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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    DTL (13 months ago)
    Great escape from the city. Easy to get to by bus and a short (slight up hill for most of it) walk to reach. The grounds are well maintained and interesting to walk about. Most of the buildings were closed on our visit but we had a lovely break in the cafe. If you're a family or plan on spending quite some time there I'd recommend bringing a picnic as there are plenty of breakout areas. Some of the routes are deemed "hard" but it is all very walkable for most people. Particularly enjoyed the walk of 80 tress from continents and countries around the world. If you're looking for a break from the sun and tourists of the city then this is a great spot to spend time in.
    Zoe Flynn (14 months ago)
    The gardens were lovely and as I work in a botanic gardens myself I know how hard it is maintain such huge grounds to a high standard but I had a very odd experience in the cafe/restaurant. I’m vegan and I usually don’t expect cafes or restaurants to have many things I can eat but I asked if there was anything vegan they told me I could have a lettuce and tomato sandwich (something a rabbit would eat) There was a bowl of avocados on the counter in front of us so I said could I also have an avocado in it and they refused and they were quite rude about it I literally said to them can I buy an avocado off you and I’ll put it in the bloody sandwich myself
    Daniele Sala (14 months ago)
    The place is good, nice to see. However, they do not accept debit/credit cards, in 2019. The only option is to order something at the bar (note: they do not trust visitors and will let just one of the group go to the bar!), Pay with card there and add the cost of the ticket. They will give you back the amount to pay the ticket and you'll have to go back and pay. They ticket is 5.20€ for adults, btw.
    Gill Jones (15 months ago)
    My husband and I come to Spain regularly and we visit the botanical gardens every time when in Costa del sol. They are so picturesque and very calming to walk round. We particularly enjoy seeing the wildlife and love the sound of the frogs. We also eat at the small cafe where the staff are very friendly and helpful. No doubt we will be back next year.
    Julia Sycheva (16 months ago)
    Great place to relax and clear your mind. I spent there the whole day walking thinking and writing my thoughts it was a very relaxing day and I truly enjoyed it. A quick runaway from the city while still staying in the city. My favorite part was Japanese part with huge bamboos and a soft sound of a water stream. Also it’s big enough to walk around
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