Île de Porquerolles Travel Guide

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Île de Porquerolles Things to Do

  • Take a walk

    Talk a walk over the beautifull island. You may find a lot a hidden area's and small beaches which are not crowded with tourists.Watch out for the bikers, as they cross your path from time to time.

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  • Wine tasting - Domaine Perzinsky

    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

    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....

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  • Look out for wildlife

    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...

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  • The beautiful beaches

    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...

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  • Moulin du Bonheur

    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...

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  • Fort Sainte-Agathe

    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...

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  • Porquerolles, landscape from the...

    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...

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  • Porquerolles, the lighthouse

    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...

    The Parc National de Port-Cros is in charge of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de PorquerollesThe « 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...

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  • Bird’s eye view of Fort de Sainte Agathe

    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.

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  • Fort de Sainte Agathe, the terrace

    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.

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  • Fort de Sainte Agathe

    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"

    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)

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  • Porquerolles, eastern part of the bay

    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...

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Île de Porquerolles Restaurants

  • Great time!

    We had an excellent lunch here during our one day visit to Ile de Porquerolles, 12 May 2010. The brasserie/bistrot l'Hyppocampe is situated in a great spot at the central square of the main town - Place d'Armes - and from here it is not very far to the harbour. Our lunch consisted of 2x Matelot dish (choice menu with entrée and main course, we had...

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  • Friendly service and a nice view

    On our first day on the island and without any special recommendations, we decided to try this restaurant, it looked as good as any other.Since it was early, it was almost empty and we got a table with a relatively nice view over the port.We were not very hungry, so we just had a main course each. I had an ostrich steak, but due to my poor French,...

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  • A great choice

    Porquerolles is a small place and almost all restaurants are concentrated around the main square.This one had been recommended by our friends and it was, indeed, a great choice.We were lucky to arrive relatively early as shortly after we arrived, all tables were taken.As you can probably see from the picture, it has a nice little terrace and on a...

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Île de Porquerolles Transportation

  • Only two ways to get around

    Cycles and Shank's Pony. We did it the old way and walked - though there were plenty of cycle hire places near the tree lined little square - a former barracks marching yard - close to the harbour. They seemed to do a good trade as we passed bikes in quite remote spots. I understand that in 2009 a famuly of four with two children 8 & 10 could hire...

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  • Ferry to a mini paradise

    In 1991/2 It cost 22 F. to park for a full day day at the harbour and 62 F. for a return ticket to the island (I kept the tickets!). In 2009 a return ticket cost something like 17 euros - my nephew doesn't keep tickets and he can't remember the parking costs.

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  • How to get there by plane

    The closest airport is Toulon/Hyeres (not to be confused with Toulouse), which is served by some low-cost airlines, such as Transavia from the Netherlands (departing Rotterdam) as well as other "regular".Upon arrival, it is necessary to go to "La tours fondue", which is the port from where boats depart to Porquerolles. It seems the only option is...

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Île de Porquerolles Shopping

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    by ranger49 Written Feb 2, 2010

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    What you see in the picture was almost the full range of shopping experiences when we were there. We were glad that we had bought our picnic in the market in Hyeres though you could, even then, buy some provisions and cold drinks,souvenir gifts and postcards.

    People congregate in the square when the ferry arrives and just before it is due to depart.It's a nicley shaded place with a dusty boules pitch where you can watch, or get a game, as you wait for the ferry..

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Île de Porquerolles Local Customs

  • Lilly

    I had forgotten that I had not completely identified this lilly found in the shade, under bushes on the island of Porquerolles in September. The photo is not very good as there was not much light. I will add the exact name as soon as possible.Thank you Leyle (VT TheWanderingCam) for giving me the name of that lilly. It is Amarillys Belladona, also...

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  • Yellow legged Herring gull

    While we were dining a Yellow legged Herring gull (Larus cachinnans) came to visit us. Of course, he was not interested by the people but by their food and he was lucky to receive some crumbles or even more! It is a close relative to the Herring gull (Larus argentatus), found on the Mediterranean coasts while the Herring gull is found on the...

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Île de Porquerolles Warnings and Dangers

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    by JLBG Written Jan 29, 2007

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    On a car free island, one would expect that there is no need for school warning road signs! This is not true and I found this one. Do not worry, this is not for pedestrians! Would you "walk" (run?) 20 km/h? Actually, this is for bicycles that can be a real nuisance as there are no cars to frighten them, they feel that they can do anything!

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Île de Porquerolles Favorites

  • Cemetery

    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).

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  • Lighthouse

    Porquerolles, the lighthouse, 12 May 2010. Much to our disappointment we found this building closed to the public until further notice "par decision administrative".

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  • Olive trees

    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.

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