Visited Terra Natura on 5th.April. Cost 20 Euros.
The "Europe" theme is still under construction (No expert but is doesn't look anywhere near finished either) - Thats basically the water park & swimming with sharks/rays experience,which IMO was the idea which set it aprt from Mundoma.
Lots of the animals haven't arrived
Most of the eating places are not open
The layout is along similar lines to Terra Mittica but with animals in the place of rides.
The bus to get there has changed.. now No.20/21 from the Mediteraneo.
The old No.12 doesn`t go there & the No. 12 bus stop outside the indoor market has gone due to the construction of the underground car park.
One other thing. It says it`s next door to Terra Mitica, it is sort of, but the entrances are miles apart and it`s not really feasable to walk betwen them
We are going in 2 weeks and I just wondered if you know if you can get any discounted tickets for Terra Natura like you can for Terra Mitica?
we are next door neighbors of terra natura and were able to see how the park was built during the last 4 years....
and...finally....it's open since march 21st
since we were very curious how it looks like we went last week.
the park is really beautiful and we were never as close to animals than there...the concept is less animals with more space and we found that 99% of the animals were there now
of course the plants need some more time to grow....
just the waterpark is not finished - this is due to open in june and to us it looks like they will make it!
there you will be able to swim with sharks (no joke) and with rays....
also they say that they will have the largest wave pool (is that correct in english?) in the world.....
we put our pictures on the web: http://www.terranaturapark.com/terranatura1.htm
when in benidorm you really have to go!!!
we also think 20,- is really worth the visit and they don't give any "official" discount cards, like mundomar....
at the moment, you even get a 3,- lunch voucher per person and kids or senior pay only 15,- anyway....
Didn't do a thorough search, but everyone seemed to be advertising at 20 Euros.
We paid at the gate
20 Euros for adult
15 Euros for under 12 & pensioner
Under 3 free
Also - Got a 3 Euro per person meal discount voucher to use in the park...maybe this is to compensate for the missing facilities?
One other thing I forgot to mention....The buses that go there stop running at around 11:00 'til around 16:00 I think.....Best to check the timetable beforehand if you intend to use the bus (We took a taxi in the finish - 10 Euros one way)
If all the aminals are there then I think it will be worth going. I think we will ask for more info when we get to Benidorm.
Also is it next to the Terra Mitica theme park.
we fly out to benidorm 2 weeks today and wondered if terra natura is worth a visit our daughter loves mundamar as she loves the dolphins and last year she was able to have her photo taken with a dolphin.
any info would be gratefully excepted
If you do go get there early as by mid day the animals were all snoozing in the shade.
I won't bother going again, it is a lot of money to take your family and was not that good.
Mundomar is much better value for money.
Terra Natura is a fairly new 'Theme Park' situated just outside of Benidorm itself. However, it is basically nothing more than a glorified Zoo ( IMO ) with a bit of themeing thrown in for good measure. My first peice of advice would be that if you are a great Animal Lover then you would be better off not going there in the first place. Do not misunderstand me, I must emphasize that I saw no signs of Animal Cruelty or Neglect during my first (and LAST visit), but the animals I did see all looked very sad and forelorn. It upset me personally, but that is just my own opinion.
Anyway, the reason why I wanted to write this post is to advise you on
Transportto and from the Park. If you have not hired a car then you may be better off organising a Taxi to take you there and to pick you up at the end of the Visit at a time you can mutally agree upon. Don't forget to agree a price in advance though. There is no predetermined Taxi Rank but you should have no problems finding one, although they will not be in abundance lined up and waiting like they are at Terra Mitica and Mundomar. This could just be due to the fact that it is still a fairly new Park.
The Park is situated on a main (new) road and there is a local Bus Service. However, these buses are few and far between. When you exit the Park you have to cross over the main road ( BE CAREFUL ) to the one and only bus stop on the other side. There are no Signs or Timetables on this stop and
verylittle seating....enough for about four people. Elderly or disabled people are not catered for and may find this stop a big problem. Also there is
noshelter so this could be a problem in the height of the season as....and now here is my point....the wait for a bus can be anything up to two hours if not more. And in the heat that may be
veryuncomfortable standing around for such a long time, and I DO mean a LONG time. Unlike in the UK however, you will not find that all the buses suddenly arrive at once...you will be lucky if
Abus arrives at all!!.
