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In the oldest city of the Spanish Mediterranean, Almuñécar, specifically in the Plaza de Marruecos, we find the Bonsai Garden Museum, a space of just over two thousand square metres which houses more than 200 specimens of these curious plants.
It is the most important bonsai garden in Andalusia and one of the best in Spain, thanks to its size and diversity of species.
It was created with the idea of promoting and raising awareness of this ancient Japanese culture, and to encourage appreciation and respect for nature and trees. Here we can find and observe a wide range of species from Asia, Europe and native to the Costa del Sol Tropical.
The Andalusian Bonsai Garden Museum houses in its interior, authentic arboreal jewels, as it has among others, European and Asian conifers brought expressly from Japan; it also has tropical plants, junipers, wild pines, Chinese, Japanese, and many more.
As we have already mentioned, there is also a wide selection of native bonsais such as olive trees, wild olive trees, pomegranate trees, almond trees, carob trees, cork oaks and holm oaks. But it should also be noted that it has a wide range of deciduous and perennial species, as well as fruit and flower trees.
The Bonsai Garden Museum is made up of two distinct types of gardens, the wet garden and the dry or “Zen” garden. Between the two, we find all the species that give shape to the ancient art of bonsai.
The entrance to the Andalusian Bonsai Garden Museum is on Calle Andrés Muller, passing through a Torii or sacred Japanese gate, which symbolises the birth and death of each day. Next to the gate there is a granite lantern. Then we move on to the gardens themselves.
Thanks to this museum, which was opened to the public in 2008, we can discover a part of Japanese culture. In addition, we can also discover beautiful old garden lanterns, the sacred carp pond, exotic Buddhist fountains and century-old trees. All this in an atmosphere of peace and serenity, which could almost be described as mystical.
It should also be noted that in order to promote this culture on a regional, regional and national level, various exhibitions, conferences and courses for enthusiasts are held in the surroundings of the Andalusian Bonsai Garden Museum throughout the year. Let us remember that, thanks to the unbeatable microclimate of the Costa del Sol Tropical, it is very pleasant to visit both Almuñécar and La Herradura, and all their tourist attractions at any time of the year.
If you are passionate about gardening, Asian culture, nature, or just curious, this is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or a morning and be transported to a very quiet place where the peace of an oriental garden reigns.
So if you feel like spending a few moments of serenity, away from noise and stress, admiring these beauties, do not hesitate to visit the Bonsai Garden Museum of Andalusia.
The museum houses some specimens of the main styles of bonsai, Chokan style, style In addition to species of oriental origin such as the Japanese black pine, the bonsai garden museum also has species of Mediterranean origin