Palmitos Park

Palmitos Park in Gran Canaria

Palmitos Park, located in the beautiful interior of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, is the perfect destination for a day out with the family. Set among mountains and lush nature away from the coast, this exotic park offers an unforgettable experience for young and old alike.

Palmitos Park in Gran Canaria
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Palmitos Park in Gran Canaria
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Palmitos Park: The Ideal Day Out for the Family

Gran Canaria is known for its sun, sea and sand, but for an adventurous day out Palmitos Park is a great choice. This bird and animal park is open all year round and offers a wide range of (exotic) animal species. Although birds play the leading role, there are also many other animals and plants to admire

Breathtaking Views and Exotic Animals

As it is located in the mountains, you always have a nice view of the surroundings from every vantage point. Originally started as a bird park, Palmitos Park has grown over the years into an exotic park. There is an amphitheatre, a dolphinarium, exotic and native birds, and certainly not forgetting the exotic plants such as orchids and cacti.

The park offers beautiful views of the surrounding area from various vantage points. Originally started as a bird park, Palmitos Park has now grown into a versatile exotic park. Visit the amphitheater, the dolphinarium, and discover a variety of birds, plants and animals.

It wouldn’t be Gran Canaria if it lacked the aloe vera plant. A map of the park can be downloaded in pdf here. More info on Palmitos Park can be found on its website ( German, English and Spanish ) and Facebook

Spectacular Birds of Prey in the Amphitheatre

Every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. falconers demonstrate the impressive aerial acrobatics of eagles, falcons and owls. These birds of prey sometimes speed past at speeds of up to 230 km/h. The amphitheater, located at the highest point of the park, also offers beautiful panoramic views.

Did you know?… The Caracara usually floats in circles, often comes down to land and walks more than other birds of prey. They teach you all their skills in the daily bird of prey shows
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Did you know?… The Caracara usually floats in circles, often comes down to land and walks more than other birds of prey. They teach you all their skills in the daily bird of prey shows
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Children enjoy the parrot shows, where cockatoos and parrots perform their tricks. During the performances, you will learn more about their intelligence and behaviour. Don’t miss the“Rainbow” show, in which colourful birds such as marabous and cranes fly over the park around 3.30pm.

The Botanical Garden of Palmitos Park

Palmitos Park is also famous for its extensive collection of native and exotic plants. The botanical garden, with its ponds and waterfalls, is home to flamingos, ibises and spatulas, among others. Bird watchers can enjoy the beautiful aviary with lorises, toucans, pelicans and ostriches. Be sure to take a look at this fantastic cactus garden! Hundreds of different species, some over 4 meters high

Exotic plants like these cacti
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Exotic plants like these cacti
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Botaical garden in Gran Canaria
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Botaical garden in Gran Canaria
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Tropical Fish and Fascinating Reptiles

The park has a varied aquarium with both freshwater and saltwater zones. Admire poisonous fish such as the scorpionfish and the clownfish. Immerse yourself in an explosion of colors and sounds in this new freshwater fish section

Then again, the caiman and turtles from warm California will make you shiver and dream. In the reptile zone, you will see lizards from all over the world, including the impressive komodo dragon, which can reach a weight of 90 kg and originates from Indonesia, and the indigenous giant salamander, also found in Gran Canaria’s wilderness. Read more below the photos

Admire tropical fish in Palmitos Park
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Admire tropical fish in Palmitos Park
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Reptiles and Lizards in Palmitos Park (Gran Canaria)
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Reptiles and Lizards in Palmitos Park (Gran Canaria)
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Iguanas and Turtles in Gran Canaria
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Iguanas and Turtles in Gran Canaria
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In the new reptile facility you can admire the rhino iguana, yellow-footed tortoises, red-footed tortoises and black-eyed tortoises up close. Did you know that the neck is disproportionately long, even for such a large animal? This is useful for the turtle to reach the low branches of trees, up to almost a meter high from the ground. Don’t miss this natural spectacle!

Orchids and Butterflies in Abundance

You have them in the living room at home, they are also in the “House of the Orchids“. Palmitos Park is a park that has a great love for nature. This collection of orchids is the largest in Gran Canaria. Dozens of species of orchids from exotic regions and Australia will spoil you with their beautiful colors and shapes. Did you know that an orchid can live between 50 and 70 years with proper care?

Exotic Plants and Butterflies in Palmitos Park (Gran Canaria)
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Exotic Plants and Butterflies (Gran Canaria)
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Other plants that can also reach a high age are cacti. You can admire cacti up to 4 meters high in the “Cactus Garden“. Cacti can store water and survive for a very long time in very dry areas. Did you know that the function of the cactus’ spines is to protect against animals and to lower the temperature on very hot days.

