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Barcelona Zoo

See 4000 animals spread across this 130,000-square-metre zoo, a popular attraction in the city’s major park.

Hundreds of visitors flock to Barcelona Zoo each day to soak up the sun and admire the incredible array of animals in their natural habitats. The 400 different species include komodo dragons and silverback gorillas living alongside common farm animals.

Located within the city’s Parc de la Ciutadella, the zoo was created after a prominent banker donated his collection of exotic creatures to the city back in 1892. Over time, the site has grown and is now a major attraction for visitors as well as a haven for endangered animals and centre for conservation.

The zoo was once home to the first recorded albino gorilla, aptly named Snowflake. He lived here until his death in 2003 but you can still learn about his life in an exhibit at the gorilla enclosure. You can also find out how conservationists are striving to protect gorillas around the world today. There are two other primate enclosures to visit. Look out for the South American Titi Monkey, the world’s smallest primate.

Everyone loves the spectacle of watching dolphins play, so don’t miss the show held three times during the day. Elsewhere see the pygmy hippos, the African elephants, and the pink flamingos. If you’re bringing children with you, they will love The Farm enclosure, which has a petting zoo. Children can also enjoy a pony ride for a small fee.

You’ll need at least two hours to explore the main attractions here, but a whole day would be better if you want to make sure you see everything. An enjoyable way to get round the zoo is on the miniature train – pick up a timetable and map at the ticket booth as you enter the zoo. There are also small electric cars to hire if you prefer to get around under your own steam.

Opening daily, the zoo’s hours vary depending on the season. The park is 20 minutes on foot from Las Ramblas, and you can also reach it on the metro, bus or tram.


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Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou NZ$56
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou

Carrer de Llacuna 32, Barcelona, Barcelona
     
    1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Poblenou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Barcelona Zoo and Torre Glòries are also within 1 mile (2 km). Llacuna Station is only a 5-minute walk and Poblenou Station is 7 minutes.

    Arc la Rambla NZ$90
    Arc la Rambla

    Arc la Rambla

    La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del Liceu are also within 5 minutes. Drassanes Station is only a 2-minute walk and Liceu Station is 4 minutes.

      Hotel Arts Barcelona NZ$292
      Hotel Arts Barcelona

      Hotel Arts Barcelona

      Marina 19–21, Barcelona, Barcelona
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Barceloneta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Casino Barcelona and Port Olimpic. Barceloneta Beach and Bogatell Beach are also within 15 minutes. Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica Station is 5 minutes by foot and Barceloneta Station is 14 minutes.

        H10 Cubik NZ$134
        H10 Cubik

        H10 Cubik

        Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona, Barcelona
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. El Corte Ingles and Tivoli Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Urquinaona Station is only a 2-minute walk and Placa Catalunya Station is 7 minutes.

          Ciutat de Barcelona NZ$90
          Ciutat de Barcelona

          Ciutat de Barcelona

          C/ Princesa, 33-35, Barcelona, Barcelona
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in El Born, this romantic hotel is steps away from European Museum of Modern Art and Picasso Museum. Barcelona Cathedral and Barcelona Zoo are also within 10 minutes. Jaume I Station and Barcelona Franca Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Catalonia Born NZ$176
            Catalonia Born

            Catalonia Born

            Rec Comtal 16-18, Barcelona, Barcelona
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Born, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arc de Triomf, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Picasso Museum. Barcelona Zoo and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Arc de Triomf Station is only a 4-minute walk and Urquinaona Station is 8 minutes.

              Negresco Princess NZ$127
              Negresco Princess

              Negresco Princess

              Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia and Tivoli Theatre. Espai Volart and Jardines de la Torre de les Aigues are also within 5 minutes. Urquinaona Station is only a 2-minute walk and Passeig de Gracia Station is 6 minutes.

                K+K Hotel Picasso El Born
                K+K Hotel Picasso El Born

                K+K Hotel Picasso El Born

                Passeig de Picasso, 26-30, Barcelona
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chocolate Museum, Picasso Museum and Parc de la Ciutadella. Barcelona Zoo and Arc de Triomf are also within 10 minutes. France Station and Barcelona Franca Station are within a 5-minute walk.