ELCHE, a town of eastern Spain, in the province of Alicante, on the river Vinalapo.
Elche is the meetingplace of three railways, from Novelda, Alicante and Murcia.
The harbour of Elche is Santa Pola (pop. 4100), situated 6 m.E.S.E.,where the Vinalapo enters the Mediterranean,.
after forming the wide lagoon known as the Albufera de Elche.
Elche is usually identified with the Iberian Helike, afterwards the Roman colony of Ilici or Illici.