One of my favorite things in Valencia is the Bioparc. So with our recent visit in Valencia we couldn’t miss strolling among these amazing jewels of Africa.

Normally I don’t visit zoos, because I don’t like the idea of animals to be kept in cages for our amusement, but this Bioparc in Valencia is different, so maybe this is the reason why I like it so much.

It was opened in 2008 and the park is creating a very true and accurate reconstruction of Africa’s wild life. Located in the Valencian ‘Cabecera’ park this Zoo was created based on a new technique that tries to introduce people to the natural habits of the wild animals. The animals live here as they would live in the wild, in groups of the same species in the same natural habitat, which is separated by natural barriers of rocks, rivers and bridges.

I love that Bioparc has respect for the animals and they are focusing on promoting awareness about caring for the environment.
They are also offering several education programs and special programs for children that are guided by the park’s personnel.

How to reach Bioparc
By Bus:
Routes 7, 17, 29, 61, 81, 95.
By Metro:
Lines 3 and 5, Nou d’Octubre stop, a 10 minute walk from the site.

Prices
Single general ticket: 23.80 Euros
Single child: 18.00 Euros
There is free entry for children under 4 years of age.
Child tickets are available for children between 4 and 12 years old.

Special discounts are available for:
Large families: 15% off. Proof of family documentation must be provided in order to obtain the offer.
Under 25s (student cards): 15%.

The park

In the Bioparc you’ll find a piece of the African Savannah, the forests of Equatorial Africa, the Madagascar Island and the African wetlands; and all this without leaving the city!

The first thing that we did is to visit the Island of Madagascar. It was simply amazing! This area is all about experiencing and almost becoming part of the daily life of lemurs. You will find seven different species of them. During our tour, lemurs were literally right next to us. Of course, that you are not allowed to touch them but if they come to you, they allow you to say hello to these cute guys. One came to us and sat in front of us ready for a photo shoot. It was incredible.

The flora that you find within this habitat is also native from Madagascar. It is the same that the animals would find if they were home. You can spend as much time as you want here.
This was by far our favorite part of the day.

Our second stop was in the African section in here they keep many species of large herbivores such as giraffes, zebras, the extremely endangered white rhinos, elephants, impalas and many more. This article would be too long if I tried to mention them all. The area is divided into many different habitats to suit the needs of the animals. It is so big that we spent most of our time exploring each of the habitats. I couldn’t get over how large the spaces are. Plus animals looked happy. They could move round and interacted with other species that they would find at home.

We got a small snack and a coffee in the cafeteria and sat outdoors with giraffes and zebras just a few meters away — again, only the obstruction was a small, steep stream between us.
The food was as cheap as at our neighborhood café, which really surprised us.
The experience was wonderful.
You feel as if you are walking among the animals in their natural environment. In some cases, you really are.

Bioparc Valencia is a magical world of nature in the middle of the city of Valencia; a place to enjoy, discover, and be aware of the beauty African nature has to offer.

It is a must for you bucket list.

Roxana
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