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Elche’s Palm Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Explore Elche and enjoy the serene beauty of its palm groves, one of the largest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also visit the Priest’s Garden, housing a wide variety of tropical plants and ponds created to provide an atmosphere of tranquility and repose.
The municipality of Elche has the highest concentration of palm trees in Europe, and your drive into town takes you through part of the palm groves to visit the enchanting Priest’s Garden. Admire the abundant variety of Mediterranean plant species as you stroll the serene winding pathways. There’s a rock garden, with a superb collection of cacti and succulents. A highlight of the garden is an eight-trunk Imperial Palm - a botanical rarity. You’ll be treated to a tasting of locally produced delicacies such as dates, fig bread and date liqueur.
You’ll see the beautiful exterior of the Basilica of St. Mary, famous for their annual reenactment of the life of the Virgin Mary. Stroll through the Municipal Park to admire the palm trees and other varieties of plants such as bougainvillea, fig trees, magnolias, bananas and more. The park is dotted with fountains and ponds and offers a spacious cafeteria style restaurant. Enjoy some free time here to explore the beauty of the park, grab a bite or relax and admire your surroundings.
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Note: Tour involves approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking over mostly flat, packed sand and paved ground and approximately 30 steps.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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