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Castillo de Monteagudo - Elche - Canelobre caves - Alicante

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Route: Murcia - Castillo de Monteagudo - Elche - Canelobre caves - Alicante - Murcia
Duration: 9 h
Our first stop in this tour will be at the Castillo de Monteagudo which lies on a rocky mountain and was first mentioned in 1078-1079 when Abu Abd al-Rahman ibn Tahir built it. In 1311 Monteagudo Castle was given to the Bishop of Cartagena by Ferdinand IV of Castile. Up until the 16th century the castle maintained it strategic importance but after that it fell into decline. At the beginning of the 18th century its ruins were partially restored because of the War of the Spanish Succession, only to fall back to ruin shortly after.  In 1926 a large statue of Christ was built on top of the castle. Our next stop will be at the historic quarter of Elche, capital of the region of Bajo Vinalopó  preserves part of its Muslim past and Baroque splendour. Its palm tree grove, a World Heritage Site, adds to the appeal of the region, along with two holiday celebrations that have been declared of International Tourist Interest: "Domingo de Ramos" (Palm Sunday) and the Mystery of Elche. The Festa d’Elx (Festival of Elche) has been declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Although the region has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, Iberian and Roman artefacts are most common. This was the site where the Lady of Elche was found, which is presently kept at the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. It was the Arabs who brought the city to its present location and surrounded it with palm tree groves in the 10th century. When Jaime I reconquered the city, the Christians occupied Vila Murada (inside the city) and the Jews and Moors took over Raval .  Also you will see: Vila MuradaOn the banks of the Vinalopó River,   the Moorish tower Calahorra , The Palace of Altamira, attached to the old walls, the Casa de la Vila (the City Hall), the tower of Consell and the numerous ancestral homes. In this area lies the Basilica Santa María, the convent of La Mercé is located in the Medieval outskirts, the district of Raval (formerly the Moorish and Jewish quarters), the Palm Tree Grove which is declared a World Heritage Site,  the Town Park, he largest gardened area of the palm tree forest, which has a total of 200,000 specimens. The Royal Mill, the Park Museum and the Rotonda (an open-air theatre). Our next stop will be at the Canelobre Caves, which seven million years in the making and worth the effort it takes to visit them. The sprawling caverns, so large that concerts are sometimes held here, have been called "Nature's Sagrada Familia" because of the similarities to the soaring church by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Remember to bring a scarf and jacket as the caves do stay cold.Last stop will be at the historical port region, Alicante, has been inhabited by people for thousands of years, and has seen the likes of the Romans, Visigothic warlords, and Moorish invaders which have all left their mark on the city. You willknow the charming Mediterranean city , daily life for city residents in the Santa Cruz area, and  Alicante highlights like the Santa Barbara Castle, the bullring, the modernist-style Carbonell House, and the ‘Explanada de España,’ promenade. Come and explore the hidden history as we uncover the history, legends, and secrets of Alicante’s turbulent past. Also you will see  the Central Market, the Old Town, St. Nicholas Pro-Catherdal, Alicante City Hall, Basilica of Santa María. After that we will return to Murcia.
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Price: 79.00 EUR
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