I must say, I’m not a fan of zoos, as I find it sad to see the animals in small cages, but I did like the concept Reserva el Castillo de las Guardas, which is a natural reserve and wildlife park near Seville (45min drive) with over 200 hectares of land! There are around 1,000 animals from over 100 species living in semi-freedom in a circuit that can be done in your own car, and in which some of the animals approach you to be fed. You can either tour the reserve in your own vehicle or in a motorised train. Did I mention you can also stay the night in the park, as they offer accomodation and loads of fun activites for kids, like carting and canoe boats, and of course a restaurant. There’s also an area for kids, where they can pet some goats and other animals. You'll see how many of the animals come up close and you can even feed them.
The animals living in the park includes lions, white lions, tigers, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, dromedaries, zebras, camels, elephants, emus and loads of birds. During the tour you'll also come across life-size reproductions of dinosaurs. But the park is not just for entertainment, along with research and education, the Reserve also works as a conservation center for the biodiversity of species, helping to keep alive species that are threatened, even almost extinct in nature.
Castillo de Las Guardas Animal Reserve, Seville
Tickets: 24.50€ for adults
Kids over 3-12 years old and elderly (over 65): 18.50€
Carretera A-476, kilómetro 6.820 41890
Castillo de las Guardas, Seville (Andalusia)