The Porquerolles Islands: Eucalyptus & Wine
A world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy coastal towns of the Cote d’Azur, locals play pétanque in bougainvillea-clad squares, while visitors sip Pastis at small cafés and life moves at a slower pace. These three islands are renowned for their secret beaches and calm inlets. Turquoise waters, long sandy beaches and palm trees give them a desert island quality. Adventurers can enjoy discovering hidden coves and leaving their footsteps in the sand.
The landscape of the Porquerolles is a medley of cliffs, bays, plains and forests, making the islands an perfect place to enjoy activities such as hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. Of course, that’s once you have tired of basking on the bow, anchored off one of the many idyllic white sand beaches. Vinophiles will enjoy a trip to Domaine Perzinsky, a family-run vineyard offering a wonderful selection of local Porquerolles wine, while sun-worshippers head to crescent-shaped Plage de Notre Dame, where the pearly sand is flanked by fragrant eucalyptus and pine trees whose exotic perfume is carried on the summer breeze. On Iles d’Hyères cars are not allowed so it has retained its natural beauty – bring comfortable shoes so that you can explore.
Eat at the welcoming Le Fly Deck, offering traditional regional dishes and inspired deserts – the jasmine sorbet is something else
Hire a bike and circle the island’s beaches along rocky paths for incredible views
In the high summer the north beaches get very busy, so anchor off the rocky coves of the south for quiet waters and explore by diving or snorkelling