Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción in Malaga

Many of us have probably driven along the A-45 in the direction of the Costa del Sol municipalities, without knowing that on our way through the outskirts of Malaga is located one of the most beautiful subtropical gardens in Spain.

The historic estate La Concepción, situated 5 km north of Malaga, is the most beautiful and important tropical and subtropical garden in Spain and one of the best in Europe.

Probably nobody suspects that among dry hills is hidden a huge estate of 23 hectares, where a lush and exquisite garden has been created, which we highly recommend to visit in any season of the year.

Why visit the Historical Botanical Garden in Malaga

If you are a nature lover, La Concepción Historic Botanical Garden is a must-see.

With a clear influence of the English landscape style, the visitor is immersed in a lush garden with a fantastic collection of tropical, subtropical and indigenous plants that give this beautiful garden a touch of magic and mystery.

Due to the sheer size of the garden, you can lose yourself in the numerous paths, take a leisurely stroll, marvel at nature and recharge your batteries. Surely you have heard of the Japanese fashion of “forest baths”. Well, here, just a few kilometres from Malaga, you have a real oasis where you can soak body and soul.

It is worth mentioning that the Botanical Garden is worth a visit in every season, as there are always plants in bloom. Even in the middle of summer, when the sun is burning mercilessly, you can enjoy a refreshing stroll under the protective shade of centuries-old trees and the abundance of water, streams and ponds.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

A bit of history

The history of La Concepción is no less exciting. This Botanical Garden in Malaga was conceived (perhaps hence its name) in 1855 by the couple Jorge Loring and Amalia Heredia, the marquises of the Loring house.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción
Jorge Loring and Amalia Heredia

On their honeymoon trip throughout Europe, they were inspired by the gardens and parks they visited and, on their return, they settled in Malaga. They bought several estates located next to the Guadalmedina river, to the north of Malaga.

Their essential assistant in the creation of the garden was the French gardener Jacinto Chamoussent, who was in charge of selecting and acclimatising exotic plants. Thanks to him, the garden has a beautiful collection of subtropical flora in the open air, considered to be one of the best in Europe.

As an outline, the garden is full of bamboos, orchids, insectivorous plants, bromeliads, palms, cacti, succulents, old Malaga vines, endemic plants from Malaga, aquatic plants, Mediterranean plants from different continents, baobabs, fruit trees and enormous centenary trees, some of which are the tallest in the whole province, all arranged harmoniously along the many winding paths, charming corners, waterfalls, streams, fountains, steps, little bridges and old greenhouses.

All of this is harmoniously arranged along multiple winding paths, charming corners, waterfalls, streams, fountains, stairways, little bridges and ancient greenhouses. It is impossible not to be enchanted!

Buildings

There are also several beautiful buildings on the grounds, as the Loring couple had an important social status and received in these rooms the creme de la creme of the personalities of the time.

One of the first buildings was the Loring Museum, designed in 1857 by the German architect J.H. Strack, where in those times were exhibited archaeological pieces of interest, such as the Lex Flavia Malacitana of Roman origin.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

When you sit on this exedra you will have a privileged view of the Loringian Museum.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

It was known as the bench of secrets, because its concave lines give it such good acoustics that if you whisper at one end you can hear at the other.

Legend has it that lovers could send messages to each other without being overheard by the chaperones sitting in the middle.

Historic viewpoint

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

From this charming viewpoint, built in 1920, you can see the Cathedral, the castle and the Gibralfaro mountain, the mountains of Malaga and the sea in the background.

Palace House

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

In this beautiful building built around 1860, aristocrats, politicians and artists of the time used to meet in the evenings and get-togethers.

Courtyard of the Casa Palacio

Impressions of the Botanical Garden

The Hibiscus Walk is a path flanked by Hibiscus rosa-sinensis of many colours.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

One of the wonders to be enjoyed at the end of March and beginning of April are the wisteria, an explosion of lilac colour with a sublime soft scent, which is at its best in this arbour, where many weddings are held every year.

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

A stroll through the Wisteria Arbour


The corner of the black bamboo forest with the old greenhouse.


The botanical lake with wild ducks.

Activities in the Botanical Garden

We can not only stroll and enjoy the garden. Throughout the year the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and tastes.

Among them we can highlight different concerts, both of local alternative music and classical concerts; guided night tours “Nights with History” learning about the history of its most important figures of the 19th century and “Magical Summer”; as well as family activities for Halloween and Christmas.

And as the latest addition during December and January “The Christmas Garden”, an absolute marvel that you can discover in our article Christmas Garden La Concepción, an enchanted Christmas forest where you can stroll and let yourself be impregnated by the magic created by lights, sounds and nature, along a 2 km route.

Christmas Garden

Due to its huge success, we hope it will be repeated every year.

For current activities, we recommend you to visit their Facebook page, you can find the link below.

Opening times and prices

From 1 April to 30 September: From 09:30 am to 8:30 pm
1 October to 31 March: 09:30 am to 5:30 pm
24 and 31 December: 09:30 am to 3 pm
It is possible to stay in the garden until half an hour after closing time.
Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January.

The garden can be visited freely. Guided tours are available (recommended). The guide service is to be paid separately.
The normal rate is 5,20 € per person.

Free of charge:
Sundays between 1 October and 31 March, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Sundays between 1 April and 30 September, from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Guided tours: Bookings by telephone on 951 926 180.
Daily guided tour of an hour and a quarter, at 12 noon and 4 pm each day. Minimum 6 people: 3 € per person in addition to the entrance fee.

Cafeteria and Shop

Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

Next to the garden entrance you will find a shop where you can buy gifts and souvenirs. There is also a cafeteria, a very pleasant place to have breakfast, snacks or lunch.

Visiting with a dog

Dogs are allowed in the Botanical Garden, as long as they are on a leash and comply with the regulations.

More info and how to get there

Website: https://laconcepcion.malaga.eu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jardinbotanicolaconcepcionmalaga/
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ckaxJKuE4fmn7pAA8

Map of the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción