Aquarium Mare Nostrum is located in Montpellier, on the French Mediterranean coast. The second most visited tourist site in the Languedoc-Roussillon area is home to over 3500 animals of 400 species originating from all the seas and oceans around the globe. From the Mediterranean wonders to the depths of the Indian Ocean, from the South African splendors to the Atlantic Ocean and the Amazon—nothing is off limits at the Aquarium Mare Nostrum’s 33 basins.
More than just an aquarium, the museum features a sea storm and a 3D underwater exploration simulator –the only ones in Europe– as well as France’s largest covered basin in France, which is 10 meters high and 18 meters wide. The most sought-after species are, unsurprisingly, the African penguin, the coral reefs and the multicolored fishes of the southern seas.
Aquarium Mare Nostrum is open every day, from 10AM to 7PM from September to June and until 8PM in July and August. Entry costs €15.50 per adult, €10.50 per child aged 5-12 and free for children under 5. Aquarium Mare Nostrum is located outside the city center in south-western Montpellier; it is accessible by tram via line 1 (stop "Place de France") or by car via routes A10 and exit 29. Aquarium Mare Nostrum is also home to a 55-seat restaurant, set in a highly photogenic tropical forest.