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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MA-431 3, Málaga, Spain
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Founded: 1855
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain


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Krn JE (12 months ago)
We visited this garden a few days ago, we got here by walking, which I do not recommend it’s about an hour walk from the city centre. The gardens are quite large Nd there’s lots to see, I recommend you bring lunch or snacks so you can have a picnic. There are many beautiful areas on this complex, there’s an old colonial home at the top which is quite nice to look at. There’s the lookout with the dome which is stunning and must be even gorgeous during the summer. Only two downside to this beautiful garden, first is that is quite far off the city centre and the tourist attractions. Like opposite direction, so you have to take a bus or a cab to get there. Second, is that is right off the highway, so there’s a lot of sound pollution which takes away from the beautiful serenity botanical gardens bring.
Malaïka Ongoudja (2 years ago)
It’s a beautiful garden filled with amazing flowers and numerous trees. It’s an almost 3h long walk, and it’s only 5€. You also have the possibility to pay for a visit of the garden. Otherwise, you get a map, which is very clear and easy to follow. I wouldn’t recommend this activity with very young children, though. Although the majority of the garden is flat, a vast part of it is rocky, elevated, and very unstable for people with strollers.
Bernadettesea Moniaive (2 years ago)
Entry fee is very reasonable. The gardens have many lovely examples and wide variety. The tree section is wonderfully cooling on a hot day, as there are many streams babbling and the sound of birds. There is an interesting history behind the gardens construction and a lovely house. Sadly the house isn't open to the public. There are toilets dotted around the site, a gift shop and a lovely cafe.
Jip Teeuwen (2 years ago)
Best botanical garden I’ve visited in my life. Entrance is cheap, around 5 normal fee and 3,70 for students. There are a some different areas; a dry desert-like area, a jungle area, forest and flower area. It’s really big and we spent more than 2 hours inside. You can spot many types of birds, lizards, squirrels and we even saw a chameleon. There’s a nice terrace for a little picknick or something to drink.
cDaveMc (2 years ago)
Wife and I spent several hours here, arriving about 10:30. Beautiful gardens, lots of walking, mostly easy. I was wearing Crocs, the Mrs trainers. The lunch was excellent value for money and the staff very helpful. It was very hot, despite there being some thin cloud cover, so the walking through tree-shaded areas gave a welcome relief. Lots of photo opportunities, I've posted a small sample. Highly recommended.
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