The Palmeral of Elche, Spain

The Palmeral or Palm Grove of Elche is a UNESCO site in the Spanish city of Elche. 200,000 palmtrees cover over 3.5km2 within the city of Elche. An oasis in which cyclists can enjoy a rest or better, a siesta after the wonderful cycle trip along EuroVelo 8. The Palmeral of Elche is the only palm grove of its type anywhere in Europe, the northernmost of its kind, one of the largest in the world and it is located in the center of the city! Elche is well connected by train with Alicante and Murcia and you are allowed to carry your bike on the suburban trains known as the 'cercanías'. © Maria Victoria Rodriguez (Flickr)