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Zoo de Santillana, Santillana del Mar

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Get up-close and personal with animals from six different continents at Zoo de Santillana, considered by the World Wildlife Federation to be one of Spain’s top zoos. Covering an area of 6 hectares (14.8 acres), the zoo is home to 37 programs dedicated to breeding endangered species in captivity. Observe the resident animals at close range through daily feeding programs. Travel through the world’s ecosystems by visiting specially-designed habitats including the Tropical Garden, the Quaternary Park, and the Aquaterrium. Grab a bite to eat at the zoo’s cafe, also serving Spanish paella, or bring your own lunch to eat in the picnic area. Prepare appropriately for the weather as the zoo is sizeable and its eating and viewing areas are primarily outdoors. Free parking is available on the grounds of the park. To visit Zoo de Santillana and get the most from your holiday in Santillana del Mar, create itinerary details personal to you using our Santillana del Mar vacation trip planner.
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  • We thought that it could have been a bit expensive at €20, but it's well worth it. A large area with an excellent variety of animals.  more »
  • No words to describe this awful run down zoo .Animals in horrific conditions , small dirty enclosures hence very smelly !! Rabbits in wire bottomed cages no food, peeing etc onto the concrete floor un...  more »
  • Although the weather was not cooperating we had so much fun in that zoo! Animals are displayed so that you can see them well and even interact with some. Monkeys are especially funny. My kids have bee...  more »
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  • It is a nice zoo with alot of Fauna and alot of animales. You follow a easy walk through the park where you can really get in close contact with the animals. The downside is that the cage size is really different between the animals, there are some species like big fishes (like piranas) in way too small tanks as well as they have trown in turtles in other tanks just as small with big fishes (asking about this they did tell me they were looking for solutions, lets hope that happens soon). The cages of the bears where also quite depressing, just rock, no grass or other Fauna. But the area of the butterlies was amazing and the birds and monkeys were also impressive. Worth the visit and if you can donate some money to help improve the conditions of the animals, I recommend it.
  • Animals didn't have anything to keep them occupied and were in cramped concrete enclosures. Some animals were pacing (a sign of frustration). Made me sad. Lunch was also very poor. Don't go - go to Parque de Cabárceno, Cantabria, Spain instead which is excellent.
  • A bit expensive for adults
  • Visit indispensable to go with small, lots of animals, lots of variety. All very organized and prepared so don't leave without visiting each and every animal. We thank especially the area's farm near the eating area where kids can interact with the most harmless. People's Park is outstanding, good sides, always smiles and willingness to help all. 10. Always recommended.
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  • Good plan to go with children. Many animals even though the conditions are to be bad are not the best. The best, the wing River. Dining menu prices are accessible but value for money is better in Santillana village. We entered at 11:30 and left at 15:30.
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