La Concepción Historical-Botanical Gardens

Málaga, Spain

Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción is one of most beautiful and important tropical and subtropical gardens of Spain and one of the most appreciated ones in the whole of Europe. Created around 1855 by the Marquises of Casa Loring, it was expanded some years later by the second owners, the Echevarría–Echevarrieta family. It was officially declared a Historic and Artistic Garden (currently a 'Bien de Interés Cultural' in 1943. It became the property of the Council of Málaga in the spring of 1990 that opened it to the public in 1994.

It comprises 23 hectares and it has a garden in the centre that has been declared to be a historic/artistic garden of approximately 3 hectares. Form the set of fountains and waterfalls combined with a beautiful selection of subtropical plants from all over the world, its romantic landscape style stands out with significant neoclassical features.

There are more than 25,000 plants belonging to about 2,000 different species of which 90 are palm trees, 200 are native plants and the remainder are tropical and subtropical. In relation to buildings, the Casa-Palacio (Palace House) and the Casa del Administrador (Administrator's House) stand out. The administrative offices are housed in the first one and it has generous rooms for different uses and a comfortable and well-equipped assembly hall. The laboratories for research staff, an exhibition room and a classroom can be found in the second. There are some more smaller buildings doted around the garden such as the Antigua Escuelita (Old School), la Casita del Jardinero (Gardener's House), known as the Casita de los Cipreses (House of the Cypresses), the Museo Loringiano (Loringiano Museum) and a regionalist style dome that is used because of its panoramic views of the city.

The Museo Loringiano houses the archaeological finds that Jorge Loring acquired from the excavations of Málaga and the province such as the 'Lex Flavia Malacitana' (Malaga's municipal code of law), which is currently in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain in Madrid. Some of these archaeological items can be seen around the museum.

Around the Historical Garden, we can find the Botanical Garden that contains a set of plant collections that have been structured scientifically that can be visited in the following thematic routes.

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    Alisa Bereteli (5 months ago)
    Great park to visit even in autumn, can’t wait to come back in spring! Also you can have a meal there!
    Vlad Zvoryghin (5 months ago)
    Nothing particular to watch at. Maybe for Malaga it’s so unique to have a park with non typical plants for this location, and some ponds, springs and waterfalls. But if you can go to an ordinary green forest, better go there and save €5.2.
    Stefanie Seyedmehdi (5 months ago)
    Don't miss this amazing parque! Great views, lots of history. A place to calm down.
    Nicky Dislins (6 months ago)
    Lovely day out, lots of walking and lovely gardens, better in spring when all the flowers are blooming but good all year for a visit.
    Ricardo Rivadeneyra (7 months ago)
    Nice place. It's free on Sundays but it can get crowded. Beautiful place to celebrate a birthday.
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