This is a blog about an historic park in Malaga city centre, Andalucía, Spain.
It’s for Costa del Sol tourists, independent travellers, cruise ship visitors, historians, gardeners, horticultural professionals, local residents. For anyone who has stumbled across this park, anyone who is familiar with it, and for anyone who is planning a visit to Malaga or who just wants to discover more about its fascinating history, its plants, and its place in Malaga life.
The area has a wealth of important botanical plantings, bizarrely located in a busy urban environment. In 2011 I received a Royal Horticultural Society Coke Trust Bursary to part fund a study trip into the History, Design, Planting and Redevelopment of the area. I produced a brief written report for the RHS, but felt frustrated at the lack of public information available for tourists and horticulturalists about a park with such a distinguished history and an exciting future.
So I’d like to share as much as I can – photos, news, maps, historical anecdotes, plant lists, and botanical plant profiles – through this site, and also through a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/parquemalaga.
This is very much a personal and unofficial blog, and a work in progress. It will enable me to chronicle and present all the information I’ve gathered, and help me learn more myself about the park and its plants. I also want to spread the word about what I believe to be an underrated attraction in a city which is fast becoming one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
All of the photos on this blog are my own, except for the historical photos where stated. I’ve also added several youtube videos to the site to give the visitor a much better impression of the area. Here’s the first, from the excellent travel website http://www.viajamalaga.com. For everything else, just click on the drop down menu above !
I hope it’s of interest and I welcome your comments.