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Elche (or Elx in Valencian) is a Spanish city located in the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Mediterranean coast. More specifically, it is situated in the province of Alicante. It has a population of over 228,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in the province. The city is crossed by the Vinalopó River and is just 20km from Alicante , 179km from Valencia and 430km from Madrid . Elche has an arid Mediterranean climate with steady temperatures and sunshine all year long.
La Alcudia is 10km from the current city's location and the immediate predecessor of current day Elche. This original location was settled by the Greeks and then occupied by Carthaginians and Romans. Greek Ionian colonists from the city of Helice established their new colony, naming it Helike around 600 BC. The Romans called the city Ilici and granted it the status of colonia. After a brief Byzantine rule, the Goths took over, establishing an Episcopal hub. The city lost importance during the period of Moorish occupation, when it was moved slightly north to its present location. James II of Aragon took the city from the Moors in the 13th century, during the Reconquista. The city grew throughout the 18th century, expanding during the 19th century with the arrival of the railway and a booming industrial development of what used to be the traditional footwear industry. Many archeological remains have been found in Elche, with the stone bust of the Lady of Elche being the most important.