The Castle Sainte-Agathe
Favorite thing: The Castle Sainte-Agathe (16th century). In 1793 the fortress fell into the hands of the English. Apparently, the admiral of the English fleet invited the commander of the fortress to a meal and, while they were having an enjoyable evening, the English soldiers or mariners took over the command (Wikipedia).
Favorite thing: I'm not really fond of visiting cemeteries, but some graves in France have fantastic decorations, e.g. porcelain baskets with 'souvenir' written on them, and these will sometimes hold spectacular flowers (that are likewise made of porcelain).
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Olive trees. The islanders - or some of them at least - take great interest in the preservation of rare species of olive trees. Here's where they have collected these trees, in a central valley on the island.
Porquerolles, trees and bushes
Favorite thing: The first photo gives the most typical aspect of the island with thorny bushes 2-3 m tall that hide narrow paths. The one shown on the photo is a large one!
The second photo gives a bird's eye view of the bushes cover. The path are completely hidden and cannot be seen!
The third photo gives another typical aspect with a few pine trees. They are never very large. The photo shows Pinus halepensis (Aleppo pine), the most common on the island but there are also some alleys with Pinus pinea (Stone Pine)
The last photo shows an old Eucalyptus globulus, another species of trees found on the island.
Fig trees orchard
Favorite thing: One of the duties of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles is to preserve biodiversity, not only of wild plants but also of cultivated ones. On that account, they have an orchard with a collection of more than a hundred different species of fig trees. Our guide from the Conservatoire allowed us to taste the figs, which, in September, were fully ripe. Some were purplish, other greenish or even whitish. All were very tasty but with an amazing variety of tastes. We would never have expected that figs could taste so diverse! Biodiversity is for real!
- National/State Park
Mill Moulin du Bonheur
Favorite thing: Le Moulin du Bonheur is an old windmill in the style of the Provence that dates back to the 18th century. It was restored in 2007 and can be found on a hill behind the Fort Saint-Agathe.
Favorite thing: Porquerolles, the lighthouse, 12 May 2010. Much to our disappointment we found this building closed to the public until further notice "par decision administrative".
Street scene in the main town
Favorite thing: Some people say they are reminded of Africa when they visit Ile de Porquerolles. It is a feeling that I share.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons