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The history of Spain is filled with the remnants of the many different cultures that had taken control of the country in the past. When choosing to visit Palma de Mallorca and the ancient Muslim city of Elche the chance to explore one of the major feats of engineering undertaken by the invading armies is available in the Palmeral of Elche.
This is the only palm grove style oasis on the entire European continent, which makes it a major tourist attraction during a visit to Palma de Mallorca. The oasis includes a wild forest and intricate gardens, which are all supplied with water by the still functioning irrigation system of yesteryears. During the visit here don't forget to explore remains of the original settlement of Elche, which also provides a stark contrast between the irrigated left bank of the river and the largely unused right bank.