Covering more than 250,000 square meters of landscaped lands, the Malaga Botanical Gardens are home to hundreds of tropical and subtropical plants from around the globe. Palm trees, vines, water plants, bamboo trees, and citrus trees can be seen throughout the extensive grounds. As open air pathways pass through the greenery, fountains, ponds, and streams complete the scenery. With the many varieties of palm trees and waters, the gardens have an oasis feel. Its mirador still has some of the best views of Malaga and the surrounding sea.
Designed by aristocrats in the 19th century, it was often a meeting place for important figures in Malaga at that time. Artists, politicians, and high society often gathered there. For these reasons, the gardens have been officially recognized for their historical-artistic importance. They are often cited as one of the best botanical gardens in Europe, and are considered a must-stop on most city tours.
The gardens are located just outside the city of Malaga. Get there via car or the Ciudad Jardin bus line. Guided tours through the grounds are given daily. Visitors can choose from many marked paths, with a basic route that takes about an hour and a half to navigate. The gardens are extensive, and could take a whole day to explore in full.