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The Tortoise Village

Domaine(s) : Zoos, Farms & Vivariums

Region : Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur


The village, for young and olders, presents an important herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles).
You will see:
- Hermann's tortoises,
- Giant tortoises,
- Russian tortoises,
- Turtles of Madagascar,
- Turtles Happeuses,
- Leopard tortoises,
- Mauremys leprosa,
- Large furrowed turtles living in the area called 'Little Africa'
- Terrapin Turtles,

You can see:
- Turtle clinic, which cures more than 300 turtles per year, for example turtles belonging to individuals who contact the association.
- The nursery
- Two tropical greenhouses, housing turtles from China, Africa, America, Brazil, East Africa and Madagascar.
- The paleontological journey that turtles have taken from very ancient times until today, with shown as if they just came out of their shell.


Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


Gateways set-up for the visits allow you to have a funny exciting journey over the animals that roam in their natural areas.

The turtle village was created by the SOPTOM Non Profit Association, itself founded in 1986 by three naturalists.
SOPTOM means "Observation and Protection of turtles and their Behavior".

Initially focused on the preservation of the Hermann tortoise, the association has increased the scope of its actions that are:
- >To save turtle species,
- To observe them,
- To cure them,
- To train enthusiasts, naturalists and professionals (veterinarians, biologists).

The village is completed by a restaurant and a playground for toddlers, including of course a "turtle slide" very appreciated!

Finally, thanks to the teacher who talked about this place that is now added in Genius Tour website!


Quartier les Plaines
83590 Gonfaron

From Toulon, take the direction toward Hyères and La Valette-du-Var.
From Hyeres, take to Toulon and La Valette-du-Var.

From La Valette-du-Var, take the A57 motorway to the north and exit at Carnoules / Pignans / Gonfaron (exit 11).

Then just follow the signs "Gonfaron".

Gonfaron is at 43 km from Toulon and the same from Hyères-les-Palmiers.

From Frejus, take the DN7 to the West, towards Puget-sur-Argens where you take the A8 motorway towards Toulon / Aix-en-Provence / Marseille.
Then take the A57 towards Hyères / Toulon / Le Luc.
Take exit 13, direction La Garde-Freinet / Les arcs / Vidauban / Le Luc / Le Cannet-des-Maures.
Take the DN 7 and cross Le Luc.
Continue on the RN 97 towards Hyères / Toulon / Gonfaron.

N 43°19'00'' E 06°16'59''

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