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“Best thing to do on a rainy day in Biarritz!”

Aquarium de Biarritz
Ranked #9 of 64 things to do in Biarritz
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We went to Biarritz for a short summer break but the weather was terrible for the entire 3 days. We braved the rain and wind to walk down to the aquarium and spent a couple of hours there. It's a nice place, easy to get around and interesting displays. We particularly liked the old photographs as the aquarium is now 80 years old. The original building has beautiful Art Deco features and the modern extension has been built in a complementary way. The tanks are all clean which was nice to see and the shark tank is quite impressive.

Thank Katie W
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Very fun and has lots of variety. It is also in a great location so there are other things to do around there afterwards

Thank Payton K
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

A really great museum although fairly expensive. I was really impressed at the amount they've managed to put in place there, some of the pools are incredible. Catered (unsurprisingly) for french linguists since most of the writing of the displays is only in french.

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Didn't plan on going to this aquarium at first, but decided to go in as the little one was awake. We were not disappointed, on the contrary, had a wonderful time! Lots of variety, with a little terrace with foques right next to you. Situated right in front of the Rocher de la Vierge, I highly recommend this visit if you have little ones.

1  Thank Alice S
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This place was firmly on my list of places to visit during my holiday in Biarritz. It cost €13 for entrance, completely worth it! Many different floors, organised into what kind of sea life lives there. Amazing full length skeleton of a whale, swimming alongside some dolphins. The roof terrace is fantastic, with the terrific view and the really cute seal pool. Of all the aquariums I've been to, the seals here are definitely the friendliest- they swim right up to the submerged windows, and come and have a nosey on the roof terrace. They must be very well looked after! The shark tank was great, could have spent hours sitting in the tunnel or in front of one of the many large windows! It wasn't overly busy- probably because it was October, not really tourist season. The lifts were a little confusing, there are more than one and it is easy to forget which one/ which floor you are on, it would probably be easier to navigate the aquarium by the stairs, but we had my friend's elderly Grandmother with us, and her young niece- asleep in her pram the entire time! She would have been thrilled if only she'd been awake! The panorama of the atlantic ocean and the bay on the roof terrace is worth ten times the entrance fee alone, never mind all the thrilling things inside!! The only downside is the gift shop- I had hoped to bring home some cute little souvenirs for some younger family members, but it is incredibly expensive, very limited in choice! It confused me somewhat that it was selling local designer leather bags- priced at over €1000 each!- as most visitors would not come for the 'exclusive shopping experience' . I wanted a car keyring, not something a bag that cost as much as my car! However, this is but a minor, puzzling detail. Altogether, the experience was AMAZING. I urge any holidaymakers in Biarritz to plan a visit!

3  Thank Henri K
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