Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands

A few minutes by boat from the Giens Peninsula is Porquerolles, the most famous of Hyères’ Golden Islands. Combining idyllic beaches, a turquoise sea and a wild landscape, it’s a raw and precious gem of Provence.
By Angélique Jurquet

You embark for Porquerolles Island, bigger and more civilized than Port-Cros or Le Levant, the two other Golden Islands of Hyères, from Giens. As soon as you step on to this territory, protected since 1988, you discover a village dating back to 1820, with the Sainte-Agathe fort, a defensive structure dating from the 16th century, towering over it.

In addiction to this history is the beauty of the landscape: to the north of this heavenly island of 12.5 km2 you find the most beautiful white sandy beaches. The south, steeper, makes do with cliffs and rocky coves, to the delight of hikers.

And disciples of mountain bikes won’t be disappointed either, as cars are completely banned from Porquerolles, giving this Provençale land, where nature still reigns supreme, even more charm.

A wild island presenting landscapes of utter beauty; for that matter, recently the readers of the newspaper Var Matin elected the Argent beach, the most famous of the Porquerolles island, as being the prettiest piece of sand in the Var region.

Discover
Hyères 
Tourist Office
Bureau de Porquerolles
, 83400 HYERES
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 58 33 76

Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
The Argent beach, the most famous of the Porquerolles island, is known as the prettiest piece of sand in the Var region.
Photography : José Nicolas
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
The south, steeper, makes do with cliffs and rocky coves, to the delight of hikers.
Photography : José Nicolas
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands
A wild island presenting landscapes of utter beauty.
Photography : José Nicolas

Latest articles

Beauty break: choosing your summer fragrance

Beauty break: choosing your summer fragrance

As summer arrives, leave your warm and heady winter scent behind for a bright, airy summer fragrance. Like a second skin, scents reveal your emotions and your personality. Who will you be this summer?
10 easy rituals to help you relax at work

10 easy rituals to help you relax at work

From daily tasks to big challenges, there are plenty of stress factors when it comes to work. L'Occitane reveals some simple habits, performed in 5 minutes at your desk, designed to help you to stay calm in any situation.
Back to the source: Provençal vegetable tian

Back to the source: Provençal vegetable tian

Warm weather is here, and with it comes the taste of sun-drenched vegetables. Taking its name from the earthenware dish traditionally used for baking it, the tian's blend of aubergine, tomatoes and courgette is bursting with the flavours of the South of France. A delightful dish!