Botanical Gardens near Torremolinos. Entry is 1 euro. The Molina del Inca Botanic Garden is located at Cañada de los Cardos, near Aqualand and the Palacio de Congresos, in the northern area of Torremolinos.
Hours: June 13 to Sept. 18
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:30 – 14:00 h. and 18:00 – 21:00 h.
October to June:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30 – 14:00 h. and 16:00 – 18:00 h.
The name “Molino del Inca” originated from a licence obtained by Joseph de Inca Sotomayor in 1700 for the construction of two flour mills to be powered by the “Manantial de Torremolinos” (Torremolinos Springs), “Manantial del Albercón” (Albercon Springs), “Manantial de Inca” (Inca Springs) and the “Manantial de La Cueva” (La Cueva Springs).
The Garden, which was designed by the municipal technician Manuel Simón, was opened to the public in Spring 2003. With over 70 species of palm trees, it is one of mainland Spain’s top three outdoor public palm gardens.
The garden’s most interesting trees include an enormous Eucalyptus and a one-hundred year-old Araucaria of more than 50 metres in height, which is located in the centre of a maze.
Numerous viewpoints overlooking the gardens, together with a dozen aviaries distributed throughout the grounds, offer visitors the opportunity to detach themselves from the overcrowded atmosphere which prevails on the Costa del Sol.