The historic quarter of Elche, preserves part of its Muslim past and Baroque splendour. Its palm tree grove, a World Heritage Site, adds to the appeal of the region. The Festa d’Elx (Festival of Elche) has been declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Elche is a must for many reasons, such as its many nature reserves, its coastal towns and its prestigious gastronomy, to name a few.
A must visit is the Monographic Museum and Archaeological Site at Alcúdia. Although the region has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, Iberian and Roman artefacts are most common. This was the site where the Lady of Elche was found, which is presently kept at the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. It was the Arabs who brought the city to its present location and surrounded it with palm tree groves in the 10th century. When Jaime I reconquered the city, the Christians occupied Vila Murada (inside the city) and the Jews and Moors took over Raval (outside the city).