Elche & Alicante

Palm Forest + Shoe Factory (Elche) + Santa Bárbara Castle (Alicante)

From 285€/group (+VAT)
5 Hours (approx.)

Natural and archaeological wonders of the Mediterranean.

Enjoy an interesting morning in Elche, the “Palm Forest of Europe”. A town which has been declared a World Heritage site. Drive through part of the palm forest and groves to the delightful “Priest’s Garden”. Here a pleasant visit is made to admire the abundant variety of species of mediterranean plants, shrubs and cactii. The focal point of the garden is the magnificent eight trunk “Imperial Palm”. Enjoy a specially prepared tasting of local produce such as dates, fig bread, dried apricots and date liqueur while you admire a demostration of how a palm tree is pruned. Visit the Basílica of St. Mary where one of the major events in the Elche calender is celebrated - the mediaeval passion play “The Mystery of Elche”, the only passion play which is permitted by the Vatican to take place inside a church. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Elche is the major manufacturing centre for shoes in Spain and, during your visit, a demonstration of the manufacturing process will explain the origins and the development of the trade. Sip a glass of one of the local liqueurs before entering the showroom where a selection of shoes is available to buy at factory prices. Stroll through the tranquil Municipal Park before departing to Alicante to visit the Santa Barbara Castle, one of the largest mediaeval fortresses in Europe where, apart from the interest of the historical aspect, there are stupendous views over the City of Alicante ans the coastline. A panoramic drive will be made before returning to the ship. Note: The palm tree prune demostration is very impressive for people who has never seen how palm trees have to be pruned for health. A palm tree man will climb a palm tree dressing typical clothes and show the visitors how to do it. Due to the way used to climb the palm tree is very peculiar.

Features of the tour

Professional Guide

Gastronomic Route

Cultural Route

Landscape Route

Itinerary

1. Departure from the Port

We will leave the port in the direction of Elche.

2. Arrival at the Botanical Garden

We will cross palm forests on arrival to the charming “Herto del Cura Botanical Garden”. A pleasant visit is made here to admire the abundant variety of species of Mediterranean plants, shrubs and cacti. The focal point of the garden is the magnificent “Imperial Palm Tree” of 8 trunks. Enjoy a specially prepared tasting of local products such as dates, fig bread, dried apricots and date liqueur while admiring a demonstration of how to prune a palm tree.

3. Departure to the centre with the Basilica of St. Mary.

Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria, where one of the most important events of the calendar of Elche is celebrated: the medieval passion “The Mystery of Elche”, the only passion that the Vatican allows to take place inside a church. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

4. Departure to shoe factory

Elche is the largest footwear manufacturing centre in Spain and, during your visit, a demonstration of the manufacturing process will explain the origins and development of the trade. Have a complimentary glass of one of the local liqueurs before entering the showroom, where there is a selection of shoes available for purchase at factory prices.

5. Panoramic return to Alicante.
6. Visit Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante

The Castle of Santa Barbara is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe where, in addition to historical interest, there are wonderful views over the city of Alicante and the coast.

7. Departure back to the boat

Return to the boat for a light panoramic tour.

8. Arrival at the port.

Return to the boat doing a light panoramic tour.

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Prices

Professional guide with a 7 seater car
285€/group (+VAT)
  • 5 Hours
  • Entrance Botanic Garden: 3€ for groups over 20 pax. Less 20 people: 5€
  • Supplement tasting local products: 3,50€ p.p.
  • Prune-Gardener demonstration of palm trees: 50€
Professional guide + driver in a 7 seater car
360€/group (+VAT)
  • 5 Hours
  • Entrance Botanic Garden: 3€ for groups over 20 pax. Less 20 people: 5€
  • Supplement tasting local products: 3,50€ p.p.
  • Prune-Gardener demonstration of palm trees: 50€
Professional guide + Minibus 19 seater
460€/group (+VAT)
  • 5 Hours
  • Entrance Botanic Garden: 3€ for groups over 20 pax. Less 20 people: 5€
  • Supplement tasting local products: 3,50€ p.p.
  • Prune-Gardener demonstration of palm trees: 50€
Professional guide + Bus 54 seater
560€/group (+VAT)
  • 5 Hours
  • Entrance Botanic Garden: 3€ for groups over 20 pax. Less 20 people: 5€
  • Supplement tasting local products: 3,50€ p.p.
  • Prune-Gardener demonstration of palm trees: 50€

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