1. Elche, two humanity heritages.
We’ll start the route visiting El huerto del Cura (Cura’s orchard), a private garden that contains a copy of a palm tree with numerous arms, the so-called "Imperial Palm" and an extensive representation of Mediterranean plants.
A few meters away we can find the palm grove museum, situated in a traditional house inside of a typical palm grove. The museum reveals its origins, history, developpment and culture, providing the visitor the comprehension of the motives of its distinction as a humanity heritage. Also, the museum has a white palm workshop and a “Palmerero” can do a demostration of how to climb palm trees, how to work with them etc. (Under previous petition) After a brief walk we arrive to the Museo de la Festa located in the old chapel of San Sebastian. Here is exposed the diverse material related with the Festa and an audovisual takes the visitor to a representation of the Misteri d’Elx (Elche’s mistery)
The mistery d’Elx is a lyrical medieval drama, sung by nonprofessional singers that’s been declared a masterpiece, and a humanity heritage by the UNESCO. We will continue visiting Santa Maria’s basílica, work of Baroque style built on the ancient Muslim mosque and where the mistery d’Elx is staged. And there’s nothing better that ending the route with a peaceful walk trhough the near local park where we can also visit the Molí real, an old mill from the XVIII century that worked with a jump of waters of the Acequia Mayor.