Presqu'île de Gien is not really an off the beaten path destination but as it is outside of the town, though administratively a part of Hyères, I have chosen to put here a link with the special page Presqu'île de Gien
Île de Porquerolles is not really an off the beaten path destination but as it is outside of the town (though administratively a part of Hyères), I have chosen to put here a brief presentation of Porquerolles. I will build a separate page on this island (to come).
Porquerolles is the largest and the western most of the group of the Îles d'Hyères. It is 7.5 km long and 3 km wide, with an area of 1254ha. Its summit is at the lighthouse, elevation 142 m.
The village of Porquerolles lays at the bottom of a small bay. It was created in 1820 and has now a population of 400 permanent inhabitants. In summer, there are many visitors for day trips but few spend the night on the island where camping is forbidden and that has very few housing capabilities.
Since 1979, he Parc National de Port-Cros is in charge of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles as the island has a very special Mediterranean vegetation.