Elche is known for two things – palm trees and shoes. And the figures speak for themselves. There are 200,000 palms and over 1,000 shoe factories scattered around the city. You’ll get on the heels of these sights today. First, you’ll pay a visit to Santa Maria Basilica, which is the oldest church in the area, built over the former Elche Mosque. Then, it’s on to Huerta del Cura, or The Priest’s Garden, where a palm tree with seven branches steals the show. The garden stretches for 13,000 square metres, and is filled with lemon trees, pomegranate trees and cacti. But, you’ll find most visitors gathered around the so-called imperial palm – looking like a huge candelabra, it’s got seven branches growing from its trunk. Later, you’ll learn about the art of shoe-making at Pikolinos factory. After, you can hit the shop floor and browse thousands of shoes, before returning to port.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.