Elche Olive Oil Tour

When on holiday in Costa Blanca why not discover the mystery of Spain's ‘liquid gold' on an Elche olive oil tour. Now commonplace condiments on Spanish dining tables, olive oil and salt were once highly sought after and extremely valuable trading goods. The range of olive oil now available is vast and in Spain there are even Olive Oil Societies where members sample and debate on the taste and quality, and method of eating certain types of olive oil. Some will tell you a certain oil is only good for cooking, another for dipping bread and another for drizzling.

Elche Olive Oil Tour

Elche is a famous Spanish city located slightly inland between Alicante and Torrevieja. Its first claim to fame are its palm groves, the largest in Europe and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other is its footwear industry, the most important in Spain and also supplying shoes to the international market. Mandarinablue Tours are located in Alicante and offer a choice of interesting local tours including their Elche olive oil tour which is combined with a visit to Santa Pola's salt works and scenic salt lakes.

Elche Olive Oil Tour – Tours start in the morning from Alicante and once all settled on the comfortable coach it's off through the beautiful countryside of Campo de Elche where among citrus groves and olive plantations passengers will get a glimpse of the famous palm groves before arriving at the old olive mill. Here you will get a tour of the mill which is the only one in Alicante that still uses traditional mechanical presses. After the tour it's time to sample a typical Spanish breakfast of fresh crusty bread dipped, or drizzled with the mill's olive oil.

The tour then continues to neighbouring Santa Pola for a look at the salt works, huge mountains of salt and surrounding salt lakes which are home to an interesting variety of bird life including resident pink flamingos. During the tour your guide is open to any questions in Spanish and English and will also recommend a local restaurant to stop for lunch before heading back to Alicante (lunch is entirely optional).

El Rancho Horse Riding

Enjoying a scenic position behind Torrevieja and La Mata salt lakes, El Rancho Horse Riding offers a complete holiday experience, not only for keen riders but also for those looking for a peaceful holiday setting