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Elche's World Heritage

Along with the palm trees of Elche, other fruits and nuts that have been introduced to the coastal region include lemons, oranges and almonds by the Phoenicians. Egypt has long had major connections to the coastal ports of Spain from the very earliest of times. It's not surprising that many people start their Egypt holidays from the Iberian coast. Another result of the Phoenicians influence especially here in Elche,is the expansive palm tree grove, Elche known as The City of Palms. Another name given to it is the Palmeral of Elche. It is considered to be the only palm forest in Europe. The palm trees are believed to have been originally planted by Phoenicians during the 6th century BC. The forest consist of over 10,000 palm trees with the majority of them being date palms. The grove, at present, covers more than 3.5km and includes many beautiful gardens and parks. The Moors are credited with the cultivation and design between the 8th and 13th century. During in the 10th century an irrigation system from the River Vinalopo was added and still exist today. Last but not least the Palm Forest has now been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

The Mystery Play of Elche is equally fabulous and conducted annually. The play has been declared as the masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage in 2001 by the UNESCO. The play is the only proof of the medieval religious European theatre. The play it self dates from the 15th century using a sacred lyrical program.

There are plenty of Spain Holiday Rentals available near to Elche so that you can take some time on your holiday to explore this fascinating town and its history.