Over 7,000 animals from 400 different species live in Barcelona Zoo. A visit to the zoo becomes a living spectacle with inhabitants from around the world, as you discover its fauna: primates, felines, tropical birds, dolphins… The attractions at the zoo make for an unforgettable, perfect day out for all the family.
Barcelona Zoo occupies over 14 hectares inside the Parc de la Ciutadella. It was founded in 1892 and located in buildings that had been used for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The first fauna housed in the zoo came from the private collection of Lluís Martí Codolar, who kept them on his estate in the neighbourhood of Horta. Barcelona Zoo has been extended and redesigned over the past hundred years, with priority being given to the upkeep and reintroduction of species under threat of extinction and the improvement of the animals’ living conditions.
Barcelona Zoo offers a number of educational programmes for children and adults designed to give them a greater understanding of wildlife. At the zoo you’ll be able to see a dolphin show, observe how mandrills and titis (the world’s smallest monkeys) live, laugh with the seals and discover tropical birds. The kids can enjoy the petting zoo, where they can come into contact with farm animals, ride a pony or play in the large children’s park. As you walk through Barcelona Zoo, you’ll come across modernista treasures, such as the fountain crowned by Joan Roig i Solé’s sculpture, La Dama del Paraigües (The Lady with the Umbrella -1885), one of Barcelona’s most exquisite and best-loved symbols.
Phone: 932 256 780
How to get there: Metro L4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica. | Bus 14, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 51. | Tram T4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica. | Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Parc de la Ciutadella-Zoo.
Web site: www.zoobarcelona.cat
From March 27th to May 15th, daily from 10am to 6pm.
From May 16th to September 15th, daily from 10am to 7pm.
From September 16th to October 29th, daily from 10am to 6pm.
From October 30th to December 31st, daily from 10am to 5pm.
December 25th, open until 2pm.