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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Palmeral de Elche is a landscaped palm oasis that is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is located in the city of Elche, in the province of Alicante, in the autonomous community of Valencia, Spain.


Palmeral de Elche, Valencia, Spain
Palmeral de Elche, Valencia, Spain
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The Palmeral of Elche is the largest palm tree plantation in Europe, surpassed only by those in Arab countries. It covers 3.5 sq km, of which 1.5 sq km is located within the city limits of Elche. Within the Palmeral of Elche are some 11,000 palm trees. Most of these are date palms, some of which are already 300 years old.

The Palmeral of Elche has its history going back to Roman times, but it was under the Moors that irrigation system was put in place, and remains in use to this day. The existing landscape of the palmeral dates to the 10th century.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Palmeral de Elche was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairns, Australia, on 27 November - 2 December, 2000.

Location: N38 16 0 E0 43 0 in the Province of Alicante, in the Autonomous Community of Valencia.
Inscription Year: 2000
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, V
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