Elche, white palm crafts and footwear
Domingo de Ramos
In Elche you’ll discover a very special craft based on the white palm (palm leaves which turn white when deprived of sunlight for months), and also its footwear. White palm weaving is found in the Palmeral de Elche, an enormous garden of palm trees –declared a World Heritage Site– where the white palms are collected and made into attractive decorative articles by the local craftspeople. The best time to discover the tradition of the palm are the days just before Palm Sunday (with the Palma Blanca street market) and in October, before and after the re-enactment of the Elche mystery plays. What’s more, all year round you can visit the El Palmeral Museum and the municipal crafts workshop located in the centre of the city, and see how the palm leaves are woven.
And if your interest is in footwear, you can see how shoes are made by taking one of the guided tours arranged by the Salvador Artesanos factory-shop. You’ll also find numerous factory outlets selling directly to the public, as well as others which have their own museum, such as Pikolinos.