PALM GROVE WALK
The route starts and finishes at the Huerto de San Plácido. where we’ll find a traditional 19th Century house with two wings joined by a wooden bridge. Inside we’ll find the Palm Grove Museum, a museum that will reveal for us the origins, history, development and culture of the palmeral; the visitor will be able to appreciate why UNESCO awarded a World-Heritage Listing to this cultural artefact of exceptional value.
Moving down Porta de la Morera, under which we have the water channel Acequia Mayor del Pantano that has for centuries irrigated the palm groves, we’ll get to the grove known as Huerto del Cura, after passing on our right the hotel with the same name.
We will walk past the school grounds of the Salesian College where the buildings and new facilities built have respectfully retained the lines of palms of the groves known as Huertos del Pessetero and El Hort que no té Portes.
Before coming to the first bend we’ll see unusual specimens, the so-called “pipas”; their trunks grow in an curved, inclined way but the treetops fan out quite vertically; we can see such specimens at Huertos de Rogeta, Tia Casimira and Felip.
Just before turning right at Carrer Beniardà, we’ll see the Hort del Sol which has been replanted with young palms ever since it became a public land holding.
We’ll then come to another intersection where we’ll see Hort de Dins ahead of us. We turn right at Camí de Les Almàsseres and at this point we’ll be walking through the groves known as huertos de Rogeta on our right and Sempere, on our left.
The gateway to Hort dels Pontos, allows us to stroll down an avenue planted with tall palms leading to one of the last houses that retains a traditional structure.
We then cross Curtidors street and we can marvel at the sight of some of the best-preserved concentrations of palm groves. The Casimira, Pastoret, Mareta, Borreguet and Monjo groves make up the greenery of the so-called Filet de Fora Palmtrees Park.
Our stroll in this new leg will be through the Hort del Monjo entry and we’ll enjoy the scenery a bit further down from Hort de la Tía Casimira.
The policy of reclaiming the groves for use by today’s citizens has another recent chapter with the Hort de Pastoret where a bike path has been created inside as well as facilities for outdoor exercise. Directly opposite and in perfect harmony with the landscape, we can see Hotel Milenio.
Approaching the bend, we’ll venture into Camí de Felip which takes its name after the grove we leave to our left. This section of our route is the most peaceful and will be a great chance to enjoy the birdlife of the area.
Only a short stroll away, we’ll cross the street as we head towards El Jardín de Porta de la Morera next to the Congress Centre. At the end of the park, by the car park entrance, we’ll come across the last signpost that reveals that our exploratory route has ended.
- Type: Cultural
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