Pantano de Elche - Elche Reservoir

Pantano de Elche is situated just over 70km from Benidorm and 5km north from Elche itself and is a wonderful area to visit with nature reserve and swampland teaming with interesting and colourful flora & fauna.

The best place to park is at Aparcamiento Pantano de Elche, the walk to the dam from here takes about 20 - 30 minutes. The trail follows the valley of the Rio Vinalopó  There are a few steep and rocky bits, which do get muddy and slippery during wet weather.  

There are handrails in the tricky sections and wooden bridges where the path criss-crosses back and forth over the river follow the posts with arrows to keep you heading in the right direction.

This walk is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties are some areas are very rocky with steep inclines

The lake and vast swamp marshes have been formed over many years after the construction of the dam wall which was the first arch type dam wall to be built in Europe since Roman times. It lies in a vast natural basin which forms the lake, surrounded by arid countryside, orchards with ravines.  The whole area has many excellent hiking and mountain bike trails.  

When you get up to the dam itself, there’s a spectacular curtain of water cascading over the top and crashing into the valley of the Rio Vinalopó below,  This is the most popular feature of the nature reserve, especially with families out for a picnic, is the area below the dam wall where the water overflows from the lake creating spectacular natural waterfalls.  .

There is a ladder set in the rocks beside the waterfall which gives you assess to the upper part of the reservoir or follow the rock path set just behind the centro electrical building., this gives you fantastic views of the top of the falls and the reservoir itself.

El Pantano Elche

The dam built in the seventeenth century (1632) and contains the water of the Vinalopó River and is the second oldest active reservoir in Spain. The dam was damaged due to heavy rain and flooding in 1793 and was out of action until 1846 when it was repaired, sadly in 1995 the regulatory gate of the dam was broken and was repaired in 2007.   The dam itself is no longer in use which allows water to permanently over the dam wall.

The river also used to generate hydro electricity; you can still see the installation just below the dam, this building is dated 1922.

Today the Elche reservoir is recognized as an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Valencian Community.

The dam is 22 meters high and 75 meters wide., the walls are 12 meters thick at the base and 9 meters at the top. 

In 2019 a floating platform was built on the reservoir where you can walk above the water for a short distance, from here you can also walk further along the lake shoreline.

Nature enthusiasts will be in their element due to the amount of flora & fauna of the area. The surrounding countryside, ravines, swampland, marshes and lake form an intricate microclimate and this area is an important natural feature of the municipality of Elche and the entire area is protected.

There are literally hundreds of different species of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers, bird life includes a variety of waterfowl as well as majestic birds of prey. The lake and marshes are teeming with fish and reptiles, and you may even spot the odd wild boar. You can also see foxes, ferrets, various types of mice, and if you're lucky, a very elusive Genet cat.

El Cau de Elche

Whist in this area another great place to visit is the El Cau de Elche, a FREE open air museum, containing over 100 sculptures made of sandstone and just a short drive or an hours walk across the mountain trails.  Find more information here.

Dams are great places for a walks with their beautiful blue water and spectacular mountain scenery. Try these:-

Relleu dam and famous skywalk and Guadalest.

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