Botanical Garden, Nerja

Detunda is the ancient Roman name for Maro, which is where we find the recently opened Jardín botánico Detunda-Cueva de Nerja. It cost three million to construct, took three years to complete and then a further three years to open to the public.

That’s the nature of politics in Spain and quite normal, but at least it did finally open.

Botanical Garden, Nerja

The Botanical Garden covers an area of around 26,000 square metres and is home to about 200 species of plants and trees indigenous to the mountains of Málaga and Granada provinces. A 1.6km trail winds its way through the garden and there is a small pond and several areas with seating, mostly shaded, so you can pause en route. The garden is open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00 and entry is free.

Botanical Garden, Nerja

There are several workshop buildings/interpretation centres (all closed when I went) and there is a small lift from the entrance down to the garden level (rather than main zig-zag walkway), although this was not working when I went. At least I assume it is a public lift, nothing states otherwise.

The garden, and the exhibits, are currently showing the effects of the extremely dry weather. The soil is bone dry and parched. I would imagine winter and spring would be the best time to visit with more chance of seeing a bit of green and, hopefully, the odd flower.

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