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4 Reasons to visit Porquerolles

Our sailing tour along the Côte d’Azur also took us to the island of Porquerolles,

the main island of the Hyères archipelago. I had been wanting to visit this island for a long time and persuaded my brother-in-law to take us to the port of Porquerolles. It was only a short trip from our last anchorage off the neighbouring island of Port-Cros.

Although Porquerolles is the largest island in the group, it is still only 12 square metres in size. But on these 12 m2 you will find an impressive landscape, turquoise sea, white sandy beaches and small bays. In my article, I would like to show you 4 reasons why a visit to the island is worthwhile.

Porquerolles
The village Porquerolles

1. The history of Île de Porquerolles

Archaeological finds show that Celts, Etruscans, Ligurians, Greeks, and Romans already settled on the island. In modern times, it was soldiers from Napoleon’s army who settled here at the beginning of the 19th century. Later, a Belgian engineer bought the island, which he then gave to his wife as a wedding present. He wanted to make Porquerolles a self-sufficient island, settled farmers and craftsmen and built a school.

It was not until the end of the 1930s that the French state, under Pompidou’s presidency, bought Porquerolles back and thus made the island accessible to the public again.  

2. Fantastic beaches

Porquerolles is renowned for its exceptional beaches and crystal clear waters. The beaches are spread around the island, some are difficult to reach but very idyllic and quiet. The beach “Notre Dame” on Porquerolles was voted one of the best beaches in Europe by the magazine “European Best Destinations”.

Porquerolles harbour
The habour after sunset

3. The beautiful nature and tranquillity of the Îles de Porquerolles

There are no cars on Porquerolles, but there are many bicycles. You can either bring your own bike on the ferry or rent one on the island. You can explore the most beautiful places of Porquerolles by bike on 50 km of signposted paths.

On Porquerolles there are mainly pine forests, but also olive, lemon, orange and tangerine trees. Wine is also grown very successfully in this little paradise.

4. The village of Porquerolles

In the main town of the island, right next to the harbour, there is a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Pastel-coloured houses line the small streets and alleys. There are a few small shops selling local products, souvenirs, and handicrafts. There are also many cosy cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Provençal cuisine.

Porquerolles
Porquerolles

Where is Porquerolles?

The island is located on the Côte d’Azur and is the main island of the Îles d’Hyères archipelago. However, it is only about 3 km away from the Giens peninsula.

Porquerolles
The northern tip of Porquerolles

How do I get to Porquerolles?

Porquerolles can only be reached by boat. From Hyères, take the ferry from Tour Fondue at the end of the Giens peninsula with TLV.

Prices for the crossing to Porquerolles:

High season: 24 euros return (May to September).

Low season: 22 euros return (April and October)      

                                           17.70 euros return (November to March)

Bateliers De La Côte D’Azur also offers crossings from various ports to the island.

My restaurant tip

I can highly recommend the restaurant L’Organgerie. The food was great and the atmosphere exceptional. The chef comes to the table personally, advises and explains each dish in detail. In addition, you have a wonderful view of the sea and the harbour from the restaurant terrace.

L'orangerie, Porquerolles
The restaurant L'Orangerie
Porquerolles
View from Restaurant L'Orangerie

Conclusion

Porquerolles is a quiet and picturesque spot that far exceeded my expectations… The natural beauty of the island, from the crystal clear beaches to the fragrant pine forests, is simply awe-inspiring. It’s a place where you can escape the otherwise hustle and bustle of the Côte d’Azur without sacrificing comfort and charm.

Pro Tip

Treat yourself to an overnight stay on the island and enjoy the peace and quiet after the last ferry has left with the day trippers.

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