Whether you come to Barcelona with children or not, it is highly recommended to visit the Barcelona Zoo.
I spent the whole day there last week and I already want to go back!
Before taking the tour of the zoo, let me give you a few facts. This year, the Barcelona Zoo is celebrating its 130th anniversary. It does not mean that it is the oldest zoo in the world, but it does have one of the most important animal communities in Europe, since more than 7,500 animals live in this zoo.
The Barcelona Zoo is located in the Ciutadella park, in the center of the city, so before getting to know the wildlife you can take a walk through the park, enjoy the amazing fountain, a pond with ducks and take a picture with the mammoth statue, which is not going to move like the ones in the Zoo; )
You can access the Zoo through two entrances: one from the Ciutadella park side (I chose this one) and the other on Wellington Street, very close to the Ciutadella-Villa Olímpica metro station.
The general admission price is € 17 for an adult and € 10.50 for children, while there is also a discount for students, the elderly, disabled people and groups of visitors.
You can discover the Zoo in 3 different ways: on foot, with the small electric cars or with the mini-train.
By the way, the little ones at the zoo can also take a pony ride.
To the right of the entrance is the aviary, where you can not only see the beautiful birds, but also learn how your food is prepared.
It is officially forbidden to feed the animals in the zoo, but the youngest are not afraid to break the rules.
Right next to the aviary is the gorilla exhibit. Unfortunately, you won’t see any real gorillas there, but you can learn a lot from this species and even watch some scenes from the King Kong movie.
If you are fascinated by life in the ocean, you can enjoy a sea lion show that takes place once a day at 12:30 p.m. and also dolphin shows 3 times a day: at 11:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The truth is that I missed these shows and I was left with the desire, but I consoled myself with the funny penguins.
I don’t want to bore you with a detailed description of all the animals in the zoo. I think a picture is worth a thousand words, so just enjoy the photos.
Of course, wild animals were the ones that impressed me the most.
AH! And I forgot to mention that before going home you can also eat something in the park, since there are several food stalls. Those with a sweet tooth (like me) can eat a cotton candy.