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Porquerolles Island

The island of Porquerolles is located 15 minutes by boat from the Giens peninsula in Hyères les Palmiers, in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Shuttle boats also allow you to come back to the island from La Londe les Maures, Toulon and La Seyne-sur-Mer. Excursions are organized from Saint-Tropez.

The island, classified “Heart of National Park” since 2012, offers a great diversity of landscapes: steep coast, sandy beaches and cultivated plains. The charming village of the island welcomes you for a gourmet break. You can rent a flat there for the night. You can also rent a bike to ride along the various paths through the island of Porquerolles. Beyond this inhabited village, the rest of the island is wild and includes forts that used to hold a strategic place of defense.

Porquerolles is part of the archipelago of the Hyères islands, also called the “Golden Islands”, (“Iles d’Or”), with the islands of Port Cros and the Levant in particular. The island of Porquerolles is the largest and most visited among the three islands. Shaped as a 7-kilometers long and 3-kilometers wide crescent, it stretches over the Mediterranean Sea and enjoys a particularly pleasant climate, mild winters and hot summers with a light sea breeze. It is sunny almost every day there!

The landscapes

Porquerolles is famous for its heavenly beaches and its turquoise sea. The main beaches are located on the north coast of the island. In the south, you will find various creeks just as charming. The Langoustier beach, the Notre Dame beach, the Silver beach “Plage d’Argent”, the Oustaou de Diou calanque… are just some of the wonders that border Porquerolles and offer an idyllic setting for a relaxing and discovery day.

The island is also a fertile land on which many wine estates have settled: Domaine de l’île, Domaine Perzinsky and Domaine La Courtade. They produce world-renowned red, rosé and white wines, which you can taste, in moderation, during a visit to the vineyard.

A getaway on the island of Porquerolles is ideal for nature lovers. The Porquerolles forests are mainly wooded with Aleppo pines and maritime pines. The vegetation is diversified and abundant. You will have a glimpse of it in the Emmanuel Lopez garden which gathers plants growing in a Mediterranean climate.

During your vacations, you may come across a pheasant, a partridge or a rabbit. It is also possible to observe birds: seagulls, gulls, petrels, cormorants… Depending on the season, other migratory birds join them.

Porquerolles is part of the Port Cros National Park. Its fauna and flora are protected and car traffic is prohibited.

 

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Cultural visits

During your visit to the island, enjoy walking in the nature and cultural visits. Porquerolles is home to historical monuments that you will be able to discover during your tour such as the lighthouse, which rises 84 meters above sea level, the “moulin du Bonheur” (Happiness mill) or the Sainte Anne church, a former military chapel.

On the island, you will be able to observe and appreciate the architecture of the different forts. They have all been built to defend the island and prevent landings on the surrounding beaches. They testify to the history of the island of Porquerolles :

  • The Fort du Grand Langoustier, built in the XVIIth century, is now classified as a historical monument. The Fort de la Repetance, dates back from the XIXth century.
  • The Fort Sainte Agathe is listed in the Additional Inventory of Historical Monuments and was built during the reign of Francis I. The Fort de l’Alycastre was erected under the authority of Richelieu.

Art lovers will enjoy the island of Porquerolles. Every year, the Villa Carmignac holds temporary exhibitions displaying contemporary art works as well as sculptures.

Leisure and activities

The sportspersons will appreciate the wide range of activities that the island of Porquerolles has to offer. The island can be discovered on foot along the hiking trails or on a bicycle. Various bike and electric bike rentals are available in the “pearl of the Golden Islands” (“Perle des Iles d’Or”).

If you wish to discover the maritime environment of the island and enjoy the view from the sea, you can go for a tour of the island aboard a sailboat or motorboat, and go scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up paddling or jet skiing.

To cool down, go to one of the beaches or creeks of the island or go snorkelling to admire the seabed. After a busy day, it’s time to unwind !

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