Ècole Anatole France
The part of the city that was built in the second half of the XIXth needed a school. Ècole Anatole France was built in 1888-1889 rue Michelet by the architects Charles Maurel and Edouard Angeli. It is a building made of bricks, on a symmetrical design with a wide covered playground flanked by two aisles where are the classrooms and by the villas for the Head and his second. The covered playground looks at the same time like an ancient basilica and as a triumph Arch and is a testimony of the importance that was given to schools and learning at the turn of the XIXth.
Casino des Palmiers
The Casino des Palmiers (Palm trees Casino), avenue Ambroise-Thomas, was built between 1850 and 1902 by several architects, one after the other. Chapoulart was one of them. In 1962, the casino stopped its activity and was bought by the city in 1980. In 1991, it was entirely restructured.
Sundial "les Rangers"
Sundial "les Rangers" stands on the front of a house next to Villa Saint Hubert, on avenue des Îles d'Or. The sundial is adorned with lemons but I have been unable to establish what was the connection between "les Rangers" and lemons! May be "les Rangers" is the name of the building and that lemons are there just because we are in Hyères! May be!
Collégiale Saint Paul
Collégiale Saint Paul stands on a small promontory and can be seen from almost everywhere in the old city . It was first mentioned in 1182 in an act from Alphonse 1st, count of Provence. In 1427, bishop Nicolas Draconis of Toulon makes Hyères his usual residence. In 1572, it becomes a "Collegiale" ie a church with a college of canons. It was most probably at that time that the Collégiale Saint Paul gained the architectural look it has nowadays.
It is considered as a Roman church from the XIIth that has become the narthex of a Gothic Church in the XVIth. It has an important collection of ex-voto that can be visited.
Open for visits 10h-12h and 14h-17h30, every day except Tuesdays and Holidays.
Villa Noailles, the entrance
You can reach Villa Noailles from the city, either by foot or you can drive. From Place Clémenceau, you follow the Cours de Strasbourg until the "Police Municipale" (city police). After that point, the itinerary is signposted. The entrance is shown on the photo.
You can visit freely the park (Parc St. Bernard), the cubist garden and the outside of the villa. There is a fee to visit the inside that presents modern art. Guided tours (90 min) are organized from mid June to mid September. They can be booked at the tourist office, in town.