If you are a fan of animals, you might want to take some time during your visit to go to one of Barcelona’s animal centers. From lions to vultures, sharks and porcupines, here are some of Barcelona’s best animal-related activities:
Cim d’Àligues is a bird of prey center located fifty minutes away from the center of Barcelona. The center’s objective is to inform the public about different species of birds, teaching them about each animal’s characteristics and peculiarities. Cim d’Àligues has developed various educational programs for children that visit with schools, teaching the students not only about the birds of prey but also about ecosystems.
If you plan to visit Cim d’Àligues, try to organize your day in order to be at the center around 1 pm or 5 pm, to watch a live bird of prey flight session.
Cim d’Àligues is located at Paratge del Pi Solitari, in Sant Feliu de Codines.
Zoo de Barcelona
With more than one hundred years of existence, Zoo de Barcelona is one of the most important zoos in Europe. Visitors can observe a great number of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, including bisons, anteaters, bats, komodo dragons, capybaras, and flamingos.
Zoo de Barcelona organizes a series of activities like dolphin shows and Toca-Toca, where children can learn more about a selected number of animals, which they can pet in the end of the presentation.
The Zoo also has a farm area with donkeys, cows, horses, bunnies, pigs and even a goat barn that is open for visitors to interact with the animals.
Allow a full day for your visit to the Zoo, so you can see every area without rushing.
Zoo de Barcelona is located inside Parc de la Ciutadella.
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L’Aquarium de Barcelona
L’Aquarium de Barcelona was inaugurated in the Old Port of Barcelona in 1995. The enormous aquatic complex has a total of 35 aquariums displaying more than ten thousand animals from 450 different species. At L’Aquarium de Barcelona you can see animals from the great barrier reef of Australia, the Red Sea, the Caribbean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.
L’Aquarium de Barcelona organizes special activities like diving with sharks, L’Aquarium Quiz and birthday parties.
L’Aquarium de Barcelona is located at Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell.
Fundació Mona is a rescue and rehabilitation center for abused primates who used to work as circus artist, film actors or even pets. At Fundació Mona, the animals receive physical and mental treatment and have the opportunity to live a new, happy life in community.
The foundation places great focus on educating the public about animal welfare and is open to visits from adults, families and schools.
Fundació Mona is located outside Barcelona, but due to its noble mission, it is a center worth mentioning. You can find the foundation in Carretera C-25, in Ruedellots de la Selva, Girona.