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Aquarium, Laboratoire Arago

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Address: avenue du Fontaule, 66650 Banyuls-sur-mer, France
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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... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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 show, without much imagination, the various types of marine life from the Marine Park of... More 

Thank Trausse
Lausanne, Switzerland
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
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 well kept.

Thank aa27
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
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112 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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
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4 reviews
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
Norwich, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 than this because when we'd almost finished looking round they started feeding the fish, so... More 

Thank Mel H
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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
Port-Vendres, France
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 lot of information. One dirty, smelly toilet for all to use. Came away feeling very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 and plants. The signs are in several languages and the staff very friendly and welcoming.... More 

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Chapel-en-le-Frith, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We really enjoyed this very interesting aquarium and our visit lasted nearer an hour than 10 minutes. If you take the time to look carefully in each tank there are many interesting and unusual creatures there. There are labels in several languages, explaining about the creatures and their importance to the area and the general environment. Yes, the tanks are... More 

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