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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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The Palmeral de Elche (or Palm Grove of Elche) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its grove of more than 11,000 palm trees – the largest in all of Europe. It has roots that are "traditionally attributed to the Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the 1st millennium BC," according to UNESCO. The Moors then expanded upon the area and created a type of oasis with a meticulous and complex irrigation system that would help bring water even in times of drought.

Nowadays, this park of palm trees makes for a picturesque stroll. You can walk through Municipal Parc of Elche where your walk will be accompanied by shade, spurting fountains, blossoming flowers and maybe even a dove or two. Many recent visitors agreed you should end your walk by the Huerto del Cura – arguably one of the most beautiful sections – where you'll be in awe of the many ponds among the palms. This area is considered a National Artistic Garden, and it's home to the Imperial Palm Tree – a massive and nearly two-centuries-old palm. 

Palmeral de Elche is free to enter. If you want to learn more about the park's origins, you can visit the Museo del Palmeral Huerto de San Plácido. To get to Elche, which is located just south of downtown Alicante, you can take bus 1, 90 or E, or you can opt to take train C1. The drive to Elche takes about 30 minutes.

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