Le Village des Tortues

Le Village des Tortues, Carnoules: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Le Village des Tortues Reviews: 4.5/5

Le Village des Tortues
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 AM
About
The Village des Tortues is a conservation center for tortoises and freshturtles opened to the public. Here you will discover more than 1500 turtles from all around the World with a highly educational content. Your entrance fee will contribute to the conservation of the endangered Hermann’s tortoise, native from France. A great visit for you and all your family, in a wonderful natural landscape.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Simon M
Cambridge, UK229 contributions
Better than ever! Highly informative and very well organised.
Apr 2019 • Couples
Just made our fourth trip: first two were to the former location at Gonfaron, third a couple of years ago following the move, when the set up looked like someone had moved house, which they had. Now we've visited anew and it's just fantastic. Here you have tortoises and turtles that have been rescued, offered sanctuary, or are being conserved. They are in a natural environment but constrained (obviously) in quite large enclosures. You will see many species and learn much if you read through the many highly informative panels. The Herman tortoise is pride of place here for obvious reasons because it is native to the Massif des Maures. There are many of them at all stages, including newly hatched. This is not a zoo. It is a highly professional conservation and rescue centre, with links overseas to Senegal and elsewhere. School groups are here to learn and discover. There are picnic tables and a cafe serving snack food and drinks. Car park is free and adequate. Toilets very good. Very good boutique. Suitable for all ages from about 4+, and very informative from 8+. Mobility access will be limited for some by gravelly pathways and unfriendly surface in the car park (it is not sealed). There is plenty of shade under mature trees. In a lovely nature conservation situation.
Written April 22, 2019
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Scott Thompson
Bedford, UK55 contributions
High entry fee
Apr 2019 • Family
Lots of turtles to see. As there should be for the king's ransom of an entry fee. The kids enjoyed seeing all 4 different types of shelled amphibian. And I enjoyed leaving so I could have a red wine.
Written April 12, 2019
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GrimbofromRTW
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK52 contributions
First visit since the move
Oct 2018 • Family
Village des tortues is one of the most visited places in the Var. The new site (near a local road) is not as magical as the old site but is bigger and on balance better. There is more space for the animals and the new buildings work well as they blend into rather than dominate the site.

Kids have been (12 and 15!) have been coming here for years but still loved it wheezing mating tortoises included!

Read the directions on the website carefully as all signs to the place keep disappearing (they must be doing a good job).

Probably the only way you will see one of the native tortoises...
Written October 29, 2018
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Meowy24
Guildford, UK143 contributions
Glorious fun with tonnes of turtles!
Oct 2018 • Couples
We found a leaflet for this place in our hotel reception and decided to add it to our plans.
We were very impressed with the service, village layout and most of all the volume of turtles who were all very friendly and happily roaming about their spacious enclosures. A great couple of hours for those who a fans of reptiles.
Written October 1, 2018
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Michael Duve
Berlin, Germany153 contributions
Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
Sep 2018 • Couples
This was awesome. We arrived at 10:15 am just after feeding time (no feeding on wednesdays). All turtles were having breakfast and were very active and visible. There is a lot to see, especially if you stay and enjoy the behaviour of them. We had a tour in German later on, which was awesome! The guide (a female „doctor“) showed us 1.5 HOURS all which there is to know about. All people we met and talked to from the staff qere helpful, hearthwarming and in love with turtles. Additionally I should mention, that we only visited France to visit this place! We were there for 5-6 hours and had a lot of fun! 1 hour we had lunch: Unfortunately they only have fries, nuggets, panini and salad.
Written September 25, 2018
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Nena V
17 contributions
Beautiful parc
Sep 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed our morning visiting this parc.
These people know how to make a statement! We learned many new things and went home with a clear view.
It was interesting to see the "hospital".
The parc is very clean and looked well maintained. The information on the boards was in French and in English and was very clear. The turtoises had good shelters and looked well cared for.
The people at the desk were friendly. There were many benches.
The only thing missing was the vendingmachines, they were out of order, and we were thirsty.
But overall a really good experience.
Written September 17, 2018
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JosieH
London115 contributions
Not as good as it used to be.
Aug 2018 • Family
We have visited the Tortoise village about 3 times, but in it's previous home in Gonfaron. Since the move we were not as impressed, the entry fee was very expensive (although we understand that it's for a good cause), however didn't feel it was good value for money. Not much shade either and it was such a hot day.
Written September 3, 2018
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Michael J
Chard, UK20 contributions
Amazing, not much left to learn.
Aug 2018 • Family
This place is great, they have so many different breeds to see. They provide information boards everywhere in French and English so you can learn.
The price of a family was 50 euro but when you think of what they do, and what you get to see it's value for money.

If you do one visit, do this, and take your time, they don't move fast!!!
Written August 29, 2018
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Kevin Peters
Rotenburg (Wumme), Germany12 contributions
Turtle or Turtoise
Jul 2018
This is an area dedicated to the protection of turtles/turtoise.

They have an exhibition with a lot of this animals from small to big. The information provided has an focus on the protection of this animals.

They provide information about the different species and how they are endangered. Some are used as pets, some are used as food and others get endangered by destruction of their habitat.

It was pretty interesting and woth the time. We spent like 2 hours there. Most information is provided in english so international guests can visit too. Some things are only in french though.

The price is high though, we paid 15 €. But knowing it was to protect this animals, I didn´t mind that much anymore.

Written July 29, 2018
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comfortnotluxury
Virginia101 contributions
Very informative, with fun hunt for turtles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Almost all of the signage is in both French and English. Guided tours offered regularly. If you are lucky you may get to see staff caring for turtles while you are there.

Each fenced area had turtles/tortoises, though sometimes we had to look carefully under the bushes and in the grass to find them. Once you spot one, you're likely to spot 5 or 6 more nearby, making it a fun activity. Also, they're very interesting -- and kind of cute -- to look at.

The turtles are not afraid of the people passing by, so they do not retreat into their shells, and you can see aspects that you would never get to see in nature. For instance, I enjoyed seeing the turtles laying out in the sun, stretching out their webbed feet for swimming! The conservation message was very clear, and the mission is noble, making me feel good about paying the entrance fee.

The cafe on site has limited but adequate lunch options.

It is very hot in the sunny areas, so wear a hat. They had a misting tent partway through.
Written July 16, 2018
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