Île de Porquerolles Things to Do

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    Wine tasting - Domaine Perzinsky

    by rolphbronkhorst Updated May 26, 2012

    Île de Porquerolles, is also known for it's local winery. Here you can taste (and buy) their amazing wines.

    I have visitted Domaine Perzinsky, where you may even sticker your own bottles with the machine as shown on the picture.

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    Have a bit of Rest and Relaxation

    by ranger49 Written Feb 2, 2010

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    We had had our fill of serious sightseeing and escaping to the tranquillity of the island on a couple of days was just what we needed.

    There was an information office near the harbour, where we collected a couple of leaflets, a very useful sketch map of the island showing cycle routes and pathways, and a little historical background information.
    But we were ready for a bit of rest and relaxtion and what a place to have it.
    Being so close to, yet so far away from the busy coast road felt like playing truant on a treasure island. We walked and swam, had a picnic, walked and swam some more and soaked up the beauty of the island.
    None of us will ever foirget Porky Rolls!

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    Look out for wildlife

    by ranger49 Written Feb 2, 2010

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    We saw a couple of small posters as we first walked around the island announcing, with a photograph, the presence of a small mammal, African in origin.
    It seemed this small, shy,timid and harmless creature was being studied by staff at the nature and environmental research centre established on the island. We did not expect to see it and unfortunately I do not remember the name of the animal, but on our second visit whilst sitting on the sand surrounded by other family members he made an appearance. Far from being shy he seemed inquisitive and friendly.

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    The beautiful beaches

    by rsilva Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    There are several beaches on the island and they are all very nice. The closest one to the main square is "La plage de la Courtade". It is only a short walk away from the "center", but I recommend going all the way towards the end as the sand is more comfortable (less pebbles and shells) and it is also wider.

    For an overview of the beaches, check out this page (in French only, but with pictures)

    http://www.portcrosparcnational.fr/marcher/porquerolles/plages/

    It might be a good idea to rent a bike to reach the beaches, especially the more remote ones.

    The water was a bit cold, but still warm enough to allow for a nice swim.

    The beach at sunset

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    Moulin du Bonheur

    by rsilva Written Oct 2, 2007

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    Built in the beginning of the 18th century, during the "Golden Ages" of windmills in Provence, this windmill is in a beautiful, relaxing setting.

    It was restaured in 2006 and is a nice "model" for some pictures.

    It is just a short walk away from the main square and only a couple of minutes away from the fort, so you can easily combine the two in a short walk.

    There are quite a few dragonflies on the island and there were a huge amount of them around the windmill.

    Please check the pictures to get a better feel. It is particularly impressive at sunset.

    The windmill at sunset The beautiful view One of the many dragonflies

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    Fort Sainte-Agathe

    by rsilva Written Oct 2, 2007

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    This fort originally dates back to the 12th century, when it was built as a "manor house".
    It was rebuilt as the "Castel de Porcayrolas" by Honorat de Forbin, the owner of the island at the time, in 1518-1519.

    1531 - Modified to protect the island from pirates and enemies during the war against Spain and Austria.

    At the end of the 18th century, it was destroyed by the English and later recaptured. It was rebuilt and cannons were installed for defense.

    It went through several modifications in the 19th century and became part of the Parc national de Port-Cros in 1991.

    It is one of the highest points of the island and has a nice view

    A glimpse of the view

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    Porquerolles, landscape from the lighthouse

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    Once on top of the lighthouse, unsurprisingly, the landscape is stunning, in every direction, as the island is not that big.

    The first three photos show the open sea and the southern coast of the island, the closest to the lighthouse. The third is the eastern end of the island with the Pointe des Gabions and two islets, Gros Sarranier (half hidden by the cape) and Petit Sarranier.

    The fourth photo shows the north of the island with the village and Fort de Sainte Agathe. In the background, the continent with the Giens peninsula.

    The last photo shows the north east of the island with the bay, east to the village.

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    Porquerolles, the lighthouse

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    The lighthouse was built in 1837. It stands at the highest place on the island, a 142 meters hill in the south, opposite to Porquerolles village.

    It is possible to climb on top by a steep inside staircase (third photo).

    The lighthouse bears the logo of the "Phares et Balises" department (lighthouses and beacons department) of the Var département"

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    Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    The Parc National de Port-Cros is in charge of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles

    The « Conservatoire botanique de Porquerolles » was created in 1979 and was labelled "Conservatoire botanique national" in 1990. This means that it is in charge of the inventory of Mediterranean plants and of their specific natural environments and of their protection. It also plays a part in information of the people and teaching to children. Its part is not limited to the island but covers all the French Mediterranean regions : Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and Corsica.

    The House of the "Parc National de Port-Cros" is just outside the village, on the road to the lighthouse. It is opened every day except Saturday from October 1st to November 15th, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm -5.15 pm

    It contains an information office about the activities of the Park in Porquerolles. The gardens can be visited by groups, on appointment.

    The Garden is opened every day from April to October 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.15 pm.

    Information and booking 33 (0)494 58 07 24

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    Bird’s eye view of Fort de Sainte Agathe

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    This drawing, on show inside the main room of the tower, gives a bird’s eye view of Fort de Sainte Agathe with its surroundings. It shows well how strategic that place was to protect the city on Hyères on the continent as the canons set on the terrace could shoot any unfriendly boat that sailed towards Hyères.

    Bird���s eye view of Fort de Sainte Agathe
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    Fort de Sainte Agathe, the terrace

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    On top of Fort Sainte Agathe, the terrace was designed for a battery of cannons. From there, the view is stunning in every direction.

    The English occupied briefly the island. In 1793, before leaving, they burnt and destroyed most of the fort, blowing up the tower. Most of what can be seen now was rebuilt between 1810 and 1815 by Napoleon.

    Fort de Sainte Agathe, the terrace Fort de Sainte Agathe, landscape from the terrace
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    Fort de Sainte Agathe

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    The oldest fort is thought to have been built by François 1st around 1531. A strong round tower of 20 m in diameter and 13 m high was built on a rock. Inside the tower, a large room is now used as a show room for the "Conservatoire National de Porquerolles" and Nature preservation.

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    "Château de Porquerolles"

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    What is often called by visitors "château de Porquerolles" is actually Fort de Sainte Agathe, a fort that is very strategically overhanging the village of Porquerolles and its harbor, the only true harbor on the island. It can be seen from far away, almost from the continent (Péninsule de Giens)

    Fort de Sainte Agathe in the background Fort de Sainte Agathe and Porquerolles village
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    Porquerolles, eastern part of the bay

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    The Eastern part of the bay of Porquerolles is lined by rocky hills covered with Mediterranean bushes, that go down gently into the sea. In early September, the small sandy beaches were almost desert but we were not on the island for bathing but to look for plants, so we did not checked any beach! Narrow passes were winding among the thick and often thorny bushes.

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    Porquerolles, the village and the harbor

    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    The village of Porquerolles lies at the bottom of a wide 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. The harbor, in an inlet of the bay, is naturally protected from every wind except the Mistral (northerly). A pier has been built that brings the shelter from the Mistral.

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