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Elche

A cradle of history

With more than 200,000 inhabitants, Elche is the third largest city in the Valencian municipality, behind Valencia and Alicante. If you go looking for a property for sale in Elche you will certainly learn much of Spanish culture and history. In Elche history is present everywhere. The primitive inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, the Iberians, founded in the 5th century BC. the city of Ilici. From this time, we have the most famous sculpture ever made in Iberian art, the enigmatic and well-known sculpture Dama de Elche, which can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Madrid. Later, the town would be destroyed by the Carthaginians, and after being re-built by the Romans, it would be successively invaded by the Visigoths, Arabs and Aragonese.

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Yet, Elche is still to be invaded by international expatriates. Indeed, the international population residing in Elche is still very limited, compared to other nearby towns such as Alicante or Torrevieja. If you decide to look for a property for sale in Elche you may have to learn the local lingo. Here you will not hear much English or Swedish speaking in the streets; not even as much Spanish as in Alicante, since the local population prefer speaking Valencian. However, the rich history of the city reflected in its monuments of the old town, coupled with a wide variety of cultural activities, may be the attraction that will make you chose Elche as yours. After all, few cities can boast of having three cultural heritage declared by Unesco. The best known of them, the Palmeral de Elche, is a huge 200,000 grove of palm trees - the largest palm grove in Europe - created by the Muslim invaders. It is a wonderful environment, unique in Europe, for a relaxing and long walk. If you have a special taste for history and culture, Elche might be exactly what you have been looking for. When will you book your flight to Alicante to go looking for a property for sale in Elche?

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