The Biodiversarium

  • Arago laboratory  Banyuls
    Arago laboratory © Banyuls Rando
  • Arago laboratory  Banyuls
    Arago laboratory Arago
  • Mediterranean Garden  Banyuls
    Mediterranean Garden © D. Sorel
  • Exotic Mediterranean garden plant  Banyuls
    Exotic Mediterranean garden plant © D.Sorel
  • Aquarium Banyuls monkfish
    Aquarium - monkfish © J.Loubet UPMC
  • Fauna and flora - Mediterranean Garden  Banyuls
    Fauna and flora - Mediterranean Garden © B.Falgas UPMC

The Biodiversarium represents the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the Eastern Pyrenees combining the Banyuls-sur-Mer aquarium and the Mediterranean Garden of "Mas de la Serra".

From the top of the mountain massifs to the depths of the underwater canyons, the Eastern Pyrenees have many natural resources. Internationally recognised, these riches are preserved and highlighted in several parks and reserves: "Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes" (Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees), "Réserve Naturelle Nationale de la Forêt de la Massane" (National Nature Reserve of the Massane Forest), "Parc Naturel Marin du Golfe du Lion" (Marine Natural Park of the Gulf of Lion), "Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls" (Marine Nature Reserve Cerbère- Banyuls), etc. In this context, the Biodiversarium is an original and authentic showcase for biodiversity.

Observatoire Océanologique (Oceanographic Observatory)
Avenue du Fontaulé
Tel : +33 (0)4.68.88.73.39
Email
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Aquarium du Laboratoire Arago (Aquarium of the Arago Laboratory)

Located in Banyuls-sur-Mer for over 125 years, the Arago Laboratory contributes to the exploration and understanding of biodiversity. Its historic aquarium, marine facet of the Biodiversarium, invites you to dive out of time to explore the marine biodiversity of the Eastern Pyrenees. Exclusively dedicated to the presentation of the local fauna and marine life, it is the oldest aquarium on the French Mediterranean coast. Over 200 species of plants, marine invertebrates and fish, all from the Eastern Pyrenees are presented in fourty basins. A visit, organised like a walk along our coastline to discover the richness and diversity of our coasts.

New Aquarium - momentarily under construction - planned to open in 2017!

Avenue Fontaulé (opposite the harbour) - 66650 Banyuls sur Mer

Opening hours: open all year long, every day from 10am to 12.30am and from 2pm to 6pm. Closed on 25th December and 1st January.

Rates:

Adults: € 5
Children (3 -12 years): € 2.50 (€ 2 group rate)
Group visits upon reservation

Combined ticket Aquarium / Mediterranean garden:
Adults: € 7.50
Children (3-12 years): € 4 (€ 3 group rate)
Free for children under 3 years

Jardin Méditerranéen du Mas de la Serra (Mediterranean Garden of "Mas de la Serra")

This 3-hectare park, located on the heights of Banyuls sur Mer, promises you a pleasant moment of relaxation and discovery. Suspended above the Baillaury Valley, it offers an original circuit and an exceptional view on the Banyuls back country. On its terraces and paths, you will admire more than 300 local plant species or from regions subject to Mediterranean climate. In the exhibition spaces, photos, videos and insect collections complete the visit of the garden. For families, a scavenger hunt is available for children from 6 to 12 years.

Mas Reig - 66650 Banyuls sur Mer

Opening hours:

Low season (October to March): open to groups upon reservation only.
Mid season (April, May, June and September): open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
High season (July and August): open daily from 10am to 12am and from 2pm to 6pm.

Rates: 

Adults: € 5
Children (3-12 years): € 2.50 (€ 2 group rate)
Group visits upon reservation

Combined ticket Aquarium / Mediterranean garden:
Adults: € 7.50
Children (3-12 years): € 4 (€ 3 group rate)
Free for children under 3 years
Reduced rates for groups of 10 people and for students, disabled and unemployed on presentation of proof.

 

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