In Spain there are many aquariums, practically all of them in maritime cities (Madrid apart). But there is one located in an inland city, Zaragoza, which is very special as it is dedicated to the world of rivers, being the largest in Europe of this style.
The Zaragoza Aquarium was built for Expo 2008, dedicated to water, and due to its great success it continued to function after the end of the exhibition and today is one of the main points of interest in the city.
Visiting the Zaragoza Aquarium is a beautiful experience, especially if you go with children, since they are the ones who enjoy these enclosures the most.
Visit the Zaragoza Aquarium
How is the Zaragoza Aquarium
As we have said before, the Zaragoza Aquarium is dedicated to rivers and in it we can find different species of 5 large rivers from each of the planet’s continents.
There is also the so-called Mundo River, a large central tank, the largest freshwater tank in the world, where species from different habitats mix, symbolizing the water where life originated.
Through its corridors, fully adapted for the disabled and baby seats, we will go through different fish tanks in which we can find more than 300 species of animals.
Most are fish although we can also see specimens of iguanas, turtles, amphibians and even some mammals such as otters that are almost at the end of the route and that are great fun for the little ones.
The rivers of the Zaragoza Aquarium
Representing Africa is the Nile River, the longest in the world, the one that runs through the most arid areas and the first of the rivers that you will visit in the aquarium.
In this area we can enjoy brightly colored fish, tilapia, Nile perch and even a large crocodile that is surprising.
The Mekong River is the representative of Asia. Surprising and unknown fish such as the gourami, the knife fish or the archer fish inhabit this area of the aquarium, as well as the spectacular silver shark (it is not a shark but it is known by this name due to its resemblance.
In addition to the fish of the Mekong River, there are also some reptiles such as the Asian tortoise or dragons.
We flew to America and arrived at the Amazon, the largest river in the world and the second longest, and where we can find more different species.
The animals that we can find in this ecosystem are as spectacular as they are dangerous, highlighting the red-bellied piranha and the yellow anaconda. We can also find turtles, alligators and even marmoset monkeys to the surprise of visitors.
Continuing the visit, you reach the Darling and Murray rivers, the representatives of Oceania, a continent as distant as it is surprising, which is why you will find species that you may never have heard of before, such as the Australian arowana.
The frogs, the water dragon or the snake-necked turtle are also surprising. And to the delight of the little ones we also find Nemo (clown fish) and Dori (surgeon fish).
Finally we arrive at the representative of Europe, which could not be otherwise than the Ebro River, the longest and mightiest in Spain and the one that passes through Zaragoza. Here we find species better known to all of us such as eels or sturgeons among the fish, and tortoises or the famous otters that we have spoken about.
You can find more information on the official website of the Zaragoza Aquarium.