The butterfly garden or “House of Butterflies” is the largest in Europe where butterflies fly around freely. Hundreds of species of butterflies flutter past your ears in a beautiful array of colors. As a visitor you quickly become fascinated by the beauty, color and cheerfulness of these butterflies. The life cycle from cocoon to butterfly is described and shown in detail here.

Primates and Other Interesting Animals

Who doesn’t love watching our likenesses on Primates Island. Gibbons and orang-utans welcome you. Watch their swinging movements in the trees. Your children are sure to have fun with the monkey cures. Talapoins are the smallest species of monkeys in the world. Palmitos Park is lucky to have a Northern Talapoin pair and a Southern Talapoin male from an illegal network from Portugal.

Gibbons are happy to welcome you to Palmitos Park (Gran Canaria)
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Gibbons are happy to welcome you to Palmitos Park (Gran Canaria)
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Belonging to the raccoon family, the Aardvarks with their ringed tail are definitely worth seeing. Aardvarks have a large snout with which they smell their food such as fruits, seeds, insects, fungi and small mammals.

You probably know the Australian and Tasmanian Wallabies. They are also marsupials just like Kangaroos. With a bit of luck you will notice a baby wallaby in the pouch. You regularly see them on television documentaries, the Meerkats. They like rocky, dry and sunny areas in South Africa. they feel at home on the Canary Islands. Meerkats are always on the move digging holes to spend the night. The keepers at hope to have offspring soon.

The Dolphinarium: A Highlight for Everyone in Palmitos Park

Among the exotic plants, birds and warm Gran Canaria sunshine, there are the unmissable dolphins. Every day there are 2 fantastic entertainment shows with the dolphins in the 3-pool dolphinarium. On the stands that can accommodate 1,500 visitors, you have and excellent view of the surroundings and the dolphins. There are currently 5 Tursiops truncatus dolphins or Bottlenose dolphins residing at Palmitos Park. Discover the dolphins’ arts and interactions together with their trainers.

Daily shows with dolphins at Palmitos Park dolphinarium
Daily shows with dolphins at the dolphinarium
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The Dolphin Shows are a crowd pleaser
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The Dolphin Shows are a crowd pleaser
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Have you ever dreamed of petting a dolphin or swimming together? Then now is your chance.Palmitos Park has an educational program where you can approach the dolphins directly.

It is always an unforgettable experience to come face to face with these friendly mammals and cuddle them for 30 minutes. Of course, booking in advance is recommended. The price between €60 and €150 is not cheap, but it is something you cannot experience every day. (prices subject to change)

Eating and Drinking in a Beautiful Setting

Palmitos Park is a park where you can easily spend a whole day. There is an extensive food and drink service at La Palapa restaurant and snack bars. In the park itself, you will regularly come across snack kiosks where you can have a snack. Obviously, an ice cream for the children cannot and should not be missing from the menu. While enjoying lunch or a snack on the terrace, you can enjoy the view of the valley and exotic birds in free flight. note that the restaurant is open from 12.00 to 15.30. Prices in the restaurant and snack kiosks are not exactly cheap, though.

The restaurant
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The restaurant
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A memory of Palmitos Park

As in every amusement park or zoo, Palmitos Park also has a souvenir shop or gift shop. Here you can get its unforgettable moments, so you can purchase many memories of the park in the store. Cuddly animals or toys for the children such as Orangutans, parrots, birds, snakes, iguanas and so much more will win children’s hearts.

If you have not taken any photos or video, you can purchase photos and a video on DVD in the gift shop with all the attractions and sights. In between, photos will be taken of you in the park, such as with a parrot. You can then purchase these photos without obligation as a souvenir for your home.

Practical Information and Accessibility

Palmitos Park is open all year round from 10am to 6pm. Tickets can be bought at the box office or online. Please note when buying tickets online, you should purchase them at least 1 day before your visit and print them yourself. Tickets purchased online are valid for 90 days and slightly cheaper than regular tickets. Different prices are charged. For example, there are combi tickets for sale where you have access to Palmitos Park and Aqualand Maspalomas. You can check ticket prices here.

If you drive by car, parking is free. ( map ). By car from Maspalomas to Palmitos Park is about 16 minutes’ drive. The park is located on the Barranco de Los PalmitosMaspalomas.

By public transport, you can reach by bus ( Guagua ) No 45 ( Bahia Feliz – Palmitos Park ) and bus No 70 ( Puerto Rico – Palmitos Park ).

Excursion by coach to Palmitos Park
Excursion by coach to Palmitos Park

Some tour operators organize an excursion to Palmitos Park. You can usually book this at the reception in your hotel or apartment complex. You are then bound by time. Another tip, bring your smartphone, camera or video camera and an extra battery. Don’t forget to take an extra bottle of water with you during your visit because the temperature can rise considerably in the afternoon.

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Visit Palmitos Park for an unforgettable day out full of adventure and nature!