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“Pena Escrita - Zoo and Swimming Pool in the Sierra Nevada”
Review of Pena Escrita

Pena Escrita
Reviewed September 25, 2010

On our visit a couple of years ago, the road up there was not paved and the ride was pretty scary, but now the roads are paved and much better. Pena Escrita has in the meantime developed to a zoo, with all kinds of animals ( Wallabies, Hippopotamus, Monkeys etc.) with a nice pool and a little restaurant. The view from the Pool is breathtaking. Nowadays, you have to pay € 5,-- entry fee per car and € 2 Euro per Person if you want to use the pool. I think these prices are very low considering the nice location. Definately a nice destination for a daytrip!

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Reviewed June 30, 2010

was under the impression that the place had a restaurant not just a few picnic tables and a bar, staff very unfriendly when we interrupted their card game for overpriced food and drink. The manager of the "restaurant" seemed very eager to show his authority by shouting at his staff in front of us. was very uncomfortable. We paid 6o euros for a cortijo for 1 night which was dirty, had no water pressure in case you were wanting a shower which smelled of drains and was wanting to try and dry yourself on damp towels. Don't dare move in the bed as you are likely to break them by the sounds of it! The cafeteria which is also advertised was closed and the "restaurant" closed at 8pm, so from then on, there were no members of staff around the park in case you needed anything. There was also no sign at all that you HAD to drive around the park itself as nobody but an althlete could take on the all of the hills. The roads and paths are not suitable at all for anyone with children or disabled which was also not made aware. Apart from the animals, the trip was very disappointing and we would not return there.

2  Thank rata242003
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Reviewed September 4, 2008

Pena Escrita is an animal park located in one of the largest natural parks in Spain. It's not only a bit bizarre, but its truly breathtaking. Fun for any age I think- but especially if you have kids. (this is a day-trip/overnight).

The hairpin turns and steep drop off may keep some motorists from making the 45 minute journey from the coast, but I'm urging you to put that aside. (Or if you are a daredevil, you'll love the scenery as you climb further and further up)! It's located in the hills behind La Heradurra.

WHAT'S UP (literally)
At the of a mountain sits this park, complete with zebras, hippopatamus, and bears. Your first thought will surely be, 'how did they even get the animals UP HERE?" The park is free and you can drive from outpost to outpost and look at all the animals grazing with a breathtaking view of the entire coastline and mountains.

Other bits-
Bring your suit. It's one euro to swim in the olympic sized pool and after an afternoon under the hot spanish sun traipsing around, you will want to cool off. The pool itself is outdoors and so you are still looking at the Sierra Nevada mountains while you take a dip.

We've stayed at the cabins and I would highly recommend it. It's a great cheap adventure and even though I would primarily call this a 'family destination' I went there with my fiance and we had a great time (cards and some wine being essential items :))
(one negative- beds were uncomfortable)

There is one restaurant, which is outdoors and basically a shed with a bunch of picnic tables. Don't be dismayed- the food is actually really quite good, all fresh, local produce. (try the lamb)

I don't post much, but this is one well-kept secret I'm happy to share and actually felt obliged to on account of how delightful it is. :)

Buena suerte!

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