One of the most popular destinations in Gran Canaria is Palmitos Park. A subtropical oasis in the green valley of palm trees, which contains more than 200 species of birds, including tiny hummingbirds, toucans, peacocks, rhinoceroses, cranes, pink flamingos, macaw parrots, etc. Among other attractions: Butterfly House, Cactus Garden, Orchid Pavilion , the underwater world with thousands of exotic fish and more. In order to appreciate the full splendor of Palmitos Park, you need at least a couple of hours to wander around the park, and in some cases even half a day to see several shows and have lunch.
Palmitos Park never ceases to amaze with its grandiose innovations. This time it is the discovery of a huge dolphinarium. Also do not miss the performances with eagles and parrots showing amazing tricks, from cycling, the skill of painting and photography and mathematical knowledge. Orchid House, where ideal conditions are created for the habitat of hundreds of orchids in various shapes and colors. This is the largest collection of orchids in the Canary Islands. An impressive collection of cacti and aloe. The Butterfly House is the largest in Europe, hundreds of exotic butterflies on the coast - a truly unforgettable experience. Another attraction is Gibbon, whose natural habitat is the Malay Peninsula and Burma, which are successfully bred here for the first time in captivity. And all this among thousands of palm trees and 15,000 plants, representing an abundance of endemic species and imported species.
Opening hours: daily from 10.00 to 18.00
Entrance fee: Adult - 23 Euro, Children (under 12 years old) - 12 Euro.
Barranco de Los Palmitos s / n.
35109 Maspalomas (Gran Canaria).
Tel .: (00) 34 928 797 070
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From Playa del Ingles nº 45
From San Agustin nº 45
From Puerto Rico nº 70
From Faro Maspalomas nº 70
Palmitos Park presents a huge range of different entertainments, probably the most popular of them is the dolphinarium. The dolphinarium is very large and occupies about 3000 m2, and consists of three large pools, which are filled with 4 million liters of water. Near the pools installed stands, which are designed for 1500 people! Spectators will be able to admire the beautiful pools and dolphins swimming in them, and then also their jumps, tricks and their tricks. But even more pleasant is the fact that Palmitos Park is located in very beautiful surroundings, so viewers will see beautiful mountains and hills, palm trees and outlandish plants. The pool is located so that dolphins will perform their tricks against the backdrop of beautiful hills. The photos will be amazing!
Today, the Palmitos Dolphin Park has 5 dolphins, although in reality, the park can provide housing and 9 dolphins.
The purpose of this dolphinarium is not only to show a beautiful show and entertain the visitor, but also to convey important information regarding the conservation of nature. They urge nature to defend itself, claiming that this is real wealth, as well as study mammals and conduct research. They transmit this information through various educational and research centers of the Canary Society.
Dolphinarium is open 365 days a year and shows 2 views per day. On the show, dolphins demonstrate their agility, training and high intelligence. Performances are held at 13:30 and 16:00.
Botanical garden with birds
The first bird cage is called interactive. Majestic flamingos and ibis birds from South America and Africa are the main highlight of the program. Birds are in a large space where a lot of trees grow. They are free to fly and move.
The second cell is called "Parrot in Free Flight." Here visitors will be able to see all the colors of the rainbow thanks to a large number of bright parrots from Oceania, as well as their immediate family. Birds live here in a free environment, they can fly, sit in trees.
The third cell is a cell with toucans. Toucans live in the jungle in South America, and they eat fruits from the branches that they receive due to their large, strong and very unusual beak. Toucans nest in hollows of trees. The birds are actually very beautiful.
Hornbills live in the fourth cage. It is believed that these birds are most interesting to visitors, so they are most popular in the park of Palmitos. A wide variety of rhinoceros species live in the cage, ranging from yellow-black birds to red-black ones. The difference between them, of course, is not only in color, but also in the size and shape of the beak, eyes, neck and complexion. These birds live in Africa and Asia, they can be easily recognized by their incredible beak. Hornbills eat delicious diet foods, gourmet fruits and succulent insects every day, and park staff are especially careful about this.
The fifth cell is a cell with pelicans. This is not even a cage, but a large space with a small lake and a brook. Pelicans move freely and live among trees and flowers. Pelicans can be recognized by their unusual beak.
The sixth cage is for Australian Emu birds. Emu is a very large bird, the second after an ostrich. Emu lives in Australia and is very similar to an ostrich. In height, the bird Emu reaches one and a half meters. Birds run very fast run at a speed of 50 km / h, eat vegetables. It is very interesting that individuals of men devote themselves to incubating and protecting eggs.
Palmitos Park also has aquariums with a wide variety of fish and marine animals. Aquariums are divided into two zones: with fresh water and with salt water, include fish from all over the globe. In salt water, for example, surgeon fish and cleaver fish live. And in fresh water lives, for example, the well-known seahorse, one of the most unusual and beautiful sea animals.
