El Majuelo Botanical Park – Almunecar's Green Oasis

Parque Botánico El Majuelo

The El Majuelo botanical park, located in the historic district of the Spanish town of Almunecar at the foot of a Moorish fortress and next to the archeological remains of a Roman fish salting factory, is brimming with beautiful plants, sculptures by Syrian artists, and walking paths. It is an ideal place to unwind from daily stresses and admire the flora that thrives here.

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The 5-hectare park is rich in subtropical and tropical botanical species due to Almunecar's exceptional microclimate. There are 182 plant species, including numerous palm tree species; they represent all of the world's equatorial regions and even New Zealand. Each tree has an identifying nameplate with its species and country of origin. More than 120 bird species live among the branches of the park's plants.

I enjoy visiting botanical parks and gardens, especially if they have exotic plants that I have never seen before. When I strolled in the El Majuelo park among various palm species and admired brightly colored flowers and sculptures reminiscent of folk art, I felt like I was in South America. It was amazing! The park is well worth spending an hour or two.

El Majuelo Botanical Park in Photos

Parque Botánico El Majuelo
One of the park's sculptures created by Syrian artists

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Angel's trumpets (Brugmansia genus)

Strelitzia reginae
Bird of paradice (Strelitzia reginae)

Plumbago auriculata
Blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

El Majuelo Botanical Park
One of the Bougainvillea genus's species

El Majuelo Botanical Park
Palm fruits

El Majuelo Park
A sculpture by Syrian artists in the park

Streptopelia decaocto
Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

El Majuelo park
A cat in the shadow

El Majuelo botanical park
The park's lush vegetation

The El Majuelo botanical park hosts many of the town's festivals all year round; one of the most famous is the gastronomic fair. This tropical park is also an excellent spot for a picnic, as there are a few benches where you can sit and enjoy your meal while taking in the scenery. The neighboring Municipal Farmers Market sells fresh fruits, bread, and deli slices.

How to Get There

The El Majuelo park is just a five-minute walk from the San Cristobal beach. There is no entrance fee; it is open every day from 8 am to 10 pm. A pink-colored Moorish palace, which serves as the tourist information center, is located on Avenida Europa between the park and the beach.

Where to Stay in Almunecar

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Tropical Coast and Caves of Nerja Day Trip

On the full-day Tropical Coast and Caves of Nerja Day Trip with lunch from Granada, delve into the magnificent underground caves of Nerja; enjoy the sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea; and visit the El Majuelo botanical park, full of plants, sculptures, and paths to meander.

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Have you ever been to this green oasis in Almunecar? Do you enjoy visiting botanical gardens and parks in Spain, as I do? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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