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Basílica de Santa María Tours

Basílica de Santa María
The historical highlight of the palm-fringed city of Elche, just a short hop from Alicante, the Basílica of Santa María is best known for hosting the annual Mystery of Elche play, a theatric interpretation of the death of the Virgin Mary and her assumption to heaven. The traditional play, which features around 300 performers and draws huge crowds, has been performed in the basilica since the 13th-century, and it’s the only Catholic church in the world permitted to host such an event. The play, typically held in two acts each August, is also inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list.

Built on the site of an ancient mosque, the Basílica de Santa María is also notable for its ornate Baroque facade and striking dome, which date back to the 17th century, and the bell tower, which offers panoramic views over the city.

Practical Info

The Basílica de Santa María is located on Placa de les Flors in Elche, around 25km southwest of Alicante, and is open daily 7am-9pm.
Address: Placa de les Flors, Elche, Spain
Hours: Open daily 7am-9pm
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Basílica de Santa María

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Elche, a walk among UNESCO heritage

Elche, a walk among UNESCO heritage

It is a perfect opportunity to know the culture and heritage of Elche. We will discover El Palmeral and El Misteri, we will talk about history, culture and music. We will walk through the oldest streets among archaeological remains, local shops and terraces full of life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.64
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$79.64

Elche Private Walking Tour

Elche Private Walking Tour

Get a personalized introduction to the city of Elche on a private walking tour that can be tailored to your schedule and preferences. Visit the a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the historic palm groves, explore the Huerto del Cura National Artistic Garden, and learn about the remarkable ‘mystery play’ that’s staged in the town’s Basilica of St. Mary. This Elche walking tour is created for you, with the flexibility to explore and discuss the things that interest you most.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.24
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Alicante Full Day Experience Including Visit to Elche with Transfers

Alicante Full Day Experience Including Visit to Elche with Transfers

Discover culture and history on the Costa Blanca on this full-day Alicante tour including Elche visit. Visit the historic town of Elche with a guide and take in top attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Palm Grove of Elche and the Basilica of Saint Mary, where the medieval ‘Mystery Play of Elche’ is performed each year. Explore Alicante’s historic Old Town — home to landmarks such as the Co-cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Modernist Casa Carbonell and the Baroque Town Hall — and enjoy panoramic bay views from Santa Bárbara Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$752.53
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$752.53
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante

Discover the gem of Spain’s Costa Blanca on a private half-day walking tour of Alicante. Stroll among charming streets and squares with an official tour guide, stopping to explore highlights like the Basilica of Santa Maria and the Castle of Santa Bárbara that towers over the port town. A flexible, personalized itinerary makes this an ideal introduction for first-time visitors.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$177.76
Price varies by group size
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$177.76
Price varies by group size
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Experience the World Heritage City of Elche private tour

Experience the World Heritage City of Elche private tour

Elche- or Elx in the Valencian dialect - is also known as the City of Palms and it is becoming a more and more popular destination. Elche is situated in Spain’s Costa Blanca region at about 23km drive from Alicante. If you are looking on this tour - you are making the right choice because here there are so many places to visit and things to do.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,334.00
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$1,334.00
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Walking Tour of Elche

Walking Tour of Elche

There are two ways to visit a city, with or without an official guide, and the experience is very different. The buildings and places have to be counted and for that the guide gives voice to the stories, facts and events that give rise to the idiosyncrasy and culture of each city or town. It is a comfortable tour, where short stops are made to get to know the city in a friendly, fun way and taking into account the public we are addressing. This tour can also be done in groups previously closed to make the experience more personalized. Children under 10 years old do not pay. The tour may be bilingual, depending on reservations. I would love to be able to show you my city and tell you everything that identifies us. If you need advice on places to eat, dine or have fun, I will be happy to help you. :)
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.15
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$20.15
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Basílica de Santa María hours of operation?
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Basílica de Santa María hours of operation: Open daily 7am-9pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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