• A unique and authentic site

    The Tregastel Marine Aquarium nets in pink granit caves

  • A unique and authentic site

    The Tregastel Marine Aquarium nets in pink granit caves

du 01.07.2016 au 30.06.2017

Exposition "La Coquille Saint-Jacques"

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Presentation

Welcome to a magical place

The History

50 meters away from the very beautiful beach of Coz-Pors, you will walk under a gigantic maze of pink granite.

The zones

The circles of life of the Breton submarine species are recreated in three different universes.

Practical information

All practical information to prepare your visit

The history

The Tregastel Marine Aquarium nests in pink granite caves and presents Breton marine life living in three different zones defined by the height of the tide: the Sea-Spray Zone, the Tidal Zone and the Sub-littoral Zone. In turn, chapel, Second World War ammunition depot, habitation, the Marine Aquarium will surprise the visitor wandering among the impressive natural blocks of pink granite.

According to geologists, the pink granite was formed 300 million years ago. It slowly cooled in the sub-stratum, which would explain its coarse-grained structure (mica, grey quartz, feldspars).

In our region, the distinctive rounded lumps of granite are the result of fissures which cut the rock into parallelepipeds. Water infiltrated into these fissures and little by little altered the rock forming the granite arenas. At the end of several millions of years of erosion due to the effects of sea-spray, rain and the sea, the edges of the parallelepipeds became rounded.

The granite arenas disintegrated into sand, forming the sandy beaches and rounded granite rocks.

The zones

Situated above the high-tide water mark, this zone is extremely unfriendly to both fauna and flora. Only a few species have managed to adapt to these extreme conditions: the rain, wind and salt prevent any terrestrial plant from living here. It is the world of the lichens, organisms half-way between algae and fungi, the world of animals capable of moving around.
This open-air zone allows children and adults alike to get to know the first animals of the Aquarium in the outside tank. Maritime plants which grow along the seashore embellish the visit.

Numerous fauna and flora species are found in this “seesaw” intertidal zone which is covered and uncovered by the sea twice every day. To survive here, the fauna and flora have developed clever survival tactics which only nature could imagine.

The sub-littoral zone is the ultimate step in the exploration of life in the depths of the sea around the Breton coast. Living creatures are no longer subject to tidal movements but they have to face another problem which is just as important: the lack of lights!

This is the kingdom of the invertebrates (anemones, sponges, corals, gorgonian) and big fish (dogfish, rays, conger eels). These fascinating, surprising creatures can be seen in several of the landscaped tanks designed by an architect. The biggest tank holds 50,000 liters of water!

Practical information

A sheltered picnic area with tables is available on the site and the car park adjacent to the aquarium is free, so you can take your time on your visit

Whether you are looking for a souvenir of your visit or a gift for a friend or family member, you'll find it at our gift shop.

Don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly members of staff for help. There is a wide range of items available, including t-shirts, posters, marine cosmetics, cuddly toys, decorative items, books on Brittany's rich marine life and, for the foodies among you, a recipe book. There's something for everyone!

The aquarium has arrangements to facilitate disabled access; although located on a site among steep rocks, a stair platform lift is provided to enable you to get to the top of the outdoor steps and continue your visit.

We are currently experiencing technical problems with the equipment which enables disabled access to the Aquarium rooms. Please contact us by telephone or email before your visit

 

Click here to contact us with any questions about your visitClick here to contact us with any questions about your visit

Would you like to arrange an exceptional event in a magical setting? Hire the aquarium for an evening!

Complete and return this form

It is also possible to book a room to seat 35 for cocktail receptions, meetings or press briefings

Complete and return this form

 

or contact us directlyor contact us directly

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Welcome to a magical place

The History

50 meters away from the very beautiful beach of Coz-Pors, you will walk under a gigantic maze of pink granite.

The zones

The circles of life of the Breton submarine species are recreated in three different universes.

Practical information

All practical information to prepare your visit

The history

The Tregastel Marine Aquarium nests in pink granite caves and presents Breton marine life living in three different zones defined by the height of the tide: the Sea-Spray Zone, the Tidal Zone and the Sub-littoral Zone. In turn, chapel, Second World War ammunition depot, habitation, the Marine Aquarium will surprise the visitor wandering among the impressive natural blocks of pink granite.

