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Aquarium, Laboratoire Arago - CLOSED

Avenue du Fontaule, 66650 Banyuls-sur-mer, France
+33 4 68 88 73 39
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Old aquarium closed dec 2016! New aquarium (opposite) visit by apointment only!

We had read about the aquarium in a guide book and also had a tourist leaflet for the aquarium... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
John B
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Oxford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Rather dated

Highly commended by guide books etc this Aquarium has rather passed its sell by date. Perhaps the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Trausse
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Lancashire,UK
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good25%
  • Average31%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible11%
3 Jul 2017
“Old aquarium closed dec 2016! New aquarium (opposite) visit by apointment only!”
2 Oct 2016
“Rather dated”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Avenue du Fontaule, 66650 Banyuls-sur-mer, France
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+33 4 68 88 73 39
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We had read about the aquarium in a guide book and also had a tourist leaflet for the aquarium saying it was open 7 days a week from 10:00. So off we set. In Banyules sur mer we found a sign "biodiversarium- visit aquarium" pointing...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Highly commended by guide books etc this Aquarium has rather passed its sell by date. Perhaps the origins - founded 1881 by Henri du Lacaze-Duthiers - have been perpetuated but the Sorbonne could have modernised the displays during the last forty years! However the exhibits...More

Thank Trausse
Reviewed 24 July 2016

we were the only visitors just before noon, and actually enjoyed the view especially of the sea horses and of the octopus, in full activity. A good variety of fishes and shells. It's true the fish tanks are not very big, but still clean and...More

Thank aa27
Reviewed 25 June 2016

We have been to Banyuls many times but never visited here. As the new aquarium will open next year thought we had rectify this. Yes it is old but very interesting. A great insight to what is beneath the sea in this area

Thank Jan H
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Fascinating, atmospheric and genuine aquarium which makes very little concession to tourists and feels like a proper research facility. Lovely local and Mediterranean specimens, hypnotic displays, cool and shady. Beautiful!

Thank vigonose
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Very friendly staff, but this series of tanks (about 30 small ones) in one loop, looked as though it was unchanged in twenty years and held little to keep the attention of our small folks.

Thank Cormac Ó
Reviewed 1 August 2015

We enjoyed our trip to the aquarium. It was a dull, chilly morning so we wanted something indoors. As we entered there was a sign saying it would take about 40 mins to look round and this was about right. We took a little longer...More

Thank Mel H
Reviewed 13 September 2014

Passed an hour and was quite good but is quite old and needs modernising.tThe price was reasonable and included a visit to the Mediterranean gardens a couple of kilometres out of town.

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We arrived at 12.30 in the month of August to find this seaside resort tourist attraction(?) closed for lunch! One room of small tanks, and difficult to see if anyone else was in front. Although the signs were in several languages, there was not a...More

1  Thank FourBrownedOff
Reviewed 15 August 2014

If you are expecting a large, modern and state of the art aquarium as found in large resorts then this is not for you. What you will find is a small, charming and wonderfully old fashioned room full of tanks with some amazing sea creatures...More

1  Thank Pimlico4A
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