The island of Porquerolles is the largest of the Hyères islands, located not far from the Giens peninsula in the Port Cros National Park.
The stretched crescent shape of the island of Porquerolles is reminiscent of these paradisiacal islands lost in the tropics and yet we are indeed in the south of France. It is the most inhabited and visited island of the Golden Islands in the Gulf of Hyères and was declared a national park in 1971. It is 7 km long and 3 km wide. It can be reached by shuttle from Hyères les Palmiers or by boat. It is a magical place with many faces. Its heavenly beaches, its picturesque village, its splendid landscapes, its vineyards… Porquerolles has everything to please you ! To the south, a steep coast made up of steep cliffs and where a few creeks are hidden. While to the north, the landscape is reminiscent of the Caribbean with its fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
Notre Dame beach
It is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach in Porquerolles. By the way, did you know that it was recently voted the most beautiful beach in Europe ? Despite this reputation, it remains less crowded than the other beaches. Located some three kilometers from the port, it can be reached on foot in 45 minutes or by bike in 25 minutes.
It is about 1.5 kilometers from the village. You can get there in 5 minutes by bike. It has nothing to envy to Notre Dame beach. It has toilets, a lifeguard station and a restaurant. Its shallow bottoms make it the perfect place to take your children.
It is the busiest beach. Less than a kilometer from the village, it is easily accessible and is the largest on the island. Its white sand, its turquoise sea and the smell of eucalyptus floating in the air will make you travel. Many shaded areas make it ideal for families with children. Be careful, however, on Mistral days, because it is not sufficiently sheltered.
Perfect in windy weather, they are sheltered from the wind and the swell and offer you 2 totally different settings. To the north, the beach is made of fine sand and to the south of black sand. The Langoustier beaches are 4 km from the village on one of the points of the island. To get there, it will take 1h30 if you are on foot and about 40 minutes if you rent a bike.
Many activities are offered on the island, starting with mountain bike rental. It is indeed recommended to travel the island by bike with your children, friends, lovers. The setting is sumptuous, so it is the ideal solution to discover it in the most pleasant way possible. The car not having citizenship in Porquerolles. Diving and boating are also on the program. You can also rent jet skis, paddle boards or kayaks. In the center of the island, the National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles has carried out an inventory of the flora with the help of scientists and botanists. The visit is possible for groups, on request. The island is criss-crossed by 100 kilometers of paths of all kinds. These tracks and paths take up the old paths of yesteryear built between the 16th and 19th centuries. In the end, the « pearl » of the Hyères islands promises you a day that you are not ready to forget. For those who want to prolong the pleasures, know that it is possible to rent a room in one of the hotels on the island.