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Review: Bioparc Valencia

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February 26, 2020

During our holiday to Spain, we took a day trip to Valencia, a port city which lies on Spain’s south-eastern coast, known for its City of Arts and Sciences.

Normally our city visits involve exploring as much as possible on foot, however, because Sebby had been poorly during the holiday, we decided to find things to do that would not take much walking.

When researching things to do with kids in Valencia, the number one thing that came up was to visit Bioparc Valencia, which is zoo that has been created with the zoo-immersion philosophy where you are totally submerged in the wild habitats of all the animals.

There is parking on site, in a multi-story car park next to the zoo and as you emerge you are greeted by a stunning wooden elephant at the entrance.

Once inside, you head over the bridge to enter the zoo itself.

As soon as you walk down the other side of the bridge into the first enclosure area, it is a real “WOW” moment and unlike any zoo i have visited before.

The zoo is dedicated to the animals of Africa and you can see animals appearing to roam free as you wander from the savannah to Madagascar to equatorial landscapes.

There is a real absence of obvious fences throughout the zoo and at one point we had troop of lemurs, brazenly walking inches away from us.

What really surprised up was the real mix of animals in each themed area.

In the equatorial rainforest area, the pygmy hippo’s does alongside bongo’s whilst the monkey’s picked apart the dung.

Some animals are kept in separate enclosures, like the leopards, chimpanzee’s and gorilla’s.

Bioparc Valencia is committed to conservation and many of the species at the zoo are included in European conservation breeding program.

The savannah has a large open area containing antelopes, giraffes and rhinoceroses, roaming alongside lions who look on from their on rocky vantage points.

I am not sure if they are kept apart, but it certainly didn’t look that way from our vantage points, although they do use a clever mix of steep banks, water and glass to keep animals apart.

The elephants had their own enclosure which was dominated by their own rocky outcrop and waterfall.

We didn’t spot them at first as they were at the back of the enclosure playing with bales of hay.

One of the highlights of our visit was almost missed, as we assumed it was just a lake filled with fish, but on closer inspection lay two hippo’s, relaxing under the water.

They almost didn’t look real until they moved their noses above the water to take a breath.

In the enclosure opposite were too huge crocodiles and I was most glad that they were behind a glass wall.

The feel of being out in nature continued along the pathways and the kids loved racing through the tunnels to see what animal they would see next.

There are 4,000 animals to see at Bioparc Valencia and they also hold talks and shows at certain times of the day.

Entrance to Bioparc Valencia costs €23 per adult and €18 per child, with children aged 4 and under free. Parking costs €6 per day.

Be aware that no food is allowed to be brought into the park and your bags are searched on entry, but there are plenty of places to eat and drink inside.

Do you like the look of this zoo?

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    Sabina Green

    February 26, 2020

    Oh wow this place looks amazing, we love a zoo visit when tge zoo has been created well. So pleased Sebby was well enough to enjoy it x

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    Sabina Green

    February 27, 2020

    Amazing! I love the look of this Bioparc – an fantastic clean looking zoo with a great array of animals. The hippos underwater are brilliant, what an experience!

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    February 27, 2020

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    Rog Willis

    February 27, 2020

    I once went to Spain back in the late 80’s. I was stationed in Germany (my first tour there. I liked it so much I went back in 91!) and some buddies of mine and I went to Spain for a long weekend. It was beautiful, and the culture vibe was incredible. I’d love to go back again, and Valencia would be on my list to visit. I love going to zoos too!

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    Talya Stone

    February 27, 2020

    I visited Valencia years back and never even knew this existed. Looks like such a lovely day out for all the family.

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    Joanna

    February 27, 2020

    There is a Bioparc near where I live as well, in Fuengirola, which has the same logo. I wonder if they are related. It looks like at the Bioparc they do take efforts to recreate the natural environment of the animals.

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    Jaime Oliver

    February 27, 2020

    What a fabulous experience to be so close to some of the animals! it looks like an amazing place 🙂

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    Lilinha

    February 27, 2020

    We’ve never been to Valencia before but will keep Bioparc in mind. It looks amazing, I particularly like the look of the hippo!

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    Jo

    February 28, 2020

    What a cleverly designed zoo! A fantastic experience to get so close to the animals. My daughters would love the lemurs being so near this looks like an absolute must do in Valencia for families. #MustSeePlaces

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    Liam Wilkinson

    February 28, 2020

    Fantastic pictures! we love Zoos as a family and this place looks great, we hae been to a few and always enjoy them, its good there part of the conservation and bredding programs.

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    Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    February 28, 2020

    Oh wow! I know a few people who have visited Valencia and no one has ever mentioned this zoo. It looks absolutely stunning and don’t the animals look so well cared for and healthy. This is definitely a place we’ll be visiting if we go to Valencia.

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    Kimberly Hogg

    February 28, 2020

    I love the idea of zoo-immersion! The animals all mixing together like they would in the wild is fantastic. I’m glad you didn’t miss the hippos!

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    Jenni

    February 28, 2020

    Oh wow this looks amazing, and I love that they had been clever with the fencing, and it’s so nice to see the animals could mix with others too. Definitely a place to add to the list for when/if we visit that part of Spain.

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    Jenni

    February 28, 2020

    I’ve never been to Valencia. What an amazing concept for a zoo! That must have been pretty special being so close to the lemurs.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    February 28, 2020

    We love visiting local zoos when we go travelling and Bioparc looks fabulous as a day out trip for the whole family. We will definitely be visiting the place when we travel to Valencia

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    Jade Braham

    February 29, 2020

    I love going to the zoo but this one looks incredible. I love the idea of being submerged in the wild habitats of all the animals. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lyndsey O'Halloran

    March 1, 2020

    This is definitely somewhere we would visit too. It looks like a great day out.

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    Tash

    March 3, 2020

    Oh wow, Biopark looks fantastic, definitly somewhere I would chose to take the whole family! Now…just to get Spain ticked from our travel bucket list!

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    Leila

    March 5, 2020

    This place looks amazing. My daughter would love to be here. Thanks for sharing.

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