Elche is a town located in the comarca of BaixVinalopó, 21 kilometres (13 miles) from Alicante.
It can be reached by flight arriving to the Alicante-Elche (ALC) International Airport, or by train (see transport info).
The millennial city offers great cultural wealth, much more than what travellers usually expect. Three sites listed in the different categories of UNESCO’s World Heritage lists, the Historic Palm Grove, the Mystery Play of Elche and the Pusol School Museum. Its beaches, natural spaces, culture, gastronomy, festivals, shopping and a wide range of leisure activities make it a unique destination in the Mediterranean.
Regarding gastronomy, Elche a wide variety of local products are used. A rich orchard and the proximity of the coast influenced the history of the local gastronomy. Arroz con costra (egg-baked rice) is the best-known dish of the Elche gastronomy, although rabbit and snails paella and the traditional “Puchero con pelotas” (a kind of meatballs stew) are also outstanding. If you are looking for a place in which you can taste and enjoy its wonderful gastronomy, there is a wide range of restaurants in the city as well as in other areas surrounding Elche, such as in the countryside, which are available for the visitors. These restaurants offer traditional Mediterranean food, international cuisine and the most up-to-date author’s cuisine. However, if you wish to have some “tapas” or appetizers, there are some interesting places in which you can taste the most exquisite products.
Finally, for shopping lovers, the footwear industry of Elche is internationally renowned for its extensive range of fashions, designs and quality. Elche Business Park, at seven kilometres from the city centre, offers organized routes and visits through the outlets shops, where visitors will not be able to resist. Additionally, textile products, food products, fashion accessories, cosmetics and furniture are all available there.
Elche waits for you!
More info: http://www.visitelche.com/en/
Elche has an excellent connection with the International Airport of Alicante-Elche (ALC), located in the borough of Elche, the A-7 motorway, the near port and the railway links. Airport Info
There are Bus Services every hour to/from Elche/Airport (cost 2€ approx.) More Info and Schedules
Taxi ride costs between 19-24€. Radio Taxi Info
Elche is located at the mid-point on the local train line which links Alicante and Murcia. The railway, which traverses the city by an underground route, has two passenger stations in the city centre. Your nearest stop to the conference venue and the downtown is Elche Parque / Elx Parc. Info Trains Alicante from/to Elche
There is a fast train from/to Madrid (Atocha) to/from Alicante/Alacant in 2.15 hours. With your train ticket (return ticket fee from 60 to 105€) you can purchase a free ticket for the local train to Elche. Trains info and tickets platform
Elche also has a bus station located adjacent to the railway station, just in front of the conference venue, with regular services both to nearby towns as well as to major national and international destinations. There are regular bus connections to/from Alicante.
By Car or Bus
Elche is connected to the rest of the Mediterranean coast and to Europe by the A-7 motorway (European Route E-15). Another of the main routes for long-distance journeys is the N-330 highway of the State Network, which links the province of Alicante with the centre of the Peninsula. In addition, there is a network of connecting roads such as N-340, between Alicante, Elche and Murcia, which passes through Orihuela, and the N-332 coastal road, which unites Elche’s coastal region with other tourist areas. A motorway from Alicante to Cartagena (A-32)
Bus Station info.
Travel distances and travel recommendations from/to the main cities/airports in Spain:
- Madrid: 420 km - Best public transportation option: Train with Renfe company.
- Barcelona: 530 km - Best public transportation option: Flight with Vueling company.
- Valencia: 180 km - Best public transportation option: Train with Renfe company.
- Málaga: 450 km - Best public transportation option: Bus with Alsa company