The city of Málaga’s best-known gardens are to be found in the Paseo del Parque. This enormous botanical garden is divided into two sections separated by the main road that runs from Calle Larios to the plaza del General Torrijos, a square dominated by the Three Graces Fountain sculpted by a French artist in the XIX century.
The Paseo del Parque was built in 1897 on land reclaimed from the sea as part of an innovative project to take advantage of a privileged local climate, especially suited to tropical species, to create a collection of plants from all four corners of the globe. No sooner said that done. The result: over 30,000 square metres sown with such exotic flora as palm, dragon, oriental banana and ficus trees. In the midst of this abundant vegetation, our path is further adorned by a wealth of monuments dedicated to the famous Málaga figures. Nearby are a series of buildings of immense historical and aesthetic value, such as the Gardener’s House, now home to the Tourist Information Office, or the current headquarters of the University of Málaga’s Rector’s Office, a Neo-Mudéjar construction that formerly housed the city’s main Post Office.