Palmeral of Elche

Places and routes | 28 juli 2014

The Palmeral of Elche is a landscape of palm grove located in the city center since over a thousand years ago. It’s the largest palm grove in Europe with up to 200,000 palm trees. The origins of the Palm Grove date back to the 10th century. It was declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in the year 2,000. This spectacular landscape is composed by a set of palm trees that surrounded orchards. The palm trees were planted in rows in the field margins to protect the orchards from sun and wind. 

 

 

El Palmeral de Elche

Palmeral of Elche. By visitelche.com

 

 

Did you know that palm tree is not tree? It’s a large plant that can reach 30 meters hight. The oldest palm tree are over 300 years old. There are date palms and some tropical species in Elche. These plants produce dates and white palm.

 

 

Palmeral de Elche

Palmeral of Elche. By visitelche.com

 

 

If you likes to know the best places of the Palmeral you should visit the Municipal Park, the Huerto del Cura and the Palmeral Museum.

 

The Municipal Park is a beautiful park with fountains of neo-Arabic style and original buildings.

 

 

Parque Municipal de Elche

Municipal Park of Elche. By visitelche.com

 

 

The Huerto del Cura was declared National Artistic Garden. It has a original specimen of date palm with seven branchs.

 

 

Huerto del Cura

Huerto del Cura. By visitelche.com

 

 

We suggest you to visit the Palmeral Museum that reveal the history  and culture of the Palmeral of Elche.

 

 

Museo del Palmeral

Palmeral Museum. By visitelche.com

 

 

Finally, we recommend you to make the Palmeral Route. It’s a 2.5 km-long Palm Grove walk route where you can see the wonderful orchards of this spectacular cultural landscape. This route starts and finishes at the San Plácido Orchard of Elche. Also you can make the route with bike.

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