Description: Zoo de la Barben is a large, well-laid out zoo of more than 120 species in the grounds of Barben Chateau, with a huge variety of animals.

Location: La Barben, 13330, on the D572, 8kms east of Salon-de-Provence.

General Information: There is a huge car park and for those who’d rather not walk into the main zoo there is a land train costing around €1* per person. Open from 10.00-18.00 all year round. Costs of around  €13* for an adult and €7* for children ages from 6-12.

Website: Tel No: 0(4) 90 55 19 12.

Our recommendations: There is plenty here for a days worth of entertainment and even in peak season the place is so vast that it didn’t seem too busy. Within the main zoo there is also a large childrens play area, snack bars and back at the entrance a Vivarium (reptiles etc..) and an Oisellerie (birds). Although there are lots of opportunities to find shade the site is high up and exposed in places so take sun-bloc precautions.

For the children: Ideal for those animal-loving youngsters.

* please note that all prices are subject to change. Check the official website or contact the venue directly for actual prices

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