A peaceful stroll through Malaga's historic botanical gardens

Need to relax and unwind? Then the Concepcion Botanical and Historical Garden is for you. This magnificent site boasts a collection of over 1,000 species of tropical and subtropical flora from all over the world. They are arranged according to a thematic open-air trail. Classified as a historic artistic garden in 1943, it is now considered an asset of cultural interest. This garden is not only botanical, it is also historical, with splendid buildings such as fountains, bridges, staircases and Doric-style buildings resulting from archaeological excavations. Located on a hill in the hills above Malaga, 5 kilometres from the centre, the top of the park offers a panoramic view of the entire Andalusian city. A place not to be missed under any circumstances.

Malaga Botanical Garden.

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An agricultural origin

The origins of the Jardin de la Concepción lie in the union of several farms located on the banks of the River Guadalmedina. These farms grew cereals, olives, almonds, vines and, above all, citrus fruits. However, the garden is not known for its crops, but for its magnificent archaeological remains. It was in 1990 that Malaga City Council bought the site, and after some renovation work, the garden opened to the public in 1994 with two main objectives: "to preserve and improve the historic garden, and to create a botanical garden where the plant collections have educational and scientific purposes".

Malaga's botanical gardens, with their historical traces.

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This historic garden, recognised in 1943, covers 3.5 hectares and is located on the side of a small mountain. It features waterfalls, streams, fountains, greenhouses and large trees and old palms that make up one of the best collections in Europe. The botanical garden is set around the historic garden. All the plants are grown according to scientific criteria. A sublime, relaxing place that will be a must-see during your stay in Malaga.

The bamboo forest in La Concepción botanical garden.

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Practical info

⏰ Opening times

The garden is open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday. It is open from 1 April to 30 September from 9.30am to 8.30pm and from 1 October to 31 March from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The site is closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January. You can enter the garden up to half an hour before closing time.

👛 Price

  • Full price: €5.20

  • Concession: €3.10 (children under 16, students under 26, pensioners)

Admission is free on Sundays between 1 October and 31 March, from 2pm to 5.30pm, and on Sundays between 1 April and 30 September, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

The garden is free to visit, but guided tours lasting 1? hours are also available. Bookings can be made by calling 951926180. Prices vary according to the number of people on the tour.

  • Full price guided tour (per person): 1 to 4 visitors: €18.95. 5 to 9 visitors: 11.30 euros. 10 to 14 visitors: 9.10 euros. 15 to 19 visitors: €8.05.

  • Reduced rate for guided tours (per person): from 1 to 4 visitors: 16.85 euros. 5 to 9 visitors: €9.20. From 10 to 14 visitors: 7 euros. 15 to 19 visitors: €5.95.

Night tours are also available. Please note that minors must always be accompanied by an adult. For more information on ticketing, visit the garden's website or call +34 951926180.

A few tips for your visit

Practical information

  • Dogs are welcome, provided they are kept on a lead.
  • There is a shop and restaurant next to the garden.
  • A self-guided tour takes 2 to 3 hours.
  • The belvedere offers a splendid view of Malaga.

Belvedere of the Malaga Botanical Gardens.

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🚌 How to get there

Located 5km from the centre of Málaga, the garden is situated on the heights of the city, at Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3, 29014 Málaga. If you don't mind walking, you can get there on foot. Otherwise, the bus is a good option. Take line 2 and get off at San José, the last stop on the line. You will then have to walk for fifteen minutes to reach the garden.

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