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Elche

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8 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    First day of cheating.

    August 4 in Spain

    What was supposed to make life easier & to a certain extent safer initially didn't seem to be all it was cracked up to be. Various minor ailments suggested that 80 miles wasn't the smartest of options but getting to Murcia airport & then negotiating the bizarre intricacies of the rental agreement pushed the stress levels way beyond what an imminent mountain could. It's the first time I've had to deal with a downgrade & having to pay for a tank of petrol without being due warned. Back to the hotel & the receptionist thought I was clincally insane to have done what I'd already done. Because of the 4 wheels & motor there was a little more freedom. Decided to head towards Elche - a world herritage site - a historic palm grove (but that doesn't really do the size justice) In an outlying town there was the obligatory Christ statue on a mountain - they love him in the latin parts. Afraid it was quite Rio though. Made it to Elche & proceeded to go round in circles trying to find somewhere to park. That sorted headed to the visitor centre - ambled around the main palm area - lots of shade = good. Then went with the recommendation - climb the cathedral tower. 170 steps in 40° heat - going to be sweaty. Views were good & showed the scale of the palms. Had some ice cream on the way back to the car. Heading off to the hotel, passed a number of castles - clearly a sought after neck of the woods at one point. Stopped at Saxo Castle - closed but could walk up the hill to it. Made it to the hotel by 6 - refreshed & relatively sweat free. I was told about the fiesta that was happening tonight. The towns great & good were running a racing around Moixant - in this heat. Surely they need to rethink the date of their fiesta - August is always stupid hot. Wasn't tempted in the slightest but made entertaining viewing for a while. Headed back to watch the match.Read more

  • Day402

    Left Valencia and headed south along the Costa del Sol for a couple of hours. Our destination today was the city of Elche, and its World Heritage listed palm groves. Arrived around 12pm and struggled to find a decent lunch option, so we ended up with kebabs!

    It was extremely windy for some reason, just howling through at 50+ kmh which was pretty intense, but we pressed on anyway.

    The Palmeral is a famous and long-lasting palm plantation, date palms that were originally brought over from north Africa by the Moors during their long occupation of Spain. They knew a thing or two about growing palms in desert oases, so the groves thrived and dates became a local staple crop. When the Moors were conquered by the Catholics, the palm groves found a new purpose - providing fronds for Palm Sunday celebrations, and apparently most of Spain's Palm Sunday celebrations use fronds from this area.

    We spent a couple of hours walking through a manicured garden area and filming various things, then another hour or so in a large area of groves. Not sure whether it was farmed land or just public parks, but it was quite nice nonetheless.

    Back in the car where we drove about 20 minutes or so back to the coast to just outside Alicante, and our new apartment. It's just a private room for a couple of nights while we finish the sites here. The man who let us in seemed nice enough though didn't speak much English. The apartment was quite large and sunny (though also extremely windy!), so we just hunkered down in our room with the door shut so Schnitzel couldn't go wandering.

    We're right on the beach here so headed down to the bars underneath us for dinner - just some simple tapas again.
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