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If, as we found on a recent trip to Languedoc, the weather proves a little unpredictable and you are searching for an indoor interest, there is always the Aquarium in Banyuls-Sur-Mer.


Founded in 1885 by the University of Paris, there are over 40 tanks of local specimens from seahorses (used as their logo) to Octopus.  The coastal waters of this area were the first ‘reserve marine’ to be declared in the Mediterranean due to the rich maritime life found here.

The Aquarium is run by the Marine Biology and Land Ecology department of the Sorbonne and is housed in the Laboratoire Arago, overlooking the Port.

Banyuls-sur-Mer is famous for its dessert wine which is drunk by the French as an aperitif or an after-dinner wine.  Banyuls,  a Grenache-based fortified wine that has been made since the 13th century is less syrupy and sweet than most dessert wines.