The Grand Aquarium de Touraine!

This one is not really an update as only had a small line on it and was there briefly. However, it has grown and would be worth the detour again once in the area of Amboise. In fact, we were in Amboise seeing and buying our house wine in Limeray across the Loire river and as road warrriors well saw something else. This was the old Val de Touraine aquarium. Hope you enjoy the post as I bringing my memories back.

The old Val de Touraine aquarium now call Grand Aquarium de Touraine is at the place les Hauts Bœufs, Lussault-sur-Loire, and easy with a car arriving from Amboise, you will pass the village of Lussault and signs will indicate the direction on your left. This is of course Indre et Loire dept 37 region of Centre Val de Loire.


The Grand Aquarium de Touraine is an aquarium located between Tours and Amboise in the heart of Touraine. Located near the Loire, it is the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe with about 5,000 m2 and consists of 70 basins including a 30-meter-long freshwater tunnel housing species from the Loire river but also oceans around the world. A total of 12,000 fish are staged in two million liters of water.

The Grand Aquarium de Touraine is split into the following:

The freshwater tunnel. With its 30 meters long, it presents the species of the rivers of France. The tactile basin. A 15-meter tactile pool has been set up, where visitors can pet tame fish. The Silurium in nocturama. This presentation, unique in Europe, reverses the day / night cycle, making it possible to observe the animals in activity.  The Shark Tunnel. This 15-meter-long tunnel presents several species of sharks including bull sharks.

With families is an excellent change from the castles and wines of the Touraine area indeed. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The official Grand Touraine Aquarium webpage:

The Touraine Loire Valley regional tourist office on the aquarium:

There you go folks another dandy in my belle France and a lovely region of Centre Val de Loire. The Grand Touraine Aquarium is a nice option especially if with families. Hope you enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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