The free tour around Elche is the best way to explore the most symbolic areas of the city while walking around the old town.
Free Tour Elche
We'll meet at the tourist office in the heart of Elche. From here we'll start the free tour and explore the most important corners of the city with two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Join the tour to find out what these are!
The first stop will be the Municipal Park, where we'll find the famous 'Palmeral'. This palm grove is the largest in Europe, covering 1.4 sq miles (3.5 km2) and symbolising the Arabic history throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The unique natural area, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, has 200,000 palm trees.
Following on, we'll go to the Santa Maria basilica to learn more about the second site named as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. A famous religious event is performed in August every year called 'El Misteri d'Elx'; dating back to the 15th Century it reenacts the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Also, we'll take you around the Palace of Altamira, which over time has been a fort, a textile factory, a prison and it's now a museum. Did you know that it is one of the best-preserved defensive complexes in the Alicante province?
To finish the tour, we'll head to the Calahorra Tower. It's protected inside the ancient city walls and hides impressive frescos from the early 20th century.
When the tour ends you'll set the price with your tip, depending on your rating of the guide's service.
Groups with more than 6 people aren't admitted on this free tour. If your group is bigger than this please contact us.
Minors should be accompanied by adults. There should be a maximum of three minors per adult.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 15 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- All those taking running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
2 hours 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Elche).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Elche Tourist Information Office
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.