ELCHE PALM FOREST & SHOE FACTORY

ELCHE – PALMUKAUPUNKI JA KENKÄTEHDAS

7½ hrs

Start your trip with a panoramic tour of the charming town of Cartagena. Then, travel on to visit the World Heritage Site and ‘Palm Forest of Europe’ – Elche. Set in the heart of Costa Blanca, Elche is surrounded by thousands of palm trees, which were originally introduced by the Phoenicians in around 300 B.C. Enjoy a stroll along the meandering paths between the ponds and the abundant plants, shrubs, trees and cacti in the delightful Priest’s Garden. The focal point of the garden is the magnificent eight-trunked ‘Imperial Palm’. During your visit, enjoy specially prepared tastings of local produce including dates, fig bread, and date liqueur, while you watch a palm tree pruning demonstration.

In the old town, you visit la Basílica de Santa Maria, a blue-domed baroque church, restored in the 17th century where the yearly passion play, the ‘Mystery of Elche’ is held.  This is the only passion play that is permitted by the Vatican to take place inside a church and declared by Unesco as World Heritage.

Elche is the main Spanish city for shoe manufactures. Some famous shoe factories are placed here. We will visit one of them with possibilities of baying shoes at factory prices.

 

After some free time for lunch and strolling at the magnificent Municipal Park. Admire the tranquil beauty of the area filled with tall palms and water features. (please note lunch is not included, The guide will give you information of menus)

REMARKS:

The order of visits may vary. Comfortable clothing and especially shoes are recommended, as well as applying sun protection and head covering if necessary.

There are possibilities to sit down at all visits, as there are benches all over and especially at the Priest´s Garden and Municipal Park.

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NOTE: Entrance for the Botanical Garden “Priest Garden” not included.  8 € per person, this price includes the tasting of local products and the entrance.

PRICE OF THE TOUR:

Professional Guide with up to 7 seater car ………………………………440 €

Professional Guide + driver with a 7 seater car ………………………..540 €

Professional Guide + Minibus ……………………………………………   650 €

Professional Guide + Bus up to 54 seater ……………………………..  750 €

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