After the conference finished yesterday, those who hadn’t disappeared to hop on a plane went to explore the botanical gardens just outside Malaga.
El Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción was planted in 1855 and boasts a huge collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, along with several types of fish, frogs, tortoises and water snakes.
We went right at the end of the day, just when the sun was setting, and it was lovely to wander around at dusk when it was quiet and there weren’t any other people there to photobomb us.
The garden was put together by Jorge Loring y Oyarzábal and Amalia Heredia, who after they got married took a seven-month honeymoon around Europe.
Along the way they found plants, trees, marble statues and various other beautiful things which they eventually transported to their garden.
A house stands in the middle of the garden, with the Heredia family name carved into each column.
Nowadays it’s used as a venue for weddings and other events, and it has also been used as a movie location.
The wisteria wasn’t in bloom, but you could still see the intertwining of nature with manmade structures. The two have fused to the point where it can be difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.
One of the things I always try to do became especially important here: look up.
There are some immensely tall trees, from 20-50 metres high, and some of them create canopies that really make you feel like you’re walking through some kind of wonderland.
After touring the garden for a while, we went to the house in the middle for tapas and wine. It was the perfect way to end a brilliant week.
Before going home we climbed further up the hill and looked down over the town at night:
In summary: the Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción is a beautiful place, packed with history and well worth a visit. The tour guides are friendly and welcoming, and for a while you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a tropical rainforest with a full accompanying set of flora and fauna.
If you’re in Malaga, don’t miss it. You can find out more on the official website.