Description: A first class aquarium (one of Europe’s best) offering a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna in the murky depths of the sea.

Location: Just outside the centre of La Rochelle, but easily accessible and sign-posted whether you arrive by car (nearby parking) or by foot/boat from the town itself. Taking the small boat across the harbour is fun.

General Information: Tel No: 0(5) 46 34 00 00 Open all year.

Our Recommendations: Allow at least 3 hours to get the most out of your visit and be aware that the Aquarium is open until 11.00pm in July and August. The restaurant is good value if you fancy breaking your visit with a bite to eat.  Arrive there early in July / August if you want to avoid the queues.

For the Children: This is a great place for children with so much to see. It is hard to pick out the most memorable bits but our children especially enjoyed the lagoon and the wonderfully coloured fish, the tropical greenhouse with water turtles wandering around and the lift that initially takes you to the start of the exhibition from which you emerge in a ‘tunnel’ of water.


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Charente Maritime: