We recently returned from a two week holiday in Denia in Spain. During the two weeks we headed to Valencia as we have done the past few years. Denia is lovely for chilling at the villa by the pool, heading to the beach and the coast for nice meals, but Valencia also has some great attractions. Plus it’s only an hour or so away. We always hire a car and for the last few years have visited both the Bioparc Valencia and the aquarium, both of which are great tourist attractions for families. I thought I’d write a separate post about both, so check back soon for lots of fab photos of the aquarium!
The Bioparc Valencia
The Bioparc is a large zoo built in an old river bed which runs through Valenica. It’s the nicest zoo I’ve ever been to. The animals are mostly behind natural boulders, trees and rocks to keep both you and them safe and there are minimal cages and glassed off sections.
Obviously there is glass protecting you from the lions and gorillas, and snakes (!) but a lot of the animals can be viewed from higher up, bridges and walk ways, so it really feels nice and open.
The animals all look well cared for, the setting is clean and buggy friendly to walk around all day. There are a couple of sections to walk though where birds and lemurs are free to roam around. You must leave your buggy in the buggy park and ensure you go through two sets of doors to make sure nothing can escape. These are some of our favourite sections!
There are a couple of different options for food and drink. I wouldn’t say it’s the best food but it’s not too bad value for money. We usually head to a snack type shack selling paninis and sandwiches and drinks. There is also a canteen type restaurant which sells bigger meals. Obviously there are plenty of baby changing facilities and an all important ice cream stand.
We have been in June and September, admittedly out of the UK summer holidays, but it’s never been that busy. The park opens at 10am and if you’re going in the height of the summer I’d recommend you get there as early as possible to walk around before the hottest part of the day. This year we visited from 10am until about 2pm as we coincided leaving with the toddlers all important nap time. However when she was younger and would sleep in the buggy we stayed longer and walked around as she slept.
We have had some wonderful memories and taken so many lovely photos.
Tickets cost 23.80 euro per adult, and under 4s are free. Child tickets for 4 – 12 year olds cost 18 euro. There is underground parking at the Bioparc for an additional charge. You could easily spend all day there. If you’re out and about in Spain before you visit you may well see vouchers such as buy one get one free on admissions. Last year a really kind man in front of us in the queue gave us one of these so we only had to pay for one adult ticket!
I can highly recommend the Bioparc as one of the top things to do in Valencia with children.
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