You may have been to the zoo, but you probably haven’t been to this kind of zoo. Bioparc Valencia prides itself on offering what they call zoo-imersion, a concept that focuses on immersing human visitors in the habitat of the animals, and not the other way around, as is traditionally the case. To do this, the animals are not kept in cage-like enclosures, but instead surroundings that are as close to their natural environments as possible. Meanwhile, guests to the Bioparc view them in a safari-style way, with ponds, streams and rocks serving as barriers rather than bars and fences.
Opened in 2008, the Bioparc is located at the west end of the Turia Riverbed Gardens. It spans some 25 acres of land, on which all manner of wildlife roam. The creatures originate from places including the African savannah and wetlands, and range from hippos to lions, monkeys, giraffes and more. To further mimic natural environments, the flora is as similar as possible to the animals’ homeland, and different species coexist, just as they would in the wild.
The Bioparc is located just about ten minutes by car from Valencia’s historic center. If you don’t have a car, you can get there by the metro, stopping at Nou d’Octubre before walking another 15 minutes to the park. The park is open daily, although opening hours vary depending on the time of year.