Portal de Elche Park in Alicante, Spain

elcheJust steps away from the Explanada and right along the Rambla de Méndez Núñez you'll find an intimate urban green space tucked right into Alicante's busy commercial zone. The trees, flowers, and stone walkways of this small, unexpected oasis- otherwise known as the Portal de Elch- make you forget the world of banks, stores and city bustle going on beyond. Take a break in the shade on one of the benches and admire the sculpture of Eusebio Sempere- yes, the Eusebio Sempere of Asegurada Museum fame- which graces the center.