The ten best and most original gardens of Andalusia
When evening falls and the atmosphere cools down, the scents of the Andalusian vegetation invade their streets. The orange blossoms, the jasmines, the rose bushes and the lilies intoxicate our senses with their perfumes. Andalusia has a huge floral wealth and gardens that show the world the magnificence of its species. If you travel to the south of Spain this summer, feel free to stroll through one of these ten gardens that we recommend. Enjoy the most spectacular sunsets in a fabulous setting.
1. La Concepción Gardens, Malaga
La Concepción Historical-Botanical Gardens is an English landscape style garden with more than a hundred and fifty years history. Located at the northern entrance of Malaga, it is one of the few gardens with subtropical climate plants that exist in Europe. It has more than fifty thousand plants, of two thousand tropical, subtropical and native species; the collection stands out with more than a hundred different species of palms, bamboos, aquatic plants and its historic garden. An excellent plan to share with your partner, and to relax with the floral fragrances.
El Aljibe, Alcala de los Gazules
The Botanical Garden of El Aljibe, in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, in the Province of Cadiz, is a very special place to get to know, at a quick glance, the plant wealth that this area has, which is characterized by its high rainfall and the presence of unique Mediterranean species. Among its attractions is its strong connection to the water, as creeks, wells and streams clutter this space giving a relax halo. We recommend that you sit in the shade of one of its trees and enjoy a comforting reading.
El Castillejo, The Cadiz Forest
This Botanical Garden is included inside the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. During a visit to El Castillejo Botanical Garden, you can know some of the most interesting plants of the Andalusian flora: the Spanish fir, Mediterranean fir that only lives in Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra Bermeja; or the Grazalema poppy, endemism that is only found in the mountainous area to which it owes its name. El Castillejo Botanical Garden also offers a guided tour service free of charge to all the groups on request.
Dunas del Odiel
The Dunas del Odiel Botanical Garden has an area of 8 hectares and is in the Province of Huelva. It is the home of more than 30.000 specimens of 84 different tree and shrub species and offers special care to species that are endangered and of interest. If you come to this land, you can enjoy a passionate journey through this flora, where you can practice landscape photography in an exciting manner.
The Villa Onuba Garden, Fuenteheridos
Villa Onuba Gardens is the name of an estate owned by the Marist Brothers that offers a place of retreat and foster home for groups wishing to conduct retreats, seminars, workshops or training activities in its facilities. Its gardens constitute a true paradise of great environmental qualityas all the species of the mountainous area are represented in this wonderful botanical garden. It also has over 100 species of trees and shrubs from American, Asian and African flora. Despite its private use, the estate is open for the visit of all the nature lovers.
Estepona, Costa del Sol Garden
Estepona has, in recent years, become a real garden as a whole. Its narrow alleys are full of flower pots following a city beautification plan that unifies the colors and the pots, giving the historical district a unique beauty. In addition, the city is expecting that the Botanical Park project is implemented which will house more than 8.000 different orchids in its orchidarium. A comforting and pleasant walk through the city that leaves you exposed to all its plant charm that day to day earns the appellative of “Costa del Sol Garden”.
The Genoese Park, Cadiz
The Genoese Park is a spacious landscaped walk with segments of the romantic tradition that will captivate you. The place has waterfalls with a lake, a concert hall, a coffee shop and a variety of botanical species, some of them of great rarity and magnificence. The park has a roughly trapezoidal shape and releases coolness in summer days. A good place to delight your eyes with the colors of its floral variety, to which you should go to if you are in the city of Cadiz this summer.
María Cristina Park, Algeciras
The María Cristina Park, of 1830, is located in Algeciras. After its reconstruction at the beginning of the century constitutes an early example of a Hispanic Arabian garden recreation. Andalucia has been a cradle of different cultures throughout its history, and this fact is noticeable, not only in the monuments, but also in our plant heritage. In Algeciras you can enjoy a pleasant walk in this María Cristina Park where you can enjoy the most unique gardens of the city.
El Generalife, Granada
El Generalife is the villa with gardens inhabited by the Muslim kings of Granada as a resting place, located in the city of Granada, Spain. It was conceived as a rural village, where ornamental gardens, orchards and architecture were integrated, near the Alhambra. It was declared, along with the Alhambra, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and has become one of the most beautiful gardens of Spain, not only for its Arabian style plant value, but by the environment in which it is located.
El Retiro Historic Garden, Malaga
El Retiro Historical Garden or El Retiro de Santo Tomás is a Botanical Garden of Malaga City located in Churriana. It is primarily a French-style garden that combines with the Italian, English and Arabian styles. The garden consists of three parts: vegetable garden, garden-patio and garden-courtier. The last two were designed by the architect Martín de Aldehuela and subdivide into smaller gardens. Among the emblematic specimens, an elm tree almost 200 years old and a group of ancient cypress trees stand out. The shade that these trees give will be the best shelter for your summer evenings if you decide to get away to this corner in Malaga.
WHERE TO STAY
If you want to discover these gardens do not hesitate to stay at the best hotels. The best option, without a doubt is Fuerte Hotels. The chain has establishments where you will able to enjoy, in addition to its services, the best of every point of the Andalusian geography. More than 50 years’ experience is the best guarantee for devoting your time to walk through these natural spaces. Marbella, Conil, Grazalema, El Rompido, Estepona or Torrox are some of the enclaves where you can find these amazing accommodations near to all these gardens that we recommend you.