In the heart of Biarritz, facing the Rocher de la Vierge, the Biarritz Aquarium, in the Art Deco building of the 1930s, invites the public to discover around fifty aquariums. This aquarium was one of the first oceanographic institutes in France, since it was the visionary Marquis Léopold de Folin who had the idea at the end of the 19th century. Opened to the public in 1933, then having undergone numerous waves of renovation with a grandiose extension from 3,500 m² to 7,000 m² in 2011, the Biarritz Aquarium offers an original visit of the seabed. Every year, more than 300,000 visitors come to marvel at the beauty of the oceans and their inhabitants. The visit begins in front of the basins of the Bay of Biscay: jellyfish, octopus, seahorses... to discover the species that inhabit the Atlantic coast. After a dive into the cetacean gallery and the history of fishing in the Basque Country, you enter the turtle cave for a surprising face-to-face encounter with several specimens including Alice the Loggerhead Turtle... Stop in front of the seal basin, the darlings of the Aquarium! The seal meal is a highlight of the visit where young and old alike enjoy watching them play and swallow kilos of mackerel, every day at 10:30 am and 5 pm. Then find the mangrove swamp, as well as an 11-metre-long coral reef! Fish with original colours and improbable shapes fly before your eyes! Finally, take the time to admire all the residents of the giant aquarium of 1.5 million litres of water where 7 species of sharks, barracudas, rays and the Napoleon fish evolve. A breathtaking show! During school holidays, activities are offered to visitors throughout the day.
Open all year round from 9:30 am to 7 pm. Nocturnes until 10pm in summer. More information on www.aquariumbiarritz.com. Facebook and Instagram @aquariumbiarritz. Individual tickets: adult: 15 €, reduced rate (student, teenager, job seeker, disabled person): 13 €, child (4 to 12 years old): 11 €, free - 4 years old. Combined Aquarium + Cité de l'Océan ticket: adult: €24, reduced rate (student, teenager, job seeker, disabled person): €20, child (6 to 12 years old): €16. Activities during the school holidays included in the entrance ticket. Guided tours by reservation only. Tourism Quality Label. Air conditioning. Catering on site. Shop.
The Aquarium of Biarritz
Right in the centre of Biarritz, facing the Virgin's Rock, the Aquarium of Biarritz opens its doors to you for an original discovery of the seabed.
About 50 aquariums are waiting for you!
You start your visit in front of the aquariums of the Bay of Biscay: jellyfish, octopus, seahorses... Discover the species that populate the Atlantic coast!
After a dive in the cetacean gallery and the history of fishing in the Basque Country, you enter the turtle cave for a surprising face to face encounter...
Highlight of the visit: at 10:30 am and 5 pm every day, attend the seal meal!
Then find the mangrove and a coral reef of 11m long! Fish with original colours and unlikely shapes twirl before your eyes.
The giant aquarium of 1.5 million litres of water where 7 species of sharks live is a breathtaking sight!
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