"Porquerolles" Île de Porquerolles by JLBG

Île de Porquerolles Travel Guide: 38 reviews and 103 photos

Porquerolles (Île de Porquerolles) is the largest and the western most of the group of the Îles d'Hyères, an archipelago also called Îles d'Or (Golden islands). The archipelago includes three main islands, Porquerolles, Port-Cros, île du Levant and several smaller islands. The Îles d'Hyères are a part of the "Commune d'Hyères" which includes city of Hyères and the whole Presqu'île de Gien It is thus one of the widest "communes" of France with 132 km2.

Porquerolles is 7.5 km long and 3 km wide, with an area of 1254ha (12.54 km2). Its summit is at the lighthouse, elevation 142 m.

Since 1979, the Parc National de Port-Cros is in charge of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles as the island has a very special Mediterranean vegetation.

There are no paved roads on the island. There are no private cars not motorcycles allowed on the island and there are only a few dirt tracks for the few cars from the Parc National.

  • Last visit to Île de Porquerolles: Sep 2006
  • Intro Written Jan 29, 2007
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    I want to climb up that lighthouse near Porquerolles...and that Fort de Sainte Agathe would be nice to explore...great pages, Norman :)

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Another great and full of information website

  • Feb 3, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    it looks like a beautiful place to explore, with wonderful beaches, interesting flora/fauna and some history thrown in. nice page JL!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    What an amazing place! I love little island chains like this that are still protected from 'civilization'! Excellent tips on the plant and bird life, not to mention the history of Fort de Sainte Agathe. Hard to beat a picnic in the fresh sea airs too!

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    The marina in the harbor looks like it would be filled with interesting yachts. With a fort on top of the hill, this looks like a great place to explore. And car free… sounds great!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Biodiversity is for real! Yes, indeed. Glad you found such a good example of this. Fine that Leyle could give you the name of that lily. I always enjoy going to places with no cars, especially since it is possible to rent bicycles there.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    What a beautiful island! Sounds like a great place to spend a day or two.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 11:03 PM

    Nice page and overviews, i love the warning tip on warnings and speed greetz from belgium

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    E. globulus - Tasmanian blue gums - I was surprised when I first saw how many there are around the Med. MrL would be in heaven here - he adores figs. Is your lily Amaryllis Belladonna ? leyle

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    Feb 2, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Ah lovely ! Another great place