Barcelona is a modern city, with its own lifestyle and endless possibilities: culture, history, gastronomy and architecture. In short, an open and plural city that adapts to all kinds of visitors. A city where you can find a great variety of architectural movements from Romanesque to Gothic and not forgetting its home-grown art nouveau called Modernism with Gaudí.
While you enjoy strolling through the city’s most emblematic streets, you can enjoy one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in the world: traditional and innovative cuisine with seasonal and local products and all this accompanied by a wide variety of local wines. In addition, the extensive cultural scene offers performances, live music, theatre and dance.
In addition, there is the Barcelona Shopping Line, a 5 km route that links different shopping and tourist areas from the seafront to the upper part of the city. A place where prestigious international brands, unique shops of local brands and all this next to terraces, restaurants, modernist houses, and museums coexist. All strategically placed to experience the authentic Barcelona lifestyle.
Barcelona is one of the first destinations in Europe and the world to host international congresses. Its location, connectivity, sustainability, the continuous improvement of its infrastructures and its background in organizing these events make the city the perfect destination for business tourism.
In conclusion, Barcelona has a special soul. Varied architecture, 2,000 years of history, an incredible gastronomic offer and a pleasant temperate climate make it possible to organize activities throughout the year . The Mediterranean character and the cosmopolitan and dynamic spirit can be perceived in the air and lived in the streets. A place where tradition and history are as important as innovation and technology.
A center for the conservation of biodiversity and a factory of emotions
Since 1892 Barcelona Zoo is working to bring nature and wild animals closer to people. At present, in a context of increasing habitat degradation, to avoid a dramatic decline in biodiversity is still possible if real conservation efforts are increased. For this reason, the Zoo of the 21st century focuses its activity on conservation, through participation in diverse programs for the protection of endangered species and habitats (especially in our immediate environment), research, through the development of numerous projects, and education, encouraging respect for nature and the environment. All this by prioritizing the welfare of the animals, an environmentally-friendly management, and the cooperation with other zoos and institutions dedicated to the protection and study of biodiversity and sustainable development. Through an ambitious strategic plan, the Zoo aims to give maximum impetus to these basic pillars of its activity.
The institution’s effort in the field of conservation is specified in the following information:
- Participation in almost a hundred ex-situ (outside the habitat) European Programs for endangered species.
- More than 85% of the species present in the zoo are included in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List.
- Close to 30% of the animals born at the Zoo in the last years have been released into their natural habitat.
- A direct investment in research of more than 1.5 million euros in the last decade through the grants from the Barcelona Zoo Foundation and its Research and Conservation Program (PRIC), 50% of which are allocated to projects dedicated to native fauna.
The Zoo works following the guidelines and strategies established by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), under the umbrella of the major international organizations dedicated to the natural heritage preservation (IUCN and World Wide Fund for Nature – WWF).
But the Barcelona Zoo is much more. It is part of the cultural and sentimental heritage of Barcelona and its citizens, and it’s a place for knowledge and contact with nature for all its visitors, who have the chance to stroll in an open-air space and privileged natural environment, with hundred-year-old trees, and enjoy at the same time a close view of wild fauna from all around the world. Through an unique immersive experience, the Zoo raises awareness among its visitors and awakes vocations in the youngest generations, who learn the necessity to value and respect biodiversity. It is therefore a real factory of emotions and an awareness transforming tool.
Located in the historic Parc de la Ciutadella, in the old town, and with an area of just over 13 hectares, the Barcelona Zoo is home to various native and exotic species, many of them endangered. as well as more than 1,300 trees, shrubs, plants and flowers of about 320 species. It receives around one million visitors each year and its club of members, the Zoo Club, brings together a large number of families that make it one of the Catalan institutions with the most members. Its Education Department, a pioneer in the country, offers a regular schedule of activities and guided tours for schools and the general public, some of which are free and a perfect complement to any visit (https://www.zoobarcelona.cat/ca/activitats). In the Zoo app, visitors can find updated information on all the services and activities available on the day of their visit, and can create their own personalized route, among other interesting options.
The Barcelona Zoo, open every day of the year, it’s easily reached by public transportation and has two entrances: one by the Ciutadella Park and the other by Wellington street, next to the Passeig Circumvalació.