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Carrer de les Cases de la Mare de Déu

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Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Palmeral de Elche (or Palm Grove of Elche) has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its grove of more than 11,000 palm trees — the largest in all of Europe. It also has roots that are "traditionally attributed to the Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the 1st millennium BC," according to UNESCO.

A TripAdvisor user says: "If you want to take a little break from the Alicante seaside this is the perfect day trip. The 'Huerta del Cura' of Elche is an amazing garden [with] the largest diversity of palm trees in Europe. It offers the visitor a nice stroll in the shade." Another TripAdvisor user gives some advice, "start the exploration from the Municipal Parc of Elche." Here, your walk will be accompanied by shade, spurting fountains, blossoming flowers and maybe even a dove or two.

You can take a bus from Alicante Airport into Elche. From April to September, the Palm Groves of Elche are open from about 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The rest of the year, the gardens close early.

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