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What makes Port-Cros so special?

I joined my sister and her family for a sailing trip in July 2023. We anchored off the island of Port-Cros, a tiny island off the French Riviera. This island immediately captured my heart because here, you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Côte d’Azur. In this hidden paradise you will find pristine beaches and a remarkable variety of marine life. There are no roads and consequently no cars on Port-Cros, only quiet footpaths and trails. In this article, I introduce you to Port-Cros and show you why this island on the Côte d’Azur is a perfect destination for nature lovers.

Harbour Port-Cros
The habour of Port-Cros

#Nature conservation and biodiversity

Port-Cros is a National Marine Reserve and part of the Parc National de Port-Cros, which means that the environment here is protected and preserved. The biodiversity is impressive, with an abundance of marine life, birds, and plants. This protected status has made the island a mecca for divers and ecotourists.

Boats at Port-Cros
Anchoring is prohibited for ecological reasons. Boats can moor at buoys

#Diving and snorkelling around Port-Cros

The crystal clear waters around the island are a paradise for divers and snorkellers. The underwater world is vibrant and diverse, with bizarre rock formations, colourful corals and a remarkable variety of fish species. Whether you are an experienced diver or just know the basics of snorkelling, there is something for everyone to discover here.

The amazing marine life in and around Port-Cros. This photos was taken from our yacht

#Hiking and exploring the island of Port-Cros

The Island also offers numerous hiking trails that lead through lush forests and along stunning stretches of coastline. A hike to Fort Man, perched on a hill, offers not only fantastic views but also insights into the island’s history.

Beautiful restaurants await you after your hiking adventure

#The charming main town

The island’s main town is a quaint fishing village with colourful houses and cosy cafés. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood and experience the laid-back island life to the fullest.

Evening vibes at Port-Cros
Sea food
Here we enjoyed the best seafood ever

Where is Port-Cros?

Port-Cros is an island in France and belongs to the group of Îles d’Hyères, also known as Îles d’Or (Golden Islands). It is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the French Riviera, southeast of Toulon and southwest of Saint-Tropez.

Bar in Port-Cros
Enjoying a drink at the harbour

How to get to Port-Cros?

Port-Cros is best reached by boat, and regular ferry services are from Hyères, Cavalaire or Lavandou.

Here are some valuable links for ferry operators:

From Hyères: TLV

From Cavalaire and Lavandou: Vendettes Îles d’Or

Click here for more information on how to get there and for more practical tips.

Port-Cros harbour


Port-Cros is a place where time seems to stand still, a place where you can experience the beauty of nature in its purest form. If you are looking for a destination that combines tranquillity, adventure and conservation, you should definitely consider this island. It is a place where you can forget the rest of the world for once.

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Petra Top is a dynamic freelance travel journalist hailing from Altusried, Germany, who expertly balances her roles as a Motorsport enthusiast, translator, author, and social media strategist. Her expert skill set includes web designing, multilingual communications, and photography, enriched by notable memberships in international travel and food writers' organisations. Petra's life philosophy—"I travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape me"—captivates her audience, reflecting her passion for exploration and sustainable innovation at Travel Buddies Lifestyle.

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