What is there NOT to say about the BioParc? I have friends who recommended visiting and they were right. When I went to this incredible state-of-the-art zoo, I was blown away by the number of exhibits, animals, and habitats. The entrance price is reasonable for a single person, and the annual pass pays for itself if you visit the zoo three times a year (at minimum). To enter the park, you must cross a bridge that spans the Turia riverbed, and the view of the city from the bridge is stunning on a pleasant clear day.
Much of the exhibit is African animals, and I have to admit that beyond things like elephants and lions, my knowledge of African animals is minimal. This was a learning adventure, to be sure. The different zones of the exhibit emphasize Africa, but there are also other animal exhibits from throughout the world. One thing about this zoo is that you can get much closer to many of the animals, such as the lemurs that were sleeping in the trees above the walkway, and the giraffes that looked at you eye-to-eye.
The BioParc is on the east end of the Turia riverbed, and is surrounded by a number of buildings and shopping areas. One such area is Carrefour, a French-based shopping store/center that is somewhere between a Walmart, a Sam’s Club, and a Corte Ingles. Large and small electronics, books, household appliances, cellphone services, banking, and one of the freshest and largest food shopping areas I have ever seen were all under one roof. Plus, there is a full restaurant (go for the cheese tortellini if it’s available) that was very vegetarian-friendly. The largest meal of the Spanish day is the comida, which is about 2:00 PM, and is followed by a siesta.
After walking for two hours in the Bioparc, speaking almost exclusively in Spanish, a mound of tortellini, a full plate of incredible vegetables, and a dessert, I needed a nap.
This little guy was about the size of a medium-sized dog. He was as adorable as he looks here!