According to geologists, the pink granite was formed 300 million years ago. It slowly cooled in the sub-stratum, which would explain its coarse-grained structure (mica, grey quartz, feldspars).

In our region, the distinctive rounded lumps of granite are the result of fissures which cut the rock into parallelepipeds. Water infiltrated into these fissures and little by little altered the rock forming the granite arenas. At the end of several millions of years of erosion due to the effects of sea-spray, rain and the sea, the edges of the parallelepipeds became rounded.

The granite arenas disintegrated into sand, forming the sandy beaches and rounded granite rocks.

The zones

Situated above the high-tide water mark, this zone is extremely unfriendly to both fauna and flora. Only a few species have managed to adapt to these extreme conditions: the rain, wind and salt prevent any terrestrial plant from living here. It is the world of the lichens, organisms half-way between algae and fungi, the world of animals capable of moving around.
This open-air zone allows children and adults alike to get to know the first animals of the Aquarium in the outside tank. Maritime plants which grow along the seashore embellish the visit.

Numerous fauna and flora species are found in this “seesaw” intertidal zone which is covered and uncovered by the sea twice every day. To survive here, the fauna and flora have developed clever survival tactics which only nature could imagine.

The sub-littoral zone is the ultimate step in the exploration of life in the depths of the sea around the Breton coast. Living creatures are no longer subject to tidal movements but they have to face another problem which is just as important: the lack of lights!

This is the kingdom of the invertebrates (anemones, sponges, corals, gorgonian) and big fish (dogfish, rays, conger eels). These fascinating, surprising creatures can be seen in several of the landscaped tanks designed by an architect. The biggest tank holds 50,000 liters of water!

Practical information

A sheltered picnic area with tables is available on the site and the car park adjacent to the aquarium is free, so you can take your time on your visit

Whether you are looking for a souvenir of your visit or a gift for a friend or family member, you'll find it at our gift shop.

Don't hesitate to ask one of our friendly members of staff for help. There is a wide range of items available, including t-shirts, posters, marine cosmetics, cuddly toys, decorative items, books on Brittany's rich marine life and, for the foodies among you, a recipe book. There's something for everyone!

The aquarium has arrangements to facilitate disabled access; although located on a site among steep rocks, a stair platform lift is provided to enable you to get to the top of the outdoor steps and continue your visit.

We are currently experiencing technical problems with the equipment which enables disabled access to the Aquarium rooms. Please contact us by telephone or email before your visit

 

Click here to contact us with any questions about your visitClick here to contact us with any questions about your visit

Would you like to arrange an exceptional event in a magical setting? Hire the aquarium for an evening!

Complete and return this form

It is also possible to book a room to seat 35 for cocktail receptions, meetings or press briefings

Complete and return this form

 

or contact us directlyor contact us directly

Prices & opening times

Tarifs grand public

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Tarifs CE

Une visite et des tarifs adaptés aux comités d'entreprises et collectivités

Tarifs Scolaires

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Horaires

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General public

 

Book a guided tourBook a guided tour

Adult: €8.10

Child (4-18 years old): €5.65

Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) €22.70

Guided tour (advance booking requiredadvance booking required) +1,50 €

Foreshore outing or phycology (study of algae) outing: €5.50

Exhibition only : 3,30 €

 

Good ideas 

Annual membership (visit us all year round for free and benefit from a reduced rate for those with you) Adult: €25 /Child: €10

For children (7 to 12 years old): no time to get bored! The Explorer Game, a game containing 22 questions/answers, is a fun way to learn about the Aquarium. A certificate awaits you at the end of your visit!

Opening times for 2016

You can send your event booking requests to contsaact@nre/maquay5uqriu8yhm-tqz8bregauylstel.comto1s or use  the on-line form on this website

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Aquarium Marin de Trégastel

Boulevard du Coz Pors

22730 TREGASTEL

Tel : 02 96 23 48 58

Mail : contact@aquarium-tregastel.com

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