The museums in Elche are a pleasure to explore and offer visitors a window to the city's history and important landmarks. They are spread throughout the city centre where visitors will find pleasant gardens, squares and plazas to rest for a while and plan their next destination. No matter where you are in Elche, its famous palm groves are ever present. These attract thousands of visitors each year and the best way to learn about their history is to visit the Museo Palmeral.
Museo del Palmeral – The Palm Grove Museum is situated on Carrer Porta de la Morera. The museum's location in the splendid Huerto del Cura Gardens makes it a pleasure to explore and many visitors bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful gardens.
Museo Arqueológico de Elche – Elche's Archaeological Museum also enjoys a wonderful garden setting with many nearby bars, cafe's and restaurants. It is located on Carrer de la Diagonal del Palau. Here there are two buildings to explore, one dedicated to the area's early history and the other to its more modern history. From here you can follow the walkway to the equally as impressive Palacio De Altamira.
Museo de la Festa – Located on Carrer Major de la Vila, this museum is dedicated to Elche's festivals and fiestas. It is a small museum with some fantastic festival costumes and audio visual representations. A highlight of the museum is its representation of the world famous play, The Mystery of Elche (Misteri de Elx).
Baños Árabes – For those interested in the Islamic history of Elche, the Arab Baths are a great place to visit. It is located on Passeig Eres de Santa Llúcia. Be sure to pop next door for a wander around the Basilica de Santa Lucía.
Museo del Belén – Young children can get a bit bored wandering around historical museums, but there is one they're sure to enjoy. Yes, this superb museum is dedicated to Christmas nativity scenes and is a big hit with the young ones. It is located on Plaça de la Fruita near the town hall.
If a visit to Elche's Nativity Museum has piqued your young ones interest then they will certainly be thrilled with a visit to Torrevieja's floating museums. There are two museums to visit, located next to each other in Torrevieja Marina. The Delfin Submarine Museum is a kids favourite and an actual decommissioned Delfin S-61 naval submarine. Next to this is the Albatros III Patrol Boat Museum. This was used for many years by Torrevieja's Coastguard and has been well restored.
Another museum the kids will enjoy is the Sea & Salt Museum. This is located a few blocks up from the marina on Calle Patricio Perez. The museum showcases some exquisite miniature maritime models made entirely from salt and is dedicated to Torrevieja's historical salt industry.
High in the mountains of north Costa Blanca is Spain's most visited village. At just over an hour's drive, it may be a bit of a journey but a visit to Guadalest will leave fond memories for years to come. Entered through a stone tunnel, it was once an impregnable fortress. It is a quaint little village with narrow cobbled lanes, charming pavement cafes, splendid views and several superb museums. Many twin a visit to Guadalest with a visit to nearby Algar Waterfalls or Benidorm.