WHAT WE ARE
A 17,000m2 tropical garden with 5 brightly coloured houses. Visit our garden and connect with mother earth. We are a group of friends who want to maintain and preserve Botanico as a place to meet nature, connect again with plants, animals and our inner balance.
We also have shared spaces for all of El Botanico friends. A large fully equipped kitchen & dining area, a freshwater swimming pool, a sports court where you can play tennis or basketball & a boules court. There is free WIFI & private parking. El Botanico is pet friendly, though we do ask that dogs are kept on leads at all times when in the garden.
At the foot of the mountains and only 15 minutes from the nearest beaches we are ideally located for beach lovers, watersports enthusiasts, cyclists and hikers.
However at El Botanico time passes by slowly, it is peaceful and you are able to fully appreciate the environment around you.
Relax in one of our colourful houses, each has its own eclectic style with art & objects from all over the world. Disconnect from the outside world, enjoy and unwind.
With the most stunning natural surroundings, large indoor and outdoor spaces and overnight accomodation for friends, El Botanico is the perfect venue for a group gathering.
Our tropical garden is made up of many different types of palm trees that provide us with dates, lychees, mangoes, chirimoyo, avocados and passion fruit.
We have a pine forest where wild asparagus grow which are delicious in tortillas. We have oranges and mandarins which we use to make fresh juice for breakfast. We also have pomegranate,carob medlar and plums trees. In the future we hope to create a bio allotment.
2003-2013 The origin
Annie Juret bought a walled area known as La Bolata in the village of Sagra. The place was uninhabited , with buildings that were half built and and half forgotten. The inhabitants of the local village of Sagra called it "the Shack". It was full of peacocks and even had deer. Antonio, the former owner had been collecting plants on his travels all over the world and had planted them with the dream to convert La Bolata into a garden of Eden. This is how El Botanico started ,with a great variety of palm trees, tropical plants, fruit plants and forest .Antonio had a dream and planted the seed. Annie made it her her personal life project to bring life back to the garden. With her strength, her determination and her love for plants and animals the abandoned place is now an area of natural beauty that today is known as El Botanico of Sagra.
Annie went to live in El Botanico in a tent within the main house, in what is today known as the Casa Azul. Surrounded by numerous friends, the "Queen of Barter" started to paint, furnish and restore the place. Annie could see the beauty, the potential of the place where we only saw weeds. Little by little El Botanico was transformed. One day she was painting a ladder in indigo blue and liked the contrast against the dominant green of the trees and plants. She thought: "Why not paint the house an indigo blue colour, like Le Majoral in Marrakech." Armed with a legion of friends and many tins of blue paint they transformed the main house with the addition of red windows. Then the building that was known as 'the vestuario' for the pool became the Red House – Casa Roja around the large pine tree. The round bodega where the wine was kept was painted orange although we continue to call it 'La Bodega' and the old picnic area became the Casa Malva. An exceptional combination of colour, period furniture, unusual objects, and iron figures crafted by the local sculptor from Sagra all add to the uniqueness that is El Botanico. Each house tells a thousand stories!
2013 until now
On 26 February 2013 Annie left us and moved on to another adventure beyond this life.
We were asked to preserve El Botanico, to continue to transform, adapt and help it remain an area of natural beauty. Since then as a group of "botaniqueros" we have been continuing to do so whilst keeping the spirit of the place. We are determined to preserve, improve and keep El Botanico a place of tranquility, beauty, happiness & sunshine