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Banyuls-sur-Mer Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 36 photos

Home of sculptor Aristide Maillol

Banyuls-sur-Mer is particularly famous for two things, sculptor Aristide Maillol was born here and the local wine is well known and excellent.

The sculptures are hard to miss because there are standing metal frames all over town and when you look through them, you see a Maillol sculpture. It's fun.

What many people do not know is that the oldest aquarium on the French Mediterranean coast is located here. It was founded in 1885 by the University of Paris. It is open for visitors in cooperation with the Observatoire Océanologique and as part of the Laboratoire Arago. It's open year round although has longer hours in the summer.

An active pleasure port

You walk along the sidewalk enjoying the busy harbor scene, but if you descend to dock level, you immediately become aware of many little businesses under the street. We visited a very pleasant watercolorist and bought a trio of small paintings for our youngest daughter.

Beautiful entrance to town . . . or exit

We drove down this road coming into town and reversed ourselves leaving. It is a lovely drive either way and a stunning photo.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wine village, university, pleasure port, art . . .
  • In a nutshell:A lovely place to spend a few days . . . or weeks.
  • Intro Updated Jul 22, 2010
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Love all the sculptures in this town and thought the photo frame is a wonderful idea

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Chez Claude sounds lovely, as does the entire town. I like the idea of the empty metal picture frames.

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