Porquerolles

A magical place, a few minutes by boat from the peninsula of Giens in Hyeres.

Activities

WALKING AND BIKE RIDES

The island of Porquerolles, now listed site in 1988, offers visitors beautiful hiking and cycling tours.

You can rent bikes at our partner L’île aux Trésors ( information (+33)6 81 96 44 30 ) located in the village which give a discount for our residents.

 

WATER SPORTS AND BEACHES

You will discover the coves and beaches of Porquerolles, for all the pleasures of the Mediterranean sailing, windsurfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and sun.

 

CULTURAL TOURS

The island has been influenced by many cultures(Celtic, Ligurian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman), and recent excavations have brought to several days archaeological sites. Among them :

  • Le fort du Grand Langoustier
  • L’église Sainte Anne
  • Le fort de l’Alycastre
  • Le phare de Porquerolles
  • Le fort Sainte Agathe
  • Le moulin du Bonheur

For more information, visit the website of the tourist office of Porquerolles.

© ARTSET , except photo the “Moulin du bonheur” Tristan Sidem

A LITTLE ABOUT HISTORY

275 DAYS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR

The island of Porquerolles, (7 km long and 3 km wide, 350 inhabitants), is the largest of the islands of Hyères. It is most inviting with its marina, its fine sand beaches, its valleys, its rich forest cover, vineyards and a privileged climate with 275 days of sunshine a year.

A DOZEN FORTS BUILT

Porquerolles was long subjected to the exactions of pirates and to protect a dozen forts were built over 8 centuries, raising interest for the study of the evolution of architecture strong during this period.

A WEDDING GIFT

Five large landowners have succeeded. The latest one was François Fournier, who made his fortune after the discovery of a gold and silver mine in Mexico. Honeymoon back, he offered the island to his young wife in 1911, after adjudication.

The island then enjoyed its most prosperous period with the cultivation of 175 hectares of vineyards and 25 hectares of vegetable.

SODA MANUFACTURING PLANT

In the early 19th century, a soda plant (the site of today’s hotel) has been operating for twenty years alone, ruined by the invention of a more cost-effective process.

A STRATEGIC POINT OF DEFENSE

During the occupation of France by the German army, they completely evacuated the population the bay of Hyères and Porquerolles represented a strategic point for the defense of Toulon. The soldiers took in the houses they blew up, ruined the cellar and left crops abandoned.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM

François Fournier died in 1935. Around that time, his wife having seen the importance of developing tourism, hotels created, especially Mas Langoustier frequented by writers like Giraudoux, Simenon, etc …

THE NATIONAL PARK

In 1972, under the leadership of President Pompidou, the Ministry of Environment, went owns two-thirds of the island. The National Park of Port Cros is manager.

THE FAMILY LE BER

Among the descendants of François Fournier, Le Ber family remains very established on the island with the vineyard “Le Domaine de l’Ile”, hotels “Le Mas du Langoustier” et “La Villa Sainte Anne”, the guesthouse “Les Pescadous” and the restaurant “La Plage d’Argent”.