The Botanical Garden of Malaga is one of the most fascinating visits you can do during your stay. The exuberant nature, the historical constructions and the large variety of flora are truly a magical experience of contact with nature.
The Botanical Garden of Malaga is north of the city, on the road A-45 towards Casabermeja on a huge portion of land. The official name is Historical-Botanical Garden “La Concepcion” and it is one of the few botanical gardens in Spain of historical and artistic interest. It is over 150 years old and was originally designed in English Style by a wealthy bourgeois family of Malaga. The garden is one of the very few in Europe to have plants of tropical and subtropical climates.
History of the Botanical Garden of Malaga
The Marquis of House Loring purchased the estate La Concepcion as a recreational home for the family. The couple were enthusiasts of the arts, culture and archaeology and wanted their property to reflect that. Because of this, they displayed their collection of Roman findings in a museum they created in the property. The most famous pieces of their collection include mosaic tile floors and the Lex Flavia Malacitana; a bronze piece displaying the Roman laws by which Malaga was governed in the year 80 AD. The Loring family hired French gardener Jacinto Chamoussent to design the garden, as he was famous for the use of exotic plants.
A rich Basque family bought the estate after the Lorings declared bankruptcy in 1911. They further enlarged the plant collection and introduced sculptures and other decorative elements to the gardens. They also enlarged greatly the collection of trees. Local government bought La Concepcion in 1990 and restored it after many years of abandonment. The local authorities’ goal was to use it for scientific and educational purposes.
The historical garden collection
There are two main collections in the Botanical Garden of Malaga estate: the historical garden and the botanical garden. Located in the center of the estate, you will find the historical garden of La Concepcion. The original design is preserved with its collection of tropical and subtropical flora. This garden houses over 3000 species, some unique to Spain and Europe. You can admire here many century old pines, ficuses, magnolias, cedars, etc. A favorite spot for many in the historical garden ( and great picture opportunity) is the large gazebo. Wisteria vine cover it from end to end and provide shade. The lilac flowers have a delicious perfume and resemble bunches of grapes. In the historical gardens you can also admire waterfalls, old iron bridges, stone benches and statues, ponds, and so on.
Also housed in the in the historical garden is the Loring museum, with a few pieces from the family’s collection. The most important pieces are in the archaeological museum of Malaga. The Loring collection inspired and provided many pieces to its collection.
The botanical garden collections
The botanical garden surrounds the historical garden. It is arranged in a more scientifically-themed order. Prehistoric plants, aquatic, bamboos, African, indigenous species, succulents, orchids and palm trees are just a few you can find here. The area dedicated to the botanical garden is immense. Make sure to wear a hat and bring water with you as it can get quite warm.
In conclusion, if you want to get in touch with nature, enjoy beautiful scenery, learn about the many species of palm trees that exist and other fascinating facts, the Botanical Garden of Malaga is the ideal place for you. Make sure to visit their website to check opening hours before heading there.
By transit take city bus no. 2 from Alameda Principal and get off at stop San Jose. From there it is a 15 minute walk to the gardens. Admittance is 5.20 € and children under 6 years of age enter free.