Zoo Santo Inácio
Flights      Hotels      Car Hire    Tours        


Zoo Santo Inácio is the largest and greenest zoo in Northern Portugal, ideally located only ten minutes away from Porto in Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia. The zoo houses more than 600 animals, across 200 species, in 15 hectares of spacious and green habitats. Visitors can attend demonstrations (such as feeding sessions) showcasing the natural behaviour of certain animals. The zoo also has a restaurant, three bars, a picnic area and a shop where you can buy gifts.


Zoo Santo Inácio

Zoo Santo Inácio first opened in 2000 and has become one of the major family attractions in Northern Portugal. As well as being an entertainment venue Zoo Santo Inácio other concern is the awareness of wildlife protection and animal welfare. Zoo Santo Inácio is internationally renowned for quality and is one of the few Portuguese Zoos which participates with EAZA (European Aquarium and Zoo Association) in European programmes of preservation for endangered species who live at the zoo, such as: Asiatic lions, snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, cheetahs, camels, pygmy hippos, Siberian tigers and more.

In 2014, the Zoo Santo Inácio became part of the Thoiry Group, which seeks to strengthen the movement for the conservation of nature. For that reason all animals live in environments which matches, as close as possible, their natural habitat. Enjoy a comfortable lunch at the Restaurante do Zoo, at Bar do Lago, or at Bar da Savana, in a natural and relaxing environment!

Yellow Bus Tour


Asian Lion Tunnel

Don't miss the Lion Tunnel, a new and amazing experience! A special glass structure allows you to enter the habitat of one of the rarest felines in the world. It's impossible to get closer to the asian lion. Come and try this fascinating adventure!

African Savannah

Come share the emotions of wildlife and visit the renewed African savannah! Observe, closely, giraffes, rhinos, wildebeest, zebras, ostriches and other species that live here, replicating the true day of a savannah in Africa!

Reptile House

The Reptile House hosts more than 50 species of Reptiles and Amphibians in environments designed in order to recreate the conditions of the original habitats. Do not miss this fascinating adventure, and observe the longest snake in the world - the reticulated python, threatened tomato frogs, among many other species.


This magnificent place, with more than 40 species, as an important mission, to show this amazing animals and the importance of their roll in the ecosystem. Hairy Tarantulas, intriguing Scorpions, insects camouflaged in the habitat, giant Snails, numerous species of Beetles and Cockroaches among many other representatives of the world of invertebrates, await your visit!

Tropical World

Wander through the dense vegetation and observe the various species that live in this fantastic habitat. Lemurs and Bats are just some of the animals that wander freely in exotic Tropical World. Get in touch with the different colours and fantastic sounds of nature! Download Map

Summer: 10h00 - 19h00, Winter: 10h00 - 17h00
Under 2 Years: FREE, 3-12 Years: €11.90, 13-64 Years: €17.90, OAP: €15.90, Family of 4: €52.90

Zoo Santo Inácio
Zoo Santo Inácio

Getting There

General Torres (Linha de Aveiro - urban) Go to Avenida da Républica in Gaia. Next to El Corte Inglês take the MGC bus to Quinta das Oliveiras. | Train Timetable | CP Website

Bus:MGC | Timetable | STCP Website

Metro: São Bento (Line D) João de Deus station. Next to El Corte Inglês, take the MGC bus to “Quinta das Oliveiras”. | Timetable | Metro do Porto Website

Get Your Porto Card

Contact Details
4503 Rua 5 de Outubro, 4430-809 Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. | 41º 05' 47.9" N | 08º 32' 17.1" W
+351 227 878 500 | info@zoosantoinacio.com |  Website