La Pinede des Singes, Labenne
amble through the magnificent 6 hectare forest park and meet some of the 150 Java macaques enjoying their freedom. The park is also home to Vietnamese pot belly pigs, ponies, goats, and an aviary with Siberian cranes, flamingos and peacocks.
15/04 to 30/09 : 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h (19h July & Aug)
Adult : 6,50 ?
Children : 3 ?
A little zoo set in 5 hectares of the Landes forest, home to 200 exotic animals and birds, including lemurs, kangaroos, llamas, parrots and aquatic birds.
05/02 to 08/04 : 14h to 18h (last entry at 17h)
09/04 to 04/09 : 10h to 19.30h (last entry at 18.30h)
05/09 to 13/11 : 14h to 18h (last entry at 17h)
The park is closed from 14th November until the 4th February
Adult (12 years and over): 9 ?
Children (3 to 12 years) : 6 ?
Children (under 3) : free
Reptilarium de Labenne, Labenne
Discover a different and fascinating place, home to more than 150 reptiles from across the 5 continents - including snakes, lizards, crocodiles, iguanas, anacondas and turtles. You will find the largest collection of crocodiles in Les Landes.
Open throughout the year : 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h30
Adult (12 years and over): 7?
Marais D'Orx, Labenne
Explore this vast nature reserve which covers over 1500 hectares. This is the last major wetland reserve protected from the Aquitaine coast, and it is on the route for many Northern European migratory birds. It is home to many reptiles, insects and mammals, as well as birds, some of which are protected.
The Reserve is open throughout the year. There is an information & exhibition lodge with parking and toilets:
01/10 - 30/03 - 9h to 12h and 14h to 17h
01/04 - 30/06 - 9h to 12h and 14h to 18h
01/07 - 30/09 - 10h to 13h and 14h to 19h
The reserve is free - although you may have to pay for a guide
Etang Noir, Seignosse
This site was made a nature reserve in 1974, and is one of the last examples of how Les Landes was before Napoleon III oversaw the drying out of the region. Walk along the duckboards though the swamp forest and soak in the peace and quiet, and be transported back to another time.
The Etang Noir is open throughout the year
It is free to visit the Etang Noir. In July/Aug, there are guided visits during the week, 3 times a day, and these cost 2,50 ? for anyone over 6.
Musee de la Mer, BiarritzMusee de la Mer, Biarritz
This aquarium can be found right on the front at Biarritz, in an original Art Deco building, dating from 1933, with beautiful views over the bays. The 4 floors display a huge variety of information, including many fish, the history of fishing techniques, sharks and seals. You can time your visit with the seal's feeding times, at 10h30 and 17h, and meet their latest arrival - Urko, who was born in February. There is also a small shop and a cafe, and you can wander around with an audio guide for more information.
All year : 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h to 18h
Feb, Christmas Holidays, weekends & May : 9h30 to 18h
Easter Holidays, June & Sept : 9h30 to 19h
July & Aug : 9h30 to midnight
Nov to March : closed on Mondays (outside school holidays)
The Aquarium is closed for the second and third weeks of January
Adult : 13 ?
Children (4 to 16) : 9,50 ?
Audio Guides (in English, German, Basque, Spanish and French) : 3 ? (will need to leave a deposit)