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Hiking in Porquerolles

An easy hike to discover the western part of one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean: Porquerolles.

Porquerolles is one of the islands that make up the islands of Hyères with Port-Cros, Le Levant and some uninhabited islets. As it is very touristic (500 000 visitors per year), it is well served by maritime links from the Tour Fondue mainly (see map). In high season there are boats every half hour to go to the island, the crossing takes 15 minutes. On the other hand, the island is very crowded during July and August. We prefer to visit it in the middle season. We don't need a GPS track here because everything is very well indicated and easy of access. The bicycle is also a good means to discover the island you can easily rent one on the spot if you wish it.

Interest: ratingvery good (1 user)
Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 3 h.

Arrival on Porquerolles

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Arrival on Porquerolles
The islands of Hyères are also called the Golden Islands. The relief of Porquerolles is not very high but some paths are quite steep.

The port

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The port
From the typical Mediterranean port you can visit the fort Sainte-Agathe to discover a magnificent panorama of the island. Exhibitions are organized during the summer in the fort.

The village church

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The village church
The church is in Mexican style. In 1912 an engineer who had made his fortune in Mexico bought the whole island. He brought 200 people and exploited the island as a hacienda. They lived there in almost total autarky until 1935. Today Porquerolles has 150 inhabitants year round.

Silver Beach

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Silver Beach
This is why the island attracts so many tourists, for its translucent water and its fine sandy beaches surrounded by pine forests. A change of scenery guaranteed!

Langoustier Beach

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Langoustier Beach
One of the other beaches that during the hike encourages swimming.

The fort of Petit Langoustier

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The fort of Petit Langoustier
The fort of Petit Langoustier is a fort located on an islet a few meters from the shore, it was to serve as an advanced sentinel for the protection of the island.

Saint Anne's Point

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Saint Anne's Point

The fort of Grand Langoustier

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The fort of Grand Langoustier
The number of forts on this small island is quite impressive (7 in total). It was Richelieu who in 1634 decided to build the forts of Petit and Grand Langoustier to counter the Spanish threat. The power of the artillery rapidly increasing these forts were overtaken and disarmed. The fort can only be visited during the heritage days in September.

The Brégançonnet cove

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The Brégançonnet cove
You can access a beach by taking a path that is a little difficult.

The vines

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The vines
The island burned down completely in 1897, it was devastated in three hours. When it was bought in 1912, vines were planted to prevent another fire, the estate became one of the largest wine estates in France. Today, the estate is still in operation on the Brégançonnet plain.

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