Area info Perleta
[:en]Near Elche, out in the countryside, we have Perleta. Perleta is a small ville almost acting as a suburb to the larger City Elche. It is perfect if you want proximity to larger cities such as Alicante and Elche, as well as the airport.The city of Elche is one of the larger in the Costa Blanca area. Approximately 230.000 people reside here. The city has much to offer for anyone, and you can always find activities to partake in here. One of the city's larger attractions is the renowned palm grove. The palm grove of Elche is the largest in the world, and consists of over 200.000 palms, making for a great sight to see. Here in Elche, you could also choose to go on a small Safari in the Rio safari park, partake in water sports on the coast, go biking, hike a trip in the mountains and much more.
The inland location of Elche means that there are no beaches in Elche itself, and yet uniquely, you aren’t ever far from excellent beaches. The Costa Blanca is packed full of excellent blue flag beaches and taking the short trip to the coast is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
In the Costa Blanca, there are numerous festivals across the many cities, and Elche is no exception. If you are looking for a fiesta, the Costa Blanca is perfect.Nature El Hondo Nature Park is part of the old Elche lagoon. It has been a protected natural site since 1988 and was declared a natural park in 1994. It is a protected area for birds, and it is possible to encounter birds like flamingos and many others. With over 172 species visiting seasonally and over 50 who are nesting, it is a real treat for people who enjoy bird watching.
Nearby you also have the famous salt lakes. The saltwater pools are an important part of both Spanish history and economy. These pools produce a unique salt that Bras Del Port, a company who have been existing for over 100 years, extracts 4000 tons of daily. Every harvest, they produce 150.000 tons of salt, and ship it all over the world.
Just outside of the nearby city of Santa Pola, you will discover the Santa Pola Salt Lakes. Consisting of different basins of saltwater, it is a true paradise for the many species of birds who refuge here in the migration north. These wetlands are of great importance for especially the breeding of pink flamingos. This wetland is worth a trip, and for animal lovers it might just be heaven to see the magnificent flamingos.Beaches A little drive from Elche are several excellent sand beaches. The coastline of eastern Spain has many popular and intimate beach areas. Especially the Costa Blanca Area is blessed with stunning waters.
• Playa de El Altet is a short 30 min drive from the centre of Elche and is surely worth the drive. Awarded with a blue flag, the water is of high quality and safety making for a perfect day out of swimming and relaxing in the sand. The water is shallow with little to no waves making it safe for children of all ages. On this stretch of almost 2 km of fine white sand, there are many amenities to make life easy for you. On the beach you will find public foot washers and toilets, lifeguards, volleyball courts and deck chairs and umbrellas for rental. Here you will find easy parking and access. The beach can be reached by a network of wooden gang bridges making it easy for disabled people to come visit as well. Should you not be in possession of a vehicle yourself, busses are available both from Alicante and Elche.
• El Pinet Beach is a fine sand beach located a short, under 30 minutes, drive south from Elche. This beach is well known for its long stretch of dunes, almost 2 kilometres long. For a small length of the beach, you will find villas, which were built in the 50’s where you can find accommodation, restaurants and bars to provide for any needs you may have. For easy access, the beach is connected to the main road with wooden gangways, much like Playa de El Altet, making access for disabled people easy as well.
• A roughly 30-minute drive south of Elche, you can find Playa El Rebello. This blue flag beach stretches almost two kilometres, going deep into the local town of Guardamar del Segura. Awarded a blue flag for its unspoiled areas, it is an ecosystem of great ecological value. The enclosed area has access to a restaurant, lifeguards, parking areas and a bus service running frequently to Elche through San Fulgencio. On the beach there is an area reserved for water sports, and so this is easy to partake in here.
These beaches are mere suggestions, making for a couple opportunities for a day out. We recommend you explore the Costa Blanca area by yourself to find further unspoilt pearls.Sport Elche has a couple golf courses and a golf school, football fields, and tennis courts. There is also an international tennis academy if you want to learn or improve your tennis skills.
If you are into water sports you will have to drive or take the bus to the many beaches with your surfboard, paddleboard or your snorkel and goggles. The beach is in Santa Pola located only half an hour away by car.To see Inside the city itself, you can visit Europe’s largest palm grove. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site, it has provided the city with a unique landscape for more than a thousand years. Visited by Hans Christian Andersen in 1862, who described it as the most beautiful in Europe, the more than 200.000 palms are an impressing sight to experience.
For the more culture/history-interested, the museum of Elche is a must see. The history of Elche is on exhibit here through archaeological artefacts.To eat There are many places to eat excellent relaxed Spanish food, or even fine dining:
• Restaurante Mesón El Granaino is a highly ranked restaurant in the middle of Elche. Serving lobster, steaks and much more, you are guaranteed a pleasant experience. Address; José Mª, Carrer Josep Maria Buck, 40, 03201 Elche, Alicante.
• Restaurante Pernils specialty is the famous Spanish course; Paella. They have daily menus and a la carte, at very reasonable prices. Address; Carrer Juan Ramón Jiménez, 4, 03203 Elx, Alacant.
• Eki Sushi is fresh made Sushi as it should be. Reasonable prices and high quality. Address; 15, Plaça de la Constitució, 03203 Elx, Alicante.Facilities Elche has restaurants and coffee shops, cocktail bars and bars for late night dancing, sport-possibilities and a shopping-centre, nature and culture, in short, anything you might need or want.
Should you need to do more shopping than can be managed in your local Mercado, there are numerous shopping malls around the city. One example could be:
• Centro Comercial L’Aljub
In case of emergency, you can find an ER at:
• Hospital Universitario del Vinalopó located at Carrer Tonico Sansano Mora, 14, 03293 Elx, Alacant.History The Lady of Elche which found in La Alcudia, is one of the most famous sculptures in Spain. She is currently kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. Found by a fourteen-year-old boy, Manuel Campello. The story goes that Manuel first found a stone and when he removed it, a face was revealed. Due to its beauty and complexity, it has since become famous in Spain for being so complicated for its time.
Another historical attraction is The Palmeral de Elche, the largest palm grove in Europe with over 200,000 palm trees. The palm park dates back many hundreds of years, but it was in the Arab period when it reached its greatest size. It was declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO for its role as a testament in the transmission of culture from East to West, and for the survival of an exceptional watering system inherited from the culture of Al-Andalus.To get there Elche lies close to two highways like the N-340 and AP-7. At only 20 minutes of driving from Alicante airport and 30 minutes from Alicante city, it is easily accessed by car.
From Santa Polo it is a 25 minutes’ drive by the CV-865.[:]