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El Palmeral Retreat House

03294 Elche, Alicante, Spain

Contact Details

Contact Name:

Julie Jowett



+44 7957 304101 (UK mobile)

Retreat Centre Description

El Palmeral is a non-denominational retreat holiday centre in southern Spain, only 10 mins drive from the Costa Blanca beaches. The private Mediterranean gardens have date-palm, olive, orange and lemon trees, as well as a Poustinia for private prayer, a garden labyrinth and several seating areas. Add to that the large swimming pool, spacious patios, highly-rated traditional Spanish cuisine all included, the Studio bar, outside chapel and our in-house movie theatre, and you have a unique retreat experience to relax, refresh and renew.

We have a choice of guided retreats and flexible ‘TimeOut’ breaks. Please check the online calendar on our website for exact dates and availability. All our retreats include a daily rhythm of sharing in morning prayer, house in quiet in the afternoon siesta time and evening compline, using Celtic Daily Prayer.

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Accommodation on Offer

El Palmeral has 3 standard and 3 deluxe individually styled rooms. Standard rooms include queen size beds, access to free Wifi, all toiletries, bathrobes, towels, hair dryers etc. Deluxe rooms have king size beds (or 2 singles) and also have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, seating area and patio doors. 5 rooms are first floor with access to the balcony terrace, 1 is ground floor with accessible facilities. We also have:-

  • large lounge
  • Very well stocked library (fiction & theological)
  • Bar and music area
  • Mediterranean gardens and seating areas
  • Swimming Pool
  • Chapel
  • Labyrinth
  • Poustinia


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Retreat Centre Facilities

Please see website for retreat centre facilities

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Types of Retreat Offered

Please see website for retreats offered

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2024 Events (if known)

Guided retreats

A set programme of morning workshops in small groups, led by our experienced retreat leaders. These are usually 4 nights/5 days with the opportunity to add extra days. For a full up-to-date calendar, please check the website as we add to the programme throughout the year with a variety of topics including creative workshops, spirituality themes, contemplative prayer and Christian lifestyle. Possible topics include:-

  • Photography and Spirituality

  • Movies and spirituality

  • Bird watching

  • Prayer and Contemplation

  • Resilience

  • Enneagram

  • Motivational gifts

  • Preparing for retirement

  • Finding rest in a busy life

  • Easter retreats


TimeOut breaks

Alternatively, take the opportunity of a short break to suit yourself. A daily rhythm of breakfast, morning prayer, lunch, quiet afternoon, evening meal and evening compline. A ‘de-stress’ for busy people. An opportunity to relax by the pool, do some sightseeing, or take time out to catch up with your personal prayer or reading. TimeOut breaks are available when the house is open and there are no themed retreats.

Retreat Centre Location

03294 Elche, Alicante, Spain

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