Elche: a city full of World Heritage Sites

Elche is one of the Spanish towns best known for hosting archaeological and historical remains such as the Iberian sculpture of the Lady of Elche. But there is much more to do in this county, which is the only one in Spain which has three properties inscribed on the different categories of World Heritage of Unesco. A particularity that makes it a unique destination. And what is there to see?

Palm grove

One of these assets is the Historic Palm Grove of Elche, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Specifically, it is a unique cultural landscape , which has an important value and a universal meaning. This palm grove is a cultural legacy of Al-Andualus, corresponding to medieval Muslim Spain.

This is not the only differential feature of this palm grove. In it, you will find the white palm , which is a living relic of the ancient Mediterranean palm culture. This has contributed to the palm tree in Elche being considered a sacred asset.


And Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity is Misteri or Festa d’Elx since 2001, thus becoming the first Spanish festive event to appear in this new category of Unesco.

La Festa is another clear hallmark of this town. And it is that the Mystery of Elche could be defined as a sacred-lyrical religious drama , which recreates the Dormition, Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin Mary.

Pusol School Museum

This center has been part of the Registry of Exemplary Practices since 2009. It is a unique museum space , whose real name is the Center for Traditional Culture, School Museum of Pusol.

This recognition thus comes to support internationally the work and effort of all those who since the end of the 70s of last century have worked to safeguard intangible heritage in order to know where it comes from in order to look to the future.