Palmeral of Elche in Elche, Spain

With over 70,000 date palms in the formally designated palmeral itself and up to 200,000 in the general area around Elche, this historic palm grove is really magnificent. It’s one of the largest in the world, and there aren’t any other sprawling groves like it in Europe. It’s also the northernmost palm grove of its kind.

Originally planted in the fifth century BC by the Carthaginians, the palmeral is now divided into nearly 100 individual orchards. While some are privately owned, many...

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