Loro Parque Tenerife
Did you know a lion’s roar can be heard up to three miles away? Probably good to know if you’re 2½ miles from a hungry lion and need a head-start! If you’re into animals and animal facts, you’ll have a wild time at Loro Parque.
Located on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, this very popular 33-acre zoo is one of Tenerife’s biggest tourist attractions. Like many zoos, conservation and education is an important part of its ethos, so you’ll find plenty of information on each species as well as details of the park’s active conservation programmes. It’s a big favourite with holidaymakers, and holds the prestigious title of #1 Zoo in Europe on Trip Advisor, as well as scooping the number two spot in the world!
Loro Parque means ‘Parrot Park’ in Spanish, a name given because it has the world’s biggest collection of parrots. There’s around 4,000 of them flying around and about 350 different species. But the zoo offers far more than just the chance to get close to these beautifully colourful birds. From meerkats and tigers, to gorillas and a huge aquarium full of fish, it’s home to thousands of tropical and endangered creatures.
Going wild Down Under
The Park’s newest attraction is an Australian adventure in the treetops. The Katandra Treetops lets you climb up into the canopy and see bright and colourful birds flying around in a natural habitat. It’s bright and colourful, and perfect for anyone who has fond memories of having a treehouse as a kid!
Putting the welfare of animals first
The zoo is very modern, and each animal enclosure has been carefully thought through to make sure it’s suitable for its residents. A large, natural habitat has been created to form Lion’s Kingdom. Home to three lions, there’s a small river and lake for them to cool off. Planet penguin is the largest penguinarium in the world, complete with ‘snow’. Or marvel at the fish swimming over your head in the aquarium. Loro Parque has the world’s longest submarine tunnel through the aquarium tank, so you really feel like you’re diving into their world.
A picnic in the gardens
After a busy morning or afternoon looking at the animals you can sit back with a picnic in the beautifully kept gardens or pop into one of the selection of cafes and restaurants on the site. Serving everything from pastries and tapas to pizza and menus just for the kids, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s taste. There’s also a children’s playground and garden of exotic orchids to wander around.
Children under 6 visit free, and you can buy your tickets online in advance to beat the queues, or they are available on the day. Loro Parque is well within walking distance of the town, or hop on the free road train to get there. Departing every 20 minutes from outside McDonalds on Plaza Reyes Catolicos, it’s all part of a fun-packed day out.