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Barcelona Zoo

General Information

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Spain, Barcelona Zoo is a perfect tourist destination for you and your family. Founded in 1892, it represents a great attraction especially if you are visiting Barcelona with children. It is a place where you can forget about the hustle of the city and reconnect with nature by spending quality time with children and friends, you can relax and enjoy the views and admire animals of different species.

Today the Zoo is visited by 1 million people annually. With over 2000 animals, from all continents and 300 different species the Barcelona ZOO is the oldest but most modern ZOO in Spain. The ZOO occupies around 13 hectares inside Ciutadella Park and it has been restored and redesigned over its 100 years lifetime, special attention being given to the restoration of endangered species. It is an amazing place where you can see many famous animals like Snow Flake (Gorilla), Avi, Batanga, Nimba, Júlia, Ulisses.

What do you see at the Barcelona Zoo

The ZOO is divided in many areas that feature specific type of animals like: The Land of Dragons, The Terrarium, The Gorillas and Aquarama.

The Aquarama section features a 3 store circular swimming pool with a capacity of 2.5 million liters of water. The attraction includes dolphins and seals and every few hours there is a dolphin show at the pool not to be missed. If you enjoy dolphins check out Aquarium Barcelona.  

The Terrarium features a wide selection of reptiles, like iguanas,  chameleons, lizards and venomous snakes. Another great section is the apes one where you can watch mandrills and titis (the smallest monkey in the world). Zoo offers the possibility to interact with the animals, some scary, anothers beautiful but all friendly.  There is a petting ZOO where children can play with farm animals and ride ponies.

Among the most unique animals are: white kangaroos, tapirs, turtles from Galapagos and komodo dragons. There are owls and peacock, which walked around the ZOO and expose their coloured lovely feathers. The Barcelona Zoo is home to one of the largest most imposing animals in the world like gorillas, hippos, giraffes, elephants and rhinoceros.

The Zoo has 2 entries, 2 locker room areas, 2 parking places for bikes, souvenirs shops, an info center, medical service, wi-fi areas and toilets. Furthermore, parents who visit with children can enjoy the parks, playgrounds and can take photos, using the funny panels with animals.
Inside the zoo, there are restaurant like Las Aguilas, Terrarium bar, Savanah Trattoria. For those that brought food with them, there is a picnic area.
For a full experience the Zoo offers buggies for rent and a train rail that will take you and your family on a ride around the park.  

Tips and Recommendations

  • There are many discount opportunities for this attraction. A good option can be Barcelona Card and it is definitely worth checking out if it is a good deal for you especially if you are planning to visit other attractions included in the offer.
  • The Zoo is a great activity for families with children. The tour takes around 3-4 hours and is is recommended to combine this attraction with a walk in the nearby Parc de la Ciutadella also and outdoor attraction (for additional information – Kids and Families in Barcelona and Attractions and Tours in Barcelona).
  • Because most of the park is outdoor make sure to check the weather forecast before booking your tickets, a rainy day can ruin your visit.
  • Food and beverage is available inside the Zoo but is expensive, so we recommend for families with children to come equiped with food and water.
  • It is generally not recommended to visit Barcelona with a personal car. But if you want the comfort of a car check Car Rental in Barcelona. For those that prefer public transportation the Zoo is easy to access with both the bus and the metro, or for a real touristic experience the Barcelona Zoo is one of the stops of Barcelona Touristic Bus.
  • Children between the age of 3-12 have discounted prices and the little ones under 3 benefit from free admission.
  • Buy your ticket online especially if you are visiting during the summer to avoid long waiting lines. There are many discount coupons available online, most of them offer a 10% discount when you purchase your ticket online.
  • There are activities scheduled what visitors can take part of like the dolphin show or an educational tour of the different  birds or reptile species so make sure to check the schedule of this activity on the official website.  

Useful Information

Location: Carrer de Wellington, 08005 Barcelona

How to get there: The Zoo is located next to Parc de la Ciutadella, you can take the Metro L4 (yellow) and L1 (red) to the Ciutadella station, or the buses 14,22,39,40,51,57,64.

Opening Hours: 1 January-26 March -10: 00-17: 30, 27-Mar-15-May-10: 00-19: 00, May 16 -15 September – 10: 00-20: 00, September 16 – October 10 – 19:00, 30 October – 31 December – 10: 00-17: 30.

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