By which time a
verylong queue will have formed and when a bus DOES eventually arrive there will be a mad scramble to get on board. The Spanish Authorities do not seem to have taken Public Transport into consideration when building this Park. They could have introduced a local Shuttle service or a regular service to this place, but instead they are just relying on the already 'hit and miss' service.
The Park is not really within walking distance of Benidorm itself, but it
canbe done. However, this will mean you will have to negogiate some
verybusy fast moving roads and the pavements are not continuous meaning you would have to walk right on the road for part of the journey. But taking into consideration the sheer length of time you have to wait for a bus, you could probably walk it back into Resort, but PLEASE if you do opt to walk make sure you be VERY careful and keep your eyes open at all times....you will have to crosss and criss cross several
verybusy main 'motorway' style roads with no sidewalks or pavements.
So, the moral of this story is this: If you are planning on visiting TERRA NATURA then you are best advised to
(1)Hire a Car,
(2),Book a Taxi,
(3)Book an Organised Trip with transport included with your Tour Operator...or
(4)Don't bother going in the first place (as in my humble opinion it is not worth it).....MUNDOMAR is
farsuperior if you are looking for a animal themed park place. And is MUCH easier to get to.
*EDITED FOR ATTIONAL INFO*
Please note, you may see signs advertising that Terra Natura is "right next door to Terra Mittica". Techincally speaking this is so, but the Park entrances are no where near each other and will involve a
verylong walk past the huge Car Park for Terra Mittica up a slight hill. Families with small children might find this hard going.
Discount Coupons can usually be obtained quite easily in Resort. Look out for a kind of Jeep Safari Land Rover type vehicle which is often parked up near to the Outdoor Market on Market Days. You will also see street 'vendors' in and around the Old Town handing out discounted coupons. In addition to this, depending on your time of arrival at Alicante Airport, you may find people in the Arrivals Hall handing out discounted coupons for al, of Benidorm's Theme Parks.
Unlike Terra Mittica, food CAN be taken into Terra Natura if you opt to take a 'packed lunch' available from your Hotel. There are Eating establishments within the Park but like any Theme Park of this kind they do tend to be very expensive.
If you decide to visit Terra Natura make sure you get to see the group of men who perform a kind of ceremony at the top of a very large pole and watch them 'fly' around the pole. It is quite a spectacle but make sure you have good strong sunglasses as you will be looking up into the sky for most of this 'show'.
Please Please do not have your photo taken with the baby Lion and Tiger cubs in Terra Mittica,
Cystalscan.....I was not aware that they were doing this. It must be something new now that Terra Natura is open. I think this is an appalling practice. Are they removing these tiger cubs from their mothers in Terra Natura? If they are using Tiger Cubs for 'Photo Opportunites' in Mittica, then I assume they are doing the same thing in Natura as well. Visitors to both Parks must boycott these Photographers. That is the only thing that will put them out of business. I never saw this taking place when I visited, so I assume it is a new 'venture' to generate more income.
If 'Born Free' are unable to rescue these poor creatures and put a stop to this henious practice then these animals are destined to end up in The Animal Sanctuary.
Even more reason now not to go to Terra Natura. I must emphasise once again, I personally saw no evidence of animal cruelty in either park....but I did NOT like the way the Elephants were paraded in front of an audience with a large fat Keeper sat on their backs. The elephants were allowed two minutes to bathe in the pool to get out of the heat before they were paraded around again. Did you notice that there was very little shade in the Elephant enclosure?
On the way out, I was asked to complete a survey by the staff and commented about this abhorrent, cruel money making scheme.
I have only been to Terra Mittica twice and to Terra Natura once. I must confess I saw no evidence of this horrible practice during my visits to either Park, but obviously I may have been in another area of the Park at the time. I'm glad I never saw this because I would have probably got myself into trouble by telling the photographer off.
Unfortuantely, there will be tourists from other Countries visiting these parks that do not feel as strongly about cruelty to animanls as we do in the UK and will be happy top pose with these poor creatures. So boycotting these people will have very little effect in actually stopping them. I am going to contact the Born Free people and see if I can help by way of a donation to their cause.
I do know this, all the time these people are doing this I will NOT visit these parks anymore.
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