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Travel Guide: Palmeral of Elche in Elche, Spain #travel

Palmeral of Elche

Elche, Spain

The Palmeral of Elche, a landscape of groves of date palms, was formally laid out, with elaborate irrigation systems, at the time the Muslim city of Elche was erected, towards the end of the tenth century A.C., when much of the Iberian peninsula was Arab. The Palmeral is an oasis, a system for agrarian production in arid areas. It is also a unique example of Arab agricultural practices on the European continent. Cultivation of date palms in Elche is known at least since the Iberian times, dating around the fifth century B.C.

Map of Palmeral of Elche

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Coronavirus in Elche

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Elche

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Spain. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Spain.

Money in Elche

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.17 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Tipping: Not generally considered mandatory. In bars and small restaurants, Spaniards sometimes leave as a tip the small change left on their plate after paying a bill.

Corruption: Spain has a corruption score of 42 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Spain, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Spain scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Spain is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.7 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Elche

Language(s): Spanish
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Si
  • No = No
  • Thank You = Gracias
  • Hello = Hola
  • Do you speak English? = ¿Habla Inglés?
  • Please = Por favor
  • Bye = Adiós
  • Excuse Me = Perdóneme
  • Where is the Bathroom? = ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Mi nombre es)

Food & Drinks in Elche

National dish: Tortilla Española.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Elche is 16.
WHO lists the drinking age as 16; other sources say that the minimum age varies by region, that it is 18, or that minors may purchase alcohol if accompanied by their parents.

Religion in Elche

Spain contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 49% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Elche

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Spain since 2005.

Spain scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

National Sports in Elche

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Bullfighting is Spain their national sport.

Other practical tips for Elche

Timezone: UTC to UTC+01:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 18.3 and 19.4°C (65 and 67°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 9.7 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Spain.

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