Have you ever been to a jungle? Botanical Garden Málaga can take you there! With its unique and extravagant vegetation it will allow you to get that tropical jungle feel without leaving Europe.
A must-see for every nature lover, La Concepción Historical-Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción) is a true gem recognised not only in Málaga but throughout Europe. This English style garden hosts an impressive collection of tropical and subtropical plants embellished with multiple ponds, waterfalls and sculptures. It definitely one of the best places to visit in Málaga, for our other picks check top 7 things to do in Malaga.
La Concepción Jardín Botánico-Historico de Málaga
Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3
29014 – MÁLAGA
The Botanical Garden is located north from the centre of Málaga and it´s easily accessible by bus, look for line number 2 or 91 and then take a short walk.
You can also comfortably reach it by car or a taxi (around 10€).
1 st April – 30th September 9:30-19:30 (Tuesday-Sunday)
1st October – 31st March 9:30-16:30 (Tuesday-Sunday)
24th & 31st December 9:30-15:00
Closed on 25th December & 1st January
Standard fee: €5.20
Reduced: €3.10 (students, pensioners, children up to 16 years old, large families)
Children under 6 years old: free
Free entry: every Sundays during the opening hours
For other free activities in Malága check our Top 15 free entry places in Malaga
La Concepción Botanical Garden hosts an enormous collection of more than 25,000 plants and it consists many different sections showing the natural diversity of flora all around the world. Be sure to ask for a map at the ticket office (or download it below), it’s easy to miss some stunning views!
Its’ heart is the 3.5 hectares the Historical Garden with more than 3000 species, waterfalls, streams, fountains, greenhouses and historical buildings. It’s the oldest part of La Concepción, created 150 years ago by Loring family and soon declared a “garden of historical and artistic interest”.
La Concepción estate stayed in the private hands until 1990 when it has been purchased by Málaga City Council. New, modern thematic gardens has been added to the Historical Part to create a space for research, preservation and education. Now Botanical Garden Málaga occupies 55 hectares and apart from being a popular touristic attraction it creates space for species preservation, research and education.
The Historical Garden is surrounded by the botanical garden with plants arranged in distinct sections: the aquatic plants, prehistoric plants, orchids, greenhouses.
Additionally, in the northern section of the Botanical Garden Málaga, you can find a route known as “Around the World in 80 Trees” and a collection of palm trees as well as a section with regional plants.
The southern, warmest part of the garden is a selection of subtropical fruit trees as well as cacti and succulents. Finally, in the upper section of the Garden you can find two routes – “Forest” and “Viewpoint” featuring indigenous Mediterranean plants.
The arbour – the gem of the Botanical Garden Málaga is an iron pergola covered in Wisteria. It blooms in late March and early April, creating one of the most emblematic views of La Concepción.
The Loring museum – bifore a house to a magnificent collection of archaeological remains like Lex Flavia Malacitana, set of bronze tablets with Roman law statutes govering Malaca in AD 81-84. Now it displays a reconstruction of a Roman mosaic from the village of Cartama.
The Nymph’s pond – a small pond with a sculpture by Valentin Dueñas is located next to the waterfalls and palm trees section.
The stately home – a classical style villa located in the central part of the Historical Garden; built by its original founders it hosted numerous social gatherings.
The historical viewpoint – the most characteristic spot of Botanical Garden Málaga is visible from the motorway. The historical viewpoint was built in 1920 by the second owner of the garden, Rafael Echevarria.
The 150 years history of the Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción starts with Marquis and Marchioness of the House of Loring, Jorge Enrique Loring y Oyarzábal and Amalia Heredia Livermore, an influential couple well known among the bourgeois of Málaga.
In 1855 they joined together several smaller estates north of the city which were previously used for cultivation of olives, almonds, vines and citrus trees. The garden quickly gained recognition under the supervision of a French gardener Jacinto Chamoussent. It was famous not only for the great collection of plants but also thanks to multiple archaeological remains gathered by Loring Museum located in La Conception.
In 1911 La Conceptión Estate was purchased by Rafael Echevarria and Amalia Echevarrieta, a couple from Bilbao who expanded the Garden and added many of its most characteristic elements such as the Nymph Stream, the Palm Tree Avenue, the Viewpoint.
The third owner was Amalia´s brother Horacio Eschevarrieta. He took over the Estate in 1943 and kept it in a perfect condition until his death in 1963. Subsequent years saw a gradual decline of the Garden.
Finally, in 1990, Málaga City Council purchased the Estate and after 4 years opened it to the public. As early as 1943 the garden has been declared a Place of Historical and Artistic Interest and now it is known as a Place of Cultural Interest.
Visiting the stunning Botanical Garden Málaga is undoubtedly going to be one of the top things to do here. It’s a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city center so enjoy your time there!