of the bust.
Besides the sights: Near the Santa Maria church is the Calahorra Gate, which belonged to the Moorish district. In the 15th century the gate was given its current appearance. The Plaza Mayor is the 17th-18th century Casa del Ayutamiento (town hall); Along the facade beautiful balconies. The Tower, Torre del Consell, dates back to the 15th century. Visiting also deserves the Fortaleza de la Señoria (also called Palacio de Altamira). The fortress thrives in the 15th century and was a residence of the graves of Altamira. Previously, there was a Moorish castle, which temporarily placed the kings of Aragón and the “Catholic kings”.
Les Fonts de lalgar is a beautiful place where a waterfall flows from a natural source. It’s definitely worth a day to go here. You can also enter the water here. There are several places where you can dive the clear and very cold water. This certainly gives a nice cooling in the summer. For those who prefer a different way of cooling, there is a restaurant, which overlooks one of the falls from the terrace. Outside the gate there are several stalls where all kinds of souvenirs can be bought. On arrival, looking for a parking place do not indicate the best parking space. After all, it’s not free and you have to go a long way. So be sure to see the entrance and try to find a place.
On the whole of the Costa Blanca you will find cave houses here. They are often excluded because only the front of the house can be seen. There is often nothing at first sight, but usually the part behind the front is built entirely in a rock. These are original caves, which are now used as a living space. In the village of Rojales you can visit such cave houses. They are often used by artists who exhibit their products. “Cuevas” signs indicate the route.
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