Bears & Sharks
To discover the rich diversity of the local fauna in the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, don’t miss out on these zoos and aquariums!
L’aquarium de Canet-en-Roussillon
350 species, including a huge white shark, from five continents in 54 basins.
2, boulevard de la Jetée, Canet-en-Roussillon, T. 04 68 80 49 64, www.aquarium-canet.com
Biodiversarium (Aquarium du Laboratoire Arago)
Opened in 1885, the oldest aquarium of the French mediterranean coast gives close-up insights into the fauna and flora of the Réserve Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls. The visit of its 200 species is set up like a walk along the shore. Construction of a new biodiversarium is scheduled to start in 2015!
Avenue du Fontaulé, Banyuls-sur-Mer, T. 04 68 88 73 39, www.biodiversarium.fr
Ferme découverte de Saint-André
300 animals are to discover on the three hectorares of the educational farm set up in 1993 by the Biluard family, including typical beast like mules, goats and ducks. Children love the pony rides, adults to discover the veggie garden.
Route de Taxo d’Amont, Saint-André, T. 04 68 89 16 39, www.ferme-de-decouverte.fr
Parc Animalier des Angles
At the Carlit mountain range, this private sanctuary features typical Pyrenees mountain animals in their unspoilt natural environment in an altitude of 1700 – 1800 metres above sea level: deer, wolves, moufflons, bears, bisons, and marmots. If you love hiking, head to the source of the Aude river.
Le pla del Mir, BP 10, Les Angles, T. 04 68 04 17 20, www.faune-pyreneenne.fr
Parc Animalier de Casteil
At the foot of the famous Catalan mountain Canigou, Dominique Cases and his family sacrified theirs lives to wild animals from all corners of the world. To discover them, the paths for exploring all animals in the 20 hectares large zoo add up to a length of 3,5 km.
Rue du Cady, Casteil, T. 04 68 05 67 54, www.parcanimaliercasteil.com
Réserve Africaine de Sigean
Founded in 1974, the safari park with more than 3,800 animals on 300 hectares in the Roussillon’s Longleat – with one exception: The castle (Salses) is not park of the park. To visit, hop into your car or walk it on foot for roundabout three hourse.
19, Chemin Hameau du Lac, 11130 Sigean, T. 04 68 48 20 20, www.reserveafricainesigean.fr
Tropique du Papillon
300 butterflies from the world’s tropical regions in Australia, Asia, Africa and America – discover their fascinating life cycle from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis (or pupa) and finally colourful adult.
RN 114 , Elne, T. 04 68 37 83 77, www.tropique-du-papillon.com
Vallée des Tortues
30 different species of tortoise from all over the world, 500 animals in total, are presented in the park. Several species of tortoise are still present in the wild in the Pyrenees, such as the Hermann tortoise or the Leprous Pond tortoise. Did you know that fossilised remains of giant prehistoric tortoises have been excavated here, too? Found at Serrat d’en Vaquer, it has been named „testudo perpiniana“.
Avenue de la Vallée Heureuse, Sorède, T. 04 68 95 50 50, www.lavalleedestortues.fr
Amusements and Water Parks
Waterpark with 13 breath-taking water slides and wet attractions.
Mas des capellans, St-Cyprien, T. 04.68.21.49.49, www.aqualand.fr/saint-cyprien
Frenzy Palace Water Jump
Two sets of slides on either side of a large water hole.
Les Rôtes, Torreilles, T. 07 87 24 92 87
Ropes courses, jump air-bag (3.5 m and 7 m), and climbing