The Costa Blanca is well known for seaside resorts such as Benidorm and Alicante, but, dig a little deeper and you’ll find a truly rich heritage. Elche (historic painting below ) is located in Europe’s largest palm grove, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city has an interesting historical centre, a University and many café bars and restaurants. Elx (in the local Valenciano dialect) hosts the Mystery Play every August as well as a variety of music and cultural festivals throughout the year. The golden beaches are within 15 minutes, the mountains are within reach, and the El Hondo wetland nature reserve is about 20 mins away by car. Not to be missed is the Huerto del Cura Botanical Garden(right), 15th century Altamira Palace, St. Mary's Basilica, and the Palm Trees in the Municipal Park. Other attractions include the Calahorra Tower, (part of the ramparts dating from the 12th century), the Arab Baths in the 16th century convent, and the Town Hall whose door dates from 1441. The weather - well, let’s just say that we think it’s pretty good for physical and spiritual health and well-being! Continue to 'The El Palmeral Story'