Elche is a beautiful historic town in the Alicante region, inland from Alicante. It boasts a high proportion of palm trees, and when you enter the town all roads are lined with its famous palms, ending with a palm tree grove. Elche has a World Heritage Site, dedicated to its Arts and Traditions.
The area has 2 nature reserves, the Santa Pola Sand Flats and the Parque Natural del Fondó. The flats are divided into 2 parts, the marshy area and that which produces salt. The flora and fauna of this area have adapted the wetness and saltiness and florish well, especially in the summer months and if you are lucky you will be able to see the flamingos who make it their home. El Fondó Beauty Spot is located in the district of Baix Vinalopó, near the towns of Elche/Elx y Crevillente, and has 2 large resevoirs.
Tourists can see their exclusive festivals of Palm Sunday and the Mystery of Elche. The Festival of Elche was declared the Masterpiece fo the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Elche is a truly interesting place to visit, and famous also for its shoe manufacturing industry, and clothing and confectionery production. Together with its gastronomy and hospitable feel, it is a wonderful place to visit.
Your experience. Many people think that a hot air balloon flight will be noisy and windy, when in fact it is the opposite! As you are moving with the wind you won't be able to feel any, and apart from the quiet whisper from the burner and the sounds from the countryside below, your journey is virtually silent!
Your day begins around 08.00, depending on the season, when you will be advised where to meet the crew. All the meteorological checks will be carried out to ensure that conditions will be perfect for your flight, such as wind direction and speed. The balloon will then be removed from its bag and miraculously transformed to its full majestic size after a cold inflation with a fan, and later with the burners. When everything is ready, your hot air balloon flight will begin and you can say "goodbye" to terra firma for an hour or so and enjoy the exhilarating views. When a suitable place to land has been spotted, the descent to reality will begin as the balloon glides gently back to the ground. While you wait for the retrieve crew the balloon will be packed away and a glass of champagne enjoyed by all including the pilot!