PORQUEROLLES: A DREAM ISLAND
Nature excursion, Swimming, Lunch not included
A unique experience in a small corner of paradise with heavenly beaches in the Mediterranean: Fall under the spell of Porquerolles island, its unspoilt nature and the magical atmosphere of its village.
What we will see
- Porquerolles island: Northern part with beaches and footpaths
- Porquerolles village: Place d'Armes, church and lighthouse
What we will do
- We will leave the port of Toulon and arrive in Giens after a coach journey of around one hour. Here we will board a boat, which will take us to Porquerolles in just fifteen minutes. Porquerolles is the largest of the three Îles d'Hyères, or "Golden Isles", which are found in the Hyères Gulf. Seven kilometres long and three across, Porquerolles is the best known and the most populated. After belonging to numerous families, the island was bought by François Joseph Fournier in 1912 as a wedding gift for his wife. In 1971 the French state bought 4/5 of the land, guaranteeing its protection from unauthorised building: As you will see, the style and architecture of the buildings are in perfect harmony with the beautiful landscape.
- On arriving at the port we will glimpse the houses surrounded by greenery and moored boats. It is impossible not to be enchanted by the characteristic island landscape.
- During the free time available to us we will explore the northern part of the island, known for its three beautiful beaches of fine sand and the landscape which slopes down towards the crystal clear sea. There are also numerous footpaths (more than 45) and cycle paths in the area.
- We will then have time to visit the village of Porquerolles, built in 1820. Strolling around its streets we can admire the large main square (the Place d'Armes), the beautiful church built in 1850, the lighthouse erected in 1837, as well as various shops, bars and restaurants with a perfect atmosphere for al fresco dining.
- What makes Porquerolles island so special is without doubt the fact that it is one of the most protected places in the world, from an environmental point of view. Although still not officially listed, the island is linked to Port-Cros National Park, which also manages the natural territory of other islands, and it is thanks to the tireless efforts of the Conservatoire Botanique and the park itself that the land at Porquerolles is protected, cultivated, sown and studied. A visit to the cultivated fields is a must.
What you need to know
This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.