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La Rochelle hotel near Aquarium

One of the largest privately-owned aquariums in Europe

Best Western Premier Masqhotel la Rochelle

In an immense glass building that stands by the former Bassin des Chalutiers, three million litres of seawater act as the home to 12,000 animals across 600 different species in 75 tanks. Come face to face with sharks, make your way past coral, and breathe in the scents of mangroves and tropical forests.

Just 500 m from our hotel in the city centre, discover one of the largest privately-owned aquariums in Europe. Across two hours, visit the heart of the oceans, go and discover 12,000 marine animals, and be surprised by the biodiversity of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Tropics. 
From delicate jellyfish to fascinating sharks, journey to a world beneath the waves and get to know the sea better.

This establishment is in reality more than just an aquarium. It’s a place where the public can get to know and respect the species that live underwater. There are therefore numerous educational programmes in place, particularly for children. La Rochelle aquarium also undertakes considerable action to preserve marine animals and is visited by numerous researchers. It is a care and study centre for turtles, as well as a place for reproduction and breeding to preserve biodiversity. Lastly, the aquarium is also heavily involved in the protection of the environment of our seas and oceans. Thus, as well as enjoying a tour of ecological installations, you can support this institution with all its international missions.

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