Exploring the largest palm grove in Europe: Palmeral de Elche was quite an experience!
Definitely in my top 10 things to do in Elche, Alicante, Spain. I explored the park with Tere and Manolo, residents of Elche.
We planned this couples photoshoot in the park as it represented so much about the city of Elche, where they live and work as pilates teachers – how cool! I love where my job as a photographer takes me and all the new people it allows me to meet!
How many palm trees are there estimated to be in the Palmeral of Elche?
Guias-viajarsay says: “At present, the Palmeral de Elche extends for about 500 hectares and preserves more than 200,000 date palms, but the oasis had a much larger area in the Arab era.”
How old is the Palmeral de Elche?
There are palm trees that are 300 years old, taking into account that the palm tree takes about 10 years to develop a meter of the trunk.
What kind of palm trees are there in Elche?
Valencia Bonita says: “The main type of palm tree is the Phoenix dactyliphera variety, where the so-called Huerto del Cura stands out especially, a beautiful palm garden that has an area of 12,000 m2 and was declared a National Artistic Garden in 1943.”
Why is Palmeral de Elche the largest palm grove in Europe?
With more than 200,000 specimens, it is the largest palm grove in Europe, and in the world, it is only surpassed by some Arab palm groves. El Palmeral de Elche, or Huerto de Palmeras, is a large expanse of palm trees located within Elche’s urban area.
What is the largest palm grove in the world?
The largest in the world is in Marrakech, Morocco. The Palm Grove of Marrakech is an oasis of palm trees with hundreds of thousands of specimens that stand on a vast area on the city’s outskirts. It is considered the largest in the world because of its size, although not because of its number of copies.