Anyone spending any time in the city of Barcelona should take the time to visit Barcelona Zoo. (Parc Zoològic de Barcelona in Catalan, Parque Zoológico de Barcelona in Spanish) The zoo is situated in the heart of the picturesque Parc de la Ciutadella situated at the northeastern edge of the “old town” of Barcelona.
The decision was made to locate the Barcelona Zoo in the Ciutadella park was made due the Universal Exposition of 1888 held in Barcelona. After the Exposition closed down, there was a large number of buildings left empty which , according to the city fathers, would ideally house a zoo. And so it was at the Barcelona zoo came to class and was inaugurated in 1892, significantly on the day of the Mercé, the patron saint of the city. The first of the zoo’s inhabitants were donated by Lluís Martí i Codolar, a well-known banker in the city, who had also built an agricultural farm and gardens in Barcelona.
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Over the years visiting the Barcelona Zoo has become a must, not only for local residents, but also for visitors to the city from all over the world. In fairly recent times, from 1966 to 2003 Barcelona zoo became even more of an international attraction as it was home to Snowflake, an almost unique and very famous albino gorilla.
If you have been living in the city for a while and expecting guests from abroad and want to show them around, their visit to Barcelona zoo should be close to the top of your list. No matter what your native language is you will find a well-educated guide who speaks your language. Not only that but the zoo offers a wide range of educational activities relating to taking care of animals in captivity, including a wide choice of diversionary workshops, excursions and fieldtrips geared towards both adults and children of school age onwards.
Also contained in the grounds of the zoo is the city’s Museum of Natural Science combining the Zoology Museum of Barcelona, and its museu and well hello Barry gives. M of Geology. Almost as interesting as its contents are the building itself, which was built in 1880 using bricks.
The museum of geology was named in honor of the 19th century scientist Francisco Martorell i Peña who donated his whole collection of artifacts of cultural and archeological importance as well as his entire scientific library which till today forms the background of the museum.
Getting to the Barcelona zoo is not difficult with The Barcelona Metro and Trambesòs station Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica, on Route L4, is within walking distance of the zoo from the nearby suburb Vila Olímpica. Those who find the metro more convenient the nearest station is also situated closer to the zoo as is the Rodalies Barcelona (commuter train network) which arrives at the Arc de Triomf station, while Barcelona’s central bus station Estació del Nord is also within reasonable walking distance.