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.

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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

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