One of our favourite day trips this palm garden has surprises round every turn. Beautiful palms in a garden setting with under planting of strelitzia, agapanthus etc., with bourganvillias trained into "sunshades" and by one of the very large "water features" a large slope is planted with succulents and cacti from different regions of the world. The lake has small islands on which terrapins sun bath and annoy the water birds. The most spectacular part of the garden are the palms many dedicated to famous Spaniards and European royalty, one has divided into eight trunks and stands alone which makes it all the more unique. One of the many copies of the Dama del Elche is, at this time, standing on a water feature not far from the small shop part of which is also the admission gate. We tend to take a picnic with us as it's so relaxing and peaceful to sit on a bench overlooking the lake having lunch (much to the amusement of the non British visitors)! The palms of Elche were originally planted by the Phoenicians some 2,500 years ago and the huerta is part of the palm forest which has been enclosed into a garden. Parking is a problem as much of the area has narrow roads with no parking but parking can be found within a small walk of the garden. There is a choice of souveniers in the shop but we always take away with a a small fig "cake" very good if you have a sweet tooth!
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