Among the reptiles in the park are the Dragon Lizard and Caimans. The Dragon Lizard is famous for the fact that it is the first individual that was raised in captivity in Europe, and in particular in Spain. This is the largest species of lizard, the individual reaches growth of three meters, and weighs more than 90 kg. The lizard is very dangerous, it uses poisonous bacteria that are contained in its saliva. She can kill large mammals with her saliva in a very short time. The teeth of the lizard are very sharp, it has an excellent sense of smell, and the tongue is bifurcated. Caimans, very similar to a lizard, live in the neighboring cage. They spend a lot of time in water.
This is another popular attraction in Palmitos Park. Gibbons and orangutans live here. These animals are very mobile, thanks to their long arms they run through the trees from branch to branch. These representatives are very interested in a large number of visitors, so their cells always have a lot of people.
Aardvark lives on the so-called primate island, and it comes from South America. He belongs to the raccoon family, his coat and tail reminds of this. Aardvarks live in large groups of trees. These animals love to communicate, they have a lot of sounds for communication in their arsenal. The large nose of these animals allows them to sniff food. Usually, they feed on insects, mushrooms, seeds, and fruits.
Wallabies are very similar to little kangaroos, and also marsupials. They came from Australia and Tasmania. Wallabies jump very fast, almost like a kangaroo. But the most interesting in these animals is the process of their fertilization. Pregnancy lasts 30 days, and after her birth, the baby eats milk, which is located in the mother’s bag.
Meerkats in the park appeared relatively recently. These are small cute animals that live in southern Africa. All day they can lie and sunbathe under the sun, looking for predatory animals that can suddenly appear. This is their natural behavior that helps them escape from the clutches of predators.
Here in Gran Canaria there is a huge collection of orchids, the largest on the island. Several species of orchids grow in the park, striking in their diversity. These flowers can grow almost everywhere except the Arctic. This is because the leaves of orchids contain a small amount of water and products. Orchids have been living for over 60 years.
Here is a collection of more than a hundred different types of cacti, both small and large. Some cacti growing in Palmitos are over 4 m in height. Cacti are considered not picky plants. Perhaps this is so, but only because in cacti, as in the leaves of orchids, water is stored that helps them survive. Spines protect the plant from animals.
The Butterfly House delights all tourists. This is the most bewitching sight that will leave only the most positive emotions from a trip to Gran Canaria, and more! Palmitos Park has the largest collection of butterflies in all of Europe. All butterflies fly absolutely free. Visitors will be able to see a real wave of colors when hundreds of butterflies spin in flight. Moreover, in the house of butterflies you can see a caterpillar preparing to become a butterfly, and even the doll itself, which will soon turn into a beautiful butterfly. This spectacle delights and bewitches.
Ticket price Palmitos Park
Tickets to the Palmitos Park can be bought on the Internet (each ticket costs at least less than 2 euros cheaper), but it can also be done locally. One ticket for an adult (over 11 years old) costs 30 euros. A ticket for a child (from 5 to 10 years old, height from 110 cm to 140 cm) costs 22 euros. A “mini” package for a child from 3 to 4 years old, height up to 110 cm costs 9, 50 euros. You can buy a package of tickets that will be cheaper. So, a package of tickets for two adults will cost 58 euros, and the price on the site is 46 euros. Two tickets for children under 11 years old will cost 41 euros, and when buying on the site - 33 euros. A package for children under 4 years old will cost 19 euros, and on the site 13 euros.
The official website www.palmitospark.es presents two more packages that cannot be purchased at the box office. A family package consisting of two tickets for adults and two for children under 11 years old will cost 88 euros. A package for friends (4 adults) costs 102 euros.
In order to buy a ticket you need a document that indicates the age of the child. Otherwise, park employees will use a centimeter to measure the growth of the child and issue tickets for growth.
Palmitos Park is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, but it is forbidden to enter the park later than 17:00. You are likely to spend enough time in the park, so you should come with the expectation that you will be there for 4 hours. You need to take comfortable walking shoes and a camera with you.
Time and cost of visiting
It is open for daily visits from 10.00 to 18.00 (entry until 17.00).
You can save on an admission ticket if you purchase tickets on the official website or buy a double ticket to visit Aqualand.
For adults and children over 11 years old a ticket costs 30 €, for children 5-10 years old a 22 € ticket, and 3-4 years old - 10 €. When visiting a theme park at the peak of the season, the price of a couple of euros is lower.
You can buy a family ticket 2 + 2, this will cost 104 euros during the peak season and 90 euros in the winter.
Shows in the park are held every day according to the following schedule:
- Dolphins: 13.30 and 16.00
- Parrots: 10.30, 11.30, 14.30, 15.30, 16.30
- Birds of prey: 11.30 and 15.00
- Exotic birds: 14.30
Eateries and cafes in the park begin work from 12.00 to 15.30.