Malaga Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico de la Concepcion), Spain
The final stage in our short tour of Andalusia for Woolrich, was a visit to the botanical gardens in Malaga - Jardín Botánico Histórico La Conceptión. It was a must-see for us as we had plenty of time to spare before our flight home and the gardens were en-route to the airport; we'd have had to have really good reasons not to visit.
We didn't hold any hopes for greenhouses here because although only very early Spring, the weather was plenty warm enough for us and we couldn't imagine that you'd need to make an even hotter place to keep your plants. We were wrong.
We followed snaking paths through bamboo groves and palm trees that towered above us, Monsteras covering the ground on either side and honestly, we forgot that we were outdoors. I think that because we've never visited a real jungle (in our adult lives at least) our closest experience to tropical plants is under glass roof and so our instincts tricked us into thinking that we were.
If we hadn't had to catch a flight then we would have spent all day in that place; our faces squashed against the glass of the last remaining greenhouse or staring in disbelief at the rainbows caught in the one next door (that is now sans glazing) and taking pictures of each other to show the incredible scale of all those cheeseplants.
The gardens are open every day of the year except for Mondays, December 25th and January 1st.
Find out more information by visiting their website.