Palm groves, the heritage left by centuries of Arab domination in southern Alicante, have given Elche one of its two Patrimonies of the Humanity of UNESCO. And the Hotel Huerto del Cura takes its name after the most emblematic palm grove in town, which is also historic property of the Orts Serrano family, who manages the Hotel. We are in a authentic urban resort, a forest in town, a nearly Caribbean space in which a jungle of palm trees, bougainvilleas, cactuses and other large plants wrap around the path that joins the bungalows where the rooms are, most of which are on the ground floor, lots of them decorated in a colonial style matching what we can see through the large windows. Teak furniture, beige and earth colours, linens and cottons. Silence dominates every space in the hotel, unless the wind treats us with the rumour of the palm trees in movement.
The Hotel is totally accessible, horizontal, with ramps and adapted bedrooms. All the beaches mentioned are adapted. The Municipal Park has adapted bathrooms. The town is an example of urban spaces for everyone.
Elche is an ideal town to walk in – It has the Reina Sofia prize for Universal Accessibility 2008- and in the town centre there is a succession of parks and monuments. In the Santa Maria Basilica, which is a must to be visited, every 14th and 15th of August El Misteri is celebrated, this is a sacra-lyric drama dating from the XIV th century as which is the second Patrimony of Humanity of this town. Another obliged visit is the Municipal Park and the Historic Huerto del Cura Garden, opposite the Hotel, in which a unique worldwide Imperial Palm tree stands out, with 8 branches from an only trunk. The hotel has a swimming pool, a sauna, a tennis court and a children’s playing areas. El Altet and Arenales del Sol beaches 12 km away. And beaches in Santa Pola and La Marina 13 kms away.
Elche is the capital of the Baix Vinalopó region. One has to visit the two most emblematic palm grove in town: the Huerto del Cura and the municipal park. An important natural area are the Salinas de Santa Pola (salt pits).
Various books about “The Misteri d´Elx”, spectacular XIV th century sacra-lyric drama .
Creative and Mediterranean cooking in the gastronomic restaurant Els Capellanes, with chef Jesús Gómez.
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