Best zoos in Andalucia

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Selwo Marina in Benalmadena

Spanish Andalusia boasts some top-notch zoos and sea life parks. The best thing about Andalusian wildlife parks is that the animals have amazing homes there. They are allowed to roam freely or semi freely, so to you it feels as if you were observing them in their natural habitats! That’s good news both for you and the animals of course. What is also great is that because of the pleasant southern Spanish climate, it’s possible to visit those zoos most time of the year.

Popular zoos & wild life parks in Andalucia

1. SELWO AVENTURALocated between Estepona and San Pedro. It is by far one of the most popular attractions on Costa del Sol, a remarkable piece of Africa on the Spanish coast. People from all over Eruope come to visit it, as it’s one of a kind on the Old Continent. Selwo Aventura covers nearly one million square metre site! There is a unique Canyon of the Birds, a large netted area where most fascinating birds can fly freely – there are different viewpoints to observe them.

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Selwo Aventura in Estepona

2. BIOPARC FUENGIROLA. Squeezed in the centre of the city. Before entering this Bio Parc, which looks very inconspicuous from the outside, your expectations tend to be very low. You may even decide to skip this attraction as the ticket price is quite hefty. Don’t do it, buy the ticket, you won’t regret it. Fuengirola’s Bioparc is ranked second on our list for a reason! What most people praise a lot are well-designed enclosures which are sometimes more eye-catching than the wild animals themselves! You will find here buildings styled to resemble ancient palaces, there are charming bridges, great flora all around you and some fantastic observation points. Fuengirola’s Bioparc is inhabited by a tiger, an orang-utan, a hippo, chimpanzees, lemurs and lots of other wild animals, some of which you probably haven’t seen in any other zoo.

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Bioparc in Fuengirola

3. OASYS MINIHOLYWOOD – located in the Tabernas desert near Almeria. This large entertainment park  comprises of a Wild West village and a large zoo with a western background and with a number of unique species such as white tiger. All the enclosures are very spacious and well-maintained.

Oasys Miniholywood Zoo

Oasys Miniholywood Zoo

4. CASTELLAR ZOO – Castellar Zoo is quite small compared to the wild life parks ranked 1st and 2nd, however it’s very well taken care of and you get good value for money. Plus, there are some perks if you decide to pay visit. For example, right at the entrance there is a very amiable junior tiger on the leash, you can approach it, caress it and obviously take this invaluable Facebook picture!

Castellar ZOO

Castellar ZOO

5. JEREZ ZOOJerez de la Frontera boasts big top quality zoo. It’s located just outside the city. The best thing about the zoo is that the entrance fees are really cheap and it’s never overcrowded.

6. CORDOBA ZOO – average zoo located in the city centre.

7. LOBO PARK – wolf park located near Antequera in the Malaga province, close to beautiful Torcal mountains. A large place where lots of different wolves live in semi-natural conditions. The tours are very interesting and informative. It’s also possible to have a tour in English.

If you are interested in sea life and sea creatures, visit those places on Costa del Sol:

Best sea life attractions in Andalucia

1. SELWO MARINA – Amazing park located in the middle of Benalmadena with plenty of attractions including wonderful dolphin shows, penguin feeding sessions, exotic birds exhibitions and much more.

Selwo Marina in Benalmadena

Selwo Marina in Benalmadena

2. SEA LIFE AQUARIUM – Underwater park next to Benalmadena’s seafront promenade. Sea Life boasts more than 30 aquarium tanks which are home to some of the most incredible sea and ocean creatures: sharks, giant turtles, rays, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish, eels and sea otters.

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Sea life Aquarium in Benalmadena

3. AQUARIUM ROQUETAS DE MAR – located in the town Roquetas de Mar near Almeria. The sea life aquarium covers 3,000 square meters. It consists of the Amazon river section, the Oceanarium, the Mediterranean room nad more. The entrance fee for an adult is 16.95 Euros.

4. CROCODILE PARK IN TORREMOLINOS – if scarry beasts such as crocs are your thing, you can’t possibly miss this place! More than 200 different crocodiles awaits your visit!

Best white villages in Andalucia Spain

The famous white towns perched in the hills and mountains of Spanish Andalucia are rich in charm and history. Peaceful, idyllic unspoilt by tourism, pueblos blancos are perfect getaway from hustle and bustle of the Spanish coast. Have a look at our ranking of white villages which deserve your visit.

Most popular white towns in Andalucia

1. ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA – this beautiful tranquil town sits at the foot of the Sierra del Jaral, in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. This fairy white village overlooks turquoise gleaming lake providing spectacular views. Remains of a Morrish castle tower over the town. Perfect for those seeking peace – all day long you can hear sounds of birds and wind. In our opinion, the nicest pueblo blanco in Andalucia.

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2. CASARES – breath-taking white “hanging” village located between Campo de Gibraltar and Serrania de Ronda. Frequently visited by photographers, painters and poets. There is a 12th century Arab castle on top. Near Casares, there are famous Roman Sulphur baths of Hedionda where Julius Caesar is said to have cured his skin infection.

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3. MIJAS – a very popular white village located only 30 km away from Malaga. Perched high on the mountainside, the village boasts spectacular panoramic views of Costa del Sol. In the very centre of Mijas there is large multi-storey parking which tourists use as a starting point to explore the village. Just next to it there is a donkey taxi, but we recommend to walk round Mijas on foot!
The village is famous for charming cobbled streets decorated with colourful decorative vases, bowls and plates. There are some excellent craft shops in Mijas as well with beautiful tile paintings and fancy traditional Spanish dresses. One of the streets will lead you to a small but beautiful bull ring which you can enter for a small fee. Other tourist attractions in the centre include a small church set in a cave Ermita de la Virgende la Pena and the El Compas viewpoint overlooking some spectacular gorges.IMG_4547_630x400

4. VEJER DE LA FRONTERA – a real gem on Costa de la Luz, located between Barbate and Conil de la Frontera. Once you arrive at the top on a sunny day, you will be able to enjoy excellent views of Spanish Coast of the Light and even of Morocco. Vejer makes up a fascinating labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets. Recommended some good tapas in the centre.

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5. CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERAold fortress village perched very high on a hilltop. From the south direction, Castellar can be reached by a picturesque winding road. Among beautiful narrow cobbled streets full of ornaments and flowers, you will find the Balcony of Lovers which provides amazing views of the lake beneath. Best to visit during sunset! There is a quaint souvenir and local art shop at the catle entrance.

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6. ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA – definitely most dramatically positioned pueblo blanco in southern Spain. Situated on the edge of precipice, The Parador de Arcos offers sensational views over the green plains below and of the River Guadalete. This white washed town, which was declared a national historic monument in 1962, boasts a twelfth century Arab fortress and very atmospheric old town. It’s probably the biggest of all the pueblos blancos.

View of Arcos de la Frontera

7. GAUCIN – white village in Andalucia.

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8. MEDINA SIDONIApueblo blanco in Andalucia, on the road to Jerez de la Frontera.

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 9. FRIGILIANA – white village in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara mountain range, near Nerja.

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