Selwo Aventura brings a bit of Africa to Spain’s Costa del Sol. A departure from a typical zoo, this wild animal park—the largest in Spain—houses animals in naturalistic habitats. Among the park’s residents are lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, gazelle, elephants, monkeys, and several bird species in Europe’s largest aviary.
Visitors to Selwo can choose between a standard single-day admission ticket or a Flexi-ticket, which permits a visit on any one day during a seven-day period. Regular zookeeper-led programs will allow you to get to know the animals and their characteristic behaviors. For an added fee, open-air safaris, a zip line, an archery course, a trampoline jump, and a network of hanging bridges offer adventure opportunities.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Selwo Aventura makes for a great day trip for families visiting the Costa del Sol.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes—the park is quite large.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach the park is driving along the A7 highway. The park is located 14 miles (23 km) west of Marbella and 50 miles (81 km) southwest of Málaga.
When to Get There
Although the park is open year-round, hours vary by season, so check the calendar before your visit.
Selwo Conservation Projects
As a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Selwo Aventura participates in several programs aimed at breeding endangered species in captivity, including the Iberian lynx and Asian elephants.