The jewel of Malaga, the La Concepción Gardens constitute the most beautiful and important tropical garden in Spain and one of the best in Europe. A century and a half old - Marquis Jorge Loring Oyarzábal and Marchioness Amalia Heredia Livermore created them in 1850 - these gardens were declared a historic-artistic garden ensemble in 1943 and were recently acquired, restored and opened to the public by Malaga Town Hall. A visit to these gardens, situated five kilometres from the city centre, is an unforgettable experience, and tourists of all nationalities are amazed to find this beautiful and exquisite garden surrounded by arid and rugged mountains. The tour round these gardens is a true spectacle that gives the sensation of being immersed in a tropical jungle -albeit a refined and elegant tropical jungle - transposed to Europe. The tour includes a small museum with statues and Roman mosaics and an archaeological exhibition.