Elche or Elx is a city and municipality of Spain, belonging to the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community. According to 2014 data, Elche has a population of 228,647 inhabitants, making it the third most populated municipality in the region and the 20th largest Spanish municipality. It is part of the comarca of Baix Vinalopó.
Part of the municipality is coastal yet the city proper is roughly 11 km away from the Mediterranean Sea. A small creek called Vinalopó flows through the city. Elche is the centre of the footwear industry in Spain.
Together with Alicante and other municipalities, Elche form a conurbation of some 800,000 inhabitants.
The city is noted by its urban Palm Grove, designated as World Heritage Site.
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