Palmeral of Elche

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Palmeral of Elche
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationElche, Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (v)
Inscription2000 (24th Session)
Coordinates38°16′12″N 0°41′53″W / 38.27°N 0.698°W / 38.27; -0.698Coordinates: 38°16′12″N 0°41′53″W / 38.27°N 0.698°W / 38.27; -0.698
Palmeral of Elche is located in Valencian Community
Palmeral of Elche
Location of Palmeral of Elche in Valencian Community
Palmeral of Elche is located in Spain
Palmeral of Elche
Palmeral of Elche (Spain)

The Palmeral or Palm Grove of Elche (Spanish: Palmeral de Elche, Valencian: Palmerar d'Elx) is the generic name for the date palm orchards in the city of Elche (Spain).

In the urban area of Elche there are a total of 97 different orchards. They contain about 70,000 date palms.[1] Most of them are in the east bank of the Vinalopó. This number does not include other large plantations located around the city. The total may be near 200,000 palms.[2] The Palm Grove covers over 3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi), including 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi) in the city of Elche.

It is the only palm grove of its type anywhere in Europe.[3] It is the largest in the world.[4] The Palm Grove of Elche was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.[5]

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  1. David Sevilla (27 July 2014). "El Palmeral crece a la sombra del picudo". LA VERDAD MULTIMEDIA, S.A. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. "The Palm Grove". n.d. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. "Palmeral of Elche". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. n.d. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  4. "El Palmeral de Elche". Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. 2000. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. "Lista de 100 finalistas de Nuestros 12 Tesoros de España". 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
View of the palm trees in the Parque Municipal.

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