Palmeral of Elche World Heritage Site

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Palmeral of Elche
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Arcoiris en el Palmeral de Elche.jpg
LocationElche, Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (v)
Reference930
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
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Palmeral of Elche is located in Spain
Palmeral of Elche
Palmeral of Elche (Spain)
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The orchards within the dotted line are the ones protected by the World Heritage Site declaration. Orchards in green are public, those in yellow, private. The Vinalopó stream marks the left limit of the Site
View of the palm trees in the Parque Municipal.
The "Imperial Palm" (Palmera Imperial) in the Hort del Cura.

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

Currently, in the urban area of Elche there are a total of 97 different orchards containing about 70,000 date palms,[1] mostly in the east bank of the Vinalopó. This number does not include other large plantations located around the city proper. All together, the number may be close to 200,000 palms.[2] The Palm Grove covers over 3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi), including 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi) within the city of Elche.

It is the only palm grove of its type anywhere in Europe, the northernmost of its kind[3] and one of the largest in the world, surpassed in size only by some in Arab countries.[clarification needed]

  1. ^ "El Palmeral crece a la sombra del picudo". 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Bienes declarados Patrimonio Mundial. Palmeral de Elche". www.mecd.gob.es. Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte.

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