Visit Palmeral of Elche and discover all its secrets
An expansive palm tree grove located in a beautiful town, Palmeral of Elche is a truly unique place to visit in the Region of Valencia.
The Region of Valencia is home to all sorts of different landscapes, traditions and experiences that will enrich your soul. So what are you waiting for? Dive into everything there is to offer and soak up all the culture and heritage that you’ll find everywhere you look. Elche is a wonderful case in point as not only does it have plenty of things to see, it also boasts something that is unique in Europe.
The Palmeral de Elche is the only palm grove in Europe. Bursting with history and culture, this park will envelop you in thousands of leafy fronds and an incredible experience. If you would like to find out more about the Palmeral, you can take part in a number of activities that will immerse you even further in its world. You could, for example, discover more about the production of dates, learn what a palmero (palm tree specialist) does for a living and even visit the three World Heritage Sites in Elche on a cultural tour.
The palm grove extends over 150 hectares and surrounds the walled town of Elche, the Islamic heart of the town. Once used for cultivation, The Palmeral is now a park which you can enjoy strolling around and breathing in the serene atmosphere. There are a number of different species of palm tree inhabiting the park, but the most abundant are the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera. The dates and leaves of these trees, once processed and dried, are used to make beautiful pieces of artisanship that are used in Palm Sunday.
With over 200,000 palm trees, Palmeral of Elche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A park you simply have to see to believe and a place that immerses you in the heritage of Elche.