Your Guide To: Barcelona Zoo
This is one of the best places for a family day out in Barcelona.
The zoo is 32 acres in size, so there is quite a large area to cover when walking. If you would prefer not to walk, you can take the sightseeing train around the zoo, or hire a buggy and drive around at your leisure.
Sadly, Barcelona Zoo’s most famous inhabitant, Snowflake, the albino gorilla passed away in 2003. You will still find a wide variety of animals here today, including lions, hippos, orangutans and gorillas.
In-line with the rest of Parc de la Ciutadella, you’ll find interesting pieces of sculpture scattered throughout the zoo.
Kids will love the Granja farmyard. Most weekends, they can enjoy pony rides and face-painting here, while learning about the care of the animals.
To really get the best value from the zoo, you’ll need at least 3 hours here. We love to pack a picnic and take a whole day to enjoy Barcelona Zoo and Parc de la Ciutadella together.
Your Guide To: The History
Barcelona Zoo came about in 1892, when Luís Martí Codolar, a wealthy banker, donated his extensive collection of native and exotic animals to the city.
It was decided that the animals should be housed in a public space in Parc de la Ciutadella.
Since then, Barcelona Zoo’s mission has been one of conservation and the preservation of animal and reptile species.
Adult: 19.90 EUR per person
Child: 11.95 EUR per person
Free entry for children aged five or under.
What´s included? Admissions
Duration: As long as you want.
Entrance Point: Parc de la Ciutadella, s/ n
Time 10am to 8pm in summer; 7pm in spring and autumn; and 5.30pm in winter.
- Parc de la Ciutadella
- A stroll along La Rambla
- An afternoon in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
What you need to know:
The free dolphin show takes place almost every day. The show’s commentary is mainly in Catalan or Castellano, but you don’t need to understand it to enjoy the show. We advise calling ahead to check the showtimes with the zoo.
The zoo is open until 8pm from mid-May to mid-September and opens at 10am every day of the year.