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Barcelona Zoo Overview

Pay a visit to the Barcelona Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, and among the largest zoos in the world. It is here where you can get a chance to witness over 4000 animals, representing more than 400 species. Gain insights about the zoo which was home to the first albino gorilla in the world for 4 decades and also housed Europe’s very first dolphinarium.

The Barcelona zoo covers an area of around 22 acres and has around 4000 animals of over 400 different species. The zoo participates in over 100 different conservation programs to help save endangered species all over the world.

Considered to be one of the largest and best zoos in the world, the Barcelona Zoo boasts of a wide array of attractions as well as activities, which makes it one of the top tourist destinations in the city.

Ever since its opening, the Barcelona Zoo has been the abode of a wide array of rare species of wildlife, ranging from red pandas, African wild dogs and the Iberian lynx, to babirusas, giant anteaters, snow panthers, Hawaiian geese, bongos, the Spanish imperial eagle as well as the Mediterranean monk seal, among others.

The zoo is quite well-maintained and is complete with a variety of walking trails, beautiful sculptures, restaurants and cafes, and shops as well as picnic areas and special zones for children.

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Highlights

• Plan a visit to the spectacular Barcelona Zoo, and get a chance to witness the wonders of nature and wildlife at this biodiversity reserve
• Enjoy up close and personal encounters with more than 4000 animals in the zoo, including a variety of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, primates, as well as marine creatures.
• Spend some time exploring the different habitats here, such as the Terrarium, Aviary, Land of Dragons and the Marmoset’s Gallery, among others
• Learn about the natural habitats of the birds and animals in the zoo, or come across rare and endangered wildlife species, such as the Komodo Dragon, the Nicobar Pigeon, Java Sparrow as well as the Muntjac Deer.
• Learn how the zoo was the home of Snowflake, the world’s first albino gorilla for 40 years

How To Reach

  • By Tram/ Metro :You can take a tram ride or avail the metro and get off at the L4-Ciutadella Vila Olimpica station, which is located just a short walk away from the Barcelona Zoo. 
  • By Bus: You can also take a bus ride from different parts of the city to get to the Barcelona Zoo. Some of the buses that operate to the zoo are bus numbers 36, 39, 40, 51, 92, B20, B25, H14, V21, and V27. The nearest bus stop from the zoo is the Av Icària - Joan Miró which is only a 3 minute walk away.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Barcelona Zoo is during the morning hours, around 10:00 a.m., which is when the zoo opens for the day. This is when there are lesser crowds in the zoo, and you can explore the zoo at your own pace.

You can also try to visit the zoo during the weekdays, as the crowd is less on those days, giving you plenty of time to enjoy and learn about each creature.

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Other Essential Information

Tips to visit Barcelona Zoo:

  • When planning a visit to the Barcelona Zoo, it is best to come here during the weekdays, which is when there is relatively lesser crowd in the zoo
  • It is always best to get your hands on skip-the-line entry tickets to the zoo, which are available online, and help you save on time, energy as well as money
  • You are recommended to come here during the morning hours, which are more pleasant and comfortable than the rest of the day
  • Know the timings of the different activities and shows in the zoo so that you can plan your visit in a better way
  • Make sure to carry sunscreen and a cap or hat to protect yourself from the heat during your visit
  • It is also important to wear a comfortable pair of shoes since you will be required to walk a lot in the zoo
  • Ensure to carry a bottle of water to remain hydrated during your visit to the Barcelona Zoo

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Point of Interest for Barcelona Zoo
Land of Dragons Zone
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Land of Dragons Zone

This zone is named after Komodo Dragons, which are found in abundance in Barcelona Zoo. The Land of Dragons zone is home to 5 species of animals from the Asia Pacific region and is famous for having created the natural habitat of these animals here. In addition to Komodo Dragons, you can also find species such as the Muntjac Deer, the Nicobar Pigeon, the Java Sparrow as well as the Lyle’s Flying Foxes here.

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Terrarium
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Terrarium

The Terrarium is one of the most popular zones in the zoo, and is home to a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, turtles, and frogs. In addition to small dragons, poison dart frogs and bay tortoises, you can also witness iguanas and Siamese crocodiles in this zone. 

Aviary
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Aviary

The Aviary in Barcelona Zoo is one of the largest in Europe and is home to over hundreds of birds from 70 different species, representing the ecosystems of Asian, African as well as American forests. The aviary is divided into different sections, each with its own climate and vegetation, to recreate the birds' natural habitats as closely as possible. Some of the birds that you can witness here include the white pheasant pigeon, blacksmith lapwing, green-backed heron and little bittern. 

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Farm

One of the most popular areas in the zoo, especially amongst the little visitors, the Farm is home to animals such as pigs, donkeys, horses, goats, cows, sheep as well as ponies. It is here where you can not only see and interact with these animals but also pet them and play with them. The Farm is also home to some of the endangered species such as the Catalan Donkey. 

Gorilla Zone
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Gorilla Zone

The Gorilla Zone at Barcelona Zoo is a special enclosure where gorillas can live and play in a more natural environment. The enclosure is made up of trees, vines, and plants, and there is also a pond for the gorillas to cool off in. In addition to learning about the behaviour of these primates, you can also gain insights about Snowflake, the first albino gorilla in the world, who resided here for around 4 decades. 

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Penguin Feeding Activity
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Penguin Feeding Activity

The feeding of penguins is one of the most popular activities that you can witness during your visit to the Barcelona Zoo. During the activity, you can see the bird keepers feed fish to the penguins. During this time, numerous other species of birds, from seagulls and cattle egrets to little egrets and others, also come out of their nests to enjoy being fed. 

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Barcelona Zoo Reviews

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Mia Brazil Salvatierra Rios
Reviewed: 21 Nov 2022
4.0/5
Very nice 👍 
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Victor Negru
Reviewed: 03 Nov 2022
5.0/5
Everything as I expected 
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GIANNIS CHATZINIKITAS
Reviewed: 05 Nov 2022
3.0/5
It was great but it’s in the process of renovation and the price does not stand from my previous experience in the past… all glasses should be replaced cause are very scratched and visibility is decent to low
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