Paphos ZOO, Cyprus

Paphos ZOO, Cyprus

Paphos ZOO is just around the corner from where I live and despite visiting a few times, I have been a little hesitant adding it to the blog.

I always have mixed feelings going there, mainly due to the limited space some of the animals have in here and I feel a little guilty paying money to see them that way. I’ve seen pretty impressive ZOOs in different countries where the animals are free to roam around and they are afforded a lot more freedom (well at least considering the place where the live). So keep that in mind when you visit, if you’ve been in very big ZOOs before you might be disappointed visiting this one.

Having said that, before I doom the whole thing it’s best if you form your own opinion. I visited on a gorgeous February Saturday, it was the first very warm weekend after the rainy season took a little break and let us enjoy the outdoors again.

The ZOO is short drive away from Coral Bay and is open all year around. We paid around 30 eur for a family of three (with a discount for local residents) and ventured around. The ZOO used to be a bird park, so you will see lots and lots of different birds. They have a parrot show three times a day, first session at noon. There is also a large playground with a small refreshment stall next to it and a restaurant close to the entrance. The food in the restaurant is pretty basic and I would compare it to food you normally get in the touristy restaurants in Paphos harbour. We went for a sandwich with salad and were not dissapointed.

The ZOO is home to the usual animals you would find elsewhere, plus some local ones like goats, cows and sheep. There is a small enclosure with snakes and spiders and currently it looks like they are adding a bear to their growing animal family. If you’re coming with kids, the ZOO is a great place to spend an afternoon or even a whole day.

So what do you think? Have you been here before? What is your verdict?

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