The La Concepción Botanical Garden in Malaga is one of the thousands of interesting spaces that this Andalusian city has to offer visitors. It is a place conceived during a honeymoon in Europe where you can see some of the most exotic species in the world. Will you come with us to visit it?
The history of La Concepción Botanical Garden
The origin of this beautiful Malaga botanical garden is found in the love of a couple. Specifically, from the Marquises of Casa Loring, Jorge Loring Oyarzábal and Amalia Heredia Livermore. They were two young people from business families who had settled in Malaga.
Lovers of culture and history, they had traveled all over Europe visiting hundreds of cities, visiting its main monuments and enjoying the best botanical gardens. This is how the idea of making a botanical garden in his city arose.
The place chosen for it was the farm of La Concepción. This was an agricultural estate located on the outskirts of the city next to the Guadalmedina river and that would become one of the best-known botanical gardens in all of Europe.
Its construction was in charge of the French gardener Jacinto Chamoussent and important constructions were added that have made this space a unique place. In 1911 the couple formed by Rafael Echevarría and Amalia Echevarrieta acquired the farm and continued to enlarge it with more species and singular spaces.
What to see in La Concepción Botanical Garden
The Historical Garden and the Botanical Garden
The so-called Historical Garden is the origin of all this spectacular Malaga garden. It is an enclosure of more than three hectares that is located in the hillside area of the hacienda. Its design aimed to create a kind of subtropical forest. In it, waterfalls, fountains and streams are the protagonists.
Here there are around three thousand species, but the most prominent are the palm trees, which make up one of the oldest and highest quality collections of palm trees in Europe. Its importance is such that it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1943.
As for the Botanical Garden, we can find it around the Historic Garden. Its distribution was made following scientific criteria. In the there are spaces for aquatic plants, greenhouses, an area for African plants, orchids And a long etcetera. You can take the ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’ route and visit a historic lemon grove.
The Loringian Museum
It was the great presentation to the world of this Botanical Garden of La Concepción, since Some of the best archaeological pieces in the province of Malaga were gathered there. The building is shaped like a classical-style pavilion and the floor used was a Roman mosaic found in the town of Cártama.
Some of the most important Roman remains in Spain were preserved in this building. Remains that were later taken to the National Archaeological Museum, as is the case of the Lex Flavia Malacitanaa bronze piece that contains the Roman laws that prevailed in the city.
The House-Palace of La Concepción Botanical Garden
It is another of the singular spaces that you cannot miss in this botanical garden. It is a mansion whose construction we owe to the German architect August Orth. It is a villa that fulfilled the wishes of the Marquises of Casa Loring and from which they could contemplate the city, the cathedral and the sea.
It dates from 1855 and is classical in style. In its distribution, numerous halls stand out for dances, social gatherings, games and parties and a central patio with a marble fountain.
The House of the Administrator
It is a 19th century building whose construction was intended to house garden workers and animals. But today it is one of the most important spaces in the Malaga Botanical Garden. The laboratories, the exhibition hall, the historical archive and the library are located there..
Other constructions and spaces
The rest of the garden is littered with more constructions. Between them stand out the Casita de los Cipreses, the Casita del Jardinero, the historic viewpoint and greenhouses, among other spaces. The visit to it can be made from Tuesday to Sunday and has various rates.