The Terra Natura Park in the Spanish city of Benidorm is a private zoo with many interesting animals and attractions. Terra Natura is more than just an animal park – it is a modern zoo experience park. Here not only animals are displayed in enclosures – also the landscape, the plants and the buildings in the zoo are adapted to the respective theme region. The zoo is divided into the regions Asia and America (the two focal points) and Europe. There are similarities with the only zoo adventure park I know of in Germany – the Zoom in Gelsenkirchen.
Entrance fees Terra Natura
As this is a private zoo, entry to Terra Natura is not exactly cheap. But there is also a lot on offer. The prices in the individual state January 2019 (like everything on this website of course without guarantee):
Admission Terra Natura 2019 Benidorm: adults 31€, children and pensioners (all people over 60 years!) 25€.
Terra Natura Benidorm incl. Aqua Natura Benidorm 2019 (neighbouring water leisure park): about 5 Euro more than prices above
As far as we know, the Aqua Natura Park is closed in winter from November to April, while the Terra Natura Zoo is open all year round.
There are also cheap annual tickets, which are of course less interesting for tourists.
Current information 2018 / 2019: Admission prices to amusement parks have only become slightly more expensive in recent years. It is advisable to buy the tickets in advance on a German website, where you can cancel them free of charge up to one day before your visit. The tickets for Terra Natura are available on this page, the combined tickets Aqua Natura and Terra Natura on this page.
Opening hours 2019 Terra Natura Benidorm
The amusement park is open at least from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Depending on the season, the opening hours can be extended to 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer evenings. The park is Terra Natura is also open in winter.
Terra Natura Benidorm
If you come by car you have to pay 4 Euro for the parking place. There is hardly a chance to avoid this, as there are no other parking places within a radius of 2 km. The Terra Natura Zoo is close to the motorway exit and signposted everywhere. Another huge amusement park (Terra Mitica) is nearby.
By bus: Several Benidorm city bus lines, such as line 1, go to Terra Natura.
By train (narrow gauge): There should be a bus from Terra Mitica station to Terra Natura. At least in winter I didn’t see such a bus. Event. this connection is limited to the summer.
On foot it is a little far – at least 3 km from Benidorm. Along the busy streets it is not a nice walk.
Description of the individual parts of Terra Natura
Asia: Besides America one of the two main parts of Terra Natura in Benidorm. Many of the zoo classics like tigers, elephants, hippos, snakes, monkeys, buffalos are present. The flora in Asia has also been adapted to the theme continent. The different plants, like the animals, are well described on information boards. However, all signs in the Terra Natura are only in English, Spanish and Catalan. Interesting is also the Indian village, where there is also a restaurant with Indian food. The gastronomy prices are (as mostly in adventure parks) slightly higher than outside the park, but are not completely out of the ordinary. I liked the curry dishes in the Indian restaurant.
America: The highlight for me here was the large birdhouse with at least 10 bird species. You can go into the large open-air enclosure with a net as a roof and great jungle planting. One has thus direct contact with the animals. A big parrot was funny, greeting guests with „hello“. Since the animals in the dense jungle have quite also retreat possibilities, one discovers also after longer time in the bird house again and again new kinds. The enclosure with the goats and llamas is also accessible
Europe: A smaller part of the Terra Natura Animal Theme Park is dedicated to Europe. Here, too, a large walk-in enclosure (with mouflons and deer) is the highlight.
Other attractions: One of the main attractions is the Bird of Prey Show, which takes place several times a day in a small stadium in the centre of Terra Natura Benidorm. These should not be missed in any case.
Extra costs Terra Natura
Parking fee per car 4 Euro. Camel riding (6 Euro, summer only) and tightrope walking (4 Euro) are some of the nice paid extras in Terra Natura. Who wants can rent an electric scooter for 23 euros per day. Guided tours are also available for groups for an extra charge. The beverage prices and food prices are rather high – even if not completely exaggerated. Who wants to save or must, can bring along its food supply into the Terra Natura. There are even designated picnic areas.
Tips and Conclusions Terra Natura
In summer, a weekday makes more sense than at the weekend, as the park is not so crowded then. In winter, a day at the weekend may make more sense, as not all attractions are open on weekdays in winter. On a Thursday at the end of November I was all alone in the birdhouse for 30 minutes, which of course has its advantages.
It is essential to buy tickets in advance if there is a discount (up to 4 Euro per ticket). If not, you can get your ticket to Terra Natura at the entrance.
In my opinion, the zoo was very successful. I especially liked two things: On the one hand you get closer to the animals by lower barriers than in most other zoos, you can even go into many enclosures. On the other hand, the landscape, buildings and plants are also adapted to the respective area of origin of the animals, which upgrades the Terra Natura from a simple zoo to an animal adventure park. Terra Natura is comparable in size to a larger German zoo. Whether these aspects justify the relatively high costs must be decided by each individual.
Note: Some parts of this article date from about 2015 and are no longer up to date. Among other things, admission prices and opening hours have been updated in 2019.
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