400 animal species in the centre of the city
A fun day out for all the family beckons at Barcelona Zoo, which is situated in the centre of the city in the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella.
Heavily involved in education, conservation and research projects, Barcelona Zoo is a very prestigious animal sanctuary as well as being great fun for visitors. The chance to see elephants, lions, kangaroos, giraffes and zebras ensure that no one goes home disappointed, and there’s a pleasant surprise for lovers of marine mammals too – the zoo boasts a pod of dolphins who perform acrobatic shows at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm each day.
Sadly the zoo’s most famous resident, Snowflake the albino gorilla, died back in 2003, but many of his (non-albino) offspring live on.
Tickets are currently around 20 euros per person for adults, with discounts for children (kids under three, enter for free). You can buy them in advance via the likes of Get Your Guide or the Barcelona Turisme (see right of this page).
The opening hours of the zoo are 10am to 5:30pm during winter, and until 7pm during summer. It is open 365 days a year.