Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime
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Opposite the Old Harbour in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, one of the largest private aquariums in Europe invites lovers of the undersea world to get to know its 12,000 residents, who live in some 3 million litres of sea water in an area covering 8,000 m².
Audioguide in hand, for two hours you will experience a real journey under the sea, discovering the diversity of the world's oceans. You can admire many fascinating species, from clownfish to sharks, not forgetting turtles, the star attraction. You will be fascinated by the fabulous defensive powers of all this mysterious wildlife, such as camouflage, armour or poison. You can admire the wonderful ballet of the jellyfish, and wander in the exotic tropical forest where piranhas and carnivorous plants thrive.
La Rochelle Aquarium's mission is to help people discover and understand the undersea environment, but it is also a place of scientific research with its own sea turtle observation and care programme. It is committed to training and raising public awareness for the protection of the ocean environment.
Monday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Tuesday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Wednesday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Thursday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Friday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Saturday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM • Sunday: 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Located in the department of Charente-Maritime, in a very tourist area, the La Rochelle aquarium faces the Old Port of the city. Opened in 1988, it covers 8,445 m² and is home to 12,000 animals of 600 different species.
Originally built to present the fish collections of Rene Coutant, aquarium maker of the region, it was at the time of its opening the largest aquarium in France. First tourist site of the department, it develops on several zones. The Atlantic Room features 19 aquariums decorated with limestone cliffs and rich in local species, the Mediterranean Room offers fish, invertebrates and other corals from the Mediterranean Sea, the Oceanic Environment unveils the species of the African coast, and the Caribbean Room presents particular a reconstituted mangrove. It is also possible to appreciate the jellyfish space, the Indo-Pacific room and its colorful fish, the aquarium of the amphitheater, the shark aquarium, or the tropical greenhouse of 450 m².
You will also find on site a catering area for products from organic farming, as well as a souvenir shop focused on the world of the sea.