Originally privately owned by a wealthy local family, Málaga Botanical Gardens was opened to the public in 1994. Home to more than 2,000 plant and bird species, the gardens are divided into several areas featuring palm trees, water plants, vines, cacti, and succulents. Walking paths traverse the gardens and the plant displays are supplemented by historical buildings and water features.
Book a hop-on hop-off bus tour for a speedy overview or explore the gardens by electric bike. If you wish to linger and explore at your own pace, it’s also easy to visit independently.
Things to know before you go
- Be sure to bring your camera: the Málaga Botanical Gardens has a mirador that offers panoramic views overlooking the city and sea.
- Head to the on-site garden cafeteria to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or other light refreshments.
- Select trails at the Málaga Botanical Gardens are wheelchair-accessible.
- Dogs are welcome at the gardens, as long as they are kept on a leash.
- Free entry is available during certain times on Sundays, while children under six can visit for free.
How to get there
Málaga Botanical Gardens are located just north of the city center. If using public transportation, take the number 2 bus to the last stop, from which it’s a 15-minute walk to the gardens. Alternatively, travel by taxi to navigate the steep slopes with ease.
When to get there
Málaga Botanical Gardens are open daily except for Mondays. From April through September, they’re open from morning until mid-evening; from October to March, they’re open from midmorning until late afternoon; and during the holiday season, they’re open from morning until midafternoon. The gardens are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. While there’s never a bad season to visit, visit in April or May to see the gardens’ 19th-century wisteria in full bloom.
Málaga’s Parks and Gardens
Málaga Botanical Gardens aren’t the only gorgeous green space in town. Head to the Orchidarium Estepona to see one of Europe’s largest orchard collections; venture to the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso to admire its roses; or explore the Jardines Picasso to pay tribute to the Málaga-born artist.
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