A short visit to the medieval city of Granada in Andalucia.
Spain: Granada, Andalusia – Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park)
Avenida Ciencia s/n, 18006 Granada, Spain
T: +34 958 13 19 00
Our daughter has picked up a pamphlet at our hotel about the bio-dome at the Parque de la Ciencias in Granada and had be pushing to there ever since. On our last day in town we buckled under the pressure and decided to talk a gentle walk there (it is baking hot in Granada in the summer).
The Parque de las Ciencias (the Science Park) is huge, much more than the Biodomo, which had bought us here. The park had an indoor section with several exhibit halls dedicated to different themes, one of them being the biodomo. We had some while to wait before our timed entry to the Biodomo, so we headed into a pavilion with an interesting title; ‘WOW!’ This exhibit was dedicated to the movement of animals and had an amazingly creative display of taxidermy, the most spectacular being a pack of lions hunting zebra.
The Parque de las Ciencias (the Science Park) was huge, much more than the Biodomo, which had bought us here. The park had an indoor section with several exhibit halls dedicated to different themes, one of them being the biodomo. We had some while to wait before our timed entry to the Biodomo, so we headed into a pavilion with an interesting title; ‘WOW!’ This exhibit was dedicated to the movement of animals and had an amazingly creative display of taxidermy, the most spectacular being a pack of lions hunting zebra.
After getting to meet the stuffed creatures of ‘WOW’ our next experience was the Biodomo, with some real lives beasties. It was a small, but perfectly formed exhibit that started with marine creatures from jelly fish to sharks, and from there we were taken on a journey through an exotic jungle where we got closeup and personal with muntjac deer, ring-tailed lemurs and toucans. The display was set out in a number of small enclosures which blended into one another and created a feeling of one contiguous space.
Lemurs are shy animals and largely spend a lot of time clinging to each other and hugging trees, but on this day they had decided to venture out and explore their enclosure, using the handrails of the walkway to get around. They were very cute but I am sure would give you a nasty nip or scratch if you got too close.
The birds in the Biodomo were free to roam. A Scarlet Ibis was busy nest building, not caring about the passing visitors and the cheeky toucan had a fondness for using the handrail as a perch.
As we left the Biodomo we were treated to an impromptu performance of a passing opera singer accompanied by a pianist – it was spectacular. From here we moved outside. The raptor display was next on the schedule. The experience was very much the same as the dozens we had been to in the past, except delivered in highly animated Spanish, of which we didn’t understand a word, but that made it all the more fun! My favourites were the vultures, who because of their clipped wings (yes, that is cruel!) restricted to hopping across the ground, making them look very comical.
After a quick stop at the butterfly exhibit we headed back the cool, air-conditioned indoors. To end our visit we toured two more pavilions; one on robots and one on human anatomy. The former took us through the evolution of mechanical aid to the present state of robotic technology, which included some rather interesting looking bomb disposal vehicles and the latest advances in prosthetics. There were also a couple of not very helpful robots patrolling the floor, supposedly there to assist in finding exhibits, but they were a magnetic draw for kids and were continually being hijacked. The human anatomy exhibit was fantastic and covered everything from the cardiovascular system to bodily functions to reproduction. It was very interactive and even as adults we found it to be very educational. Being in Europe the displays we less conservative than you would find in the United States, openly showing sexual organs and child birth. Come on America! It is okay to show these very natural things; it won’t damage your children irreparably.