Also known as ‘Elx’, the southeastern Spanish city of Elche has a long and eventful story to tell. The modern-day location of the city is not its first and as expatriate living in Elche you can visit the original city, La Alcudia, just over five miles down the road. This was a Greek settlement some 2,600 years ago which was soon overrun by various different empires, all claiming the city as theirs. Today, expatriates in Elche are able to see the remnants of the Romans, Byzantines, Goths and Moors, who each left their own individual mark on the city. The old center is a cornucopia of culture and architecture to explore, with the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria, the Altamira Castle and the palmeral of Elche, a palm tree orchard of over 200,000 palm trees, worthy of special note. Expats living in Elche are in for a cultural and historical extravaganza, with a rich local food culture and comfortably hot climate perhaps giving some clue as to why so many different empires were so keen to occupy the city.
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The city is a significant center for industry and tourism, so it is hardly surprising that expatriates moving to Elche won’t have too much trouble getting there. The international Aeropuerto de Alicante (Alicante Airport) is the most straightforward route, although the surrounding infrastructure is of a very high standard thanks to a succession of EU-backed projects. Expats moving to Elche can also find plenty of useful information and well-informed articles on the various aspects of expatriation in our online Expat Magazine. We cover topics such as expat finance, insurance, living abroad and cross-cultural communication in detail. Also, our website has a good number of articles written by other InterNations members on similar topics, as well as their personal experiences and the hints and tips they’ve picked up.
The historic Mediterranean city makes a wonderful base and expats working in Elche will be blessed with a hot, sunny climate, great food and a true fiesta of culture. The city’s economic life revolves around various strong industries, including a busy tourism sector, two universities and agriculture. The real secret of Elche, though, is its footwear industry. The city is one of the largest footwear manufacture hubs in Europe – and expatriates working in Elche will be surrounded by an astonishing 1,000 shoe factories. Amidst such a busy cultural life, expats in Elche may of course want to get in touch with other global minds. By far the easiest way of doing this is through the discussion groups or private messages on the InterNations website, which are a popular way for members to socialize, organize meet-ups and get information from other expatriates living in Elche.