We enjoy many moving and unforgettable experiences in the course of a year’s touring, but few can compete with the biennial performance of the centuries-old ‘Misterio’, the sung enactment of the events surrounding the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is performed in the 16th-century Basilica of Santa María, built specifically for the purpose. The beauty of the singing and the performance are enhanced by the astonishing visual special effects as Angels and Musicians (even God Almighty) descend from the heavenly heights.
Clients can attend two performances; a slightly shortened version especially for visitors for which we shall have reserved seats and then, on All Saints’s Day, the full version in two parts when the entire town turns up to witness their beloved ‘Misterio’.
As if this weren’t enough, this tour contains several other highlights. Elche is one of the handfuls of places that has TWO UNESCO World Heritage ‘Sites’; the Misterio belongs to the small group of ‘Intangible Heritage’ while the Palmeral de Elche (the biggest palm forest in the world) is another. Then, of course, there is the best paella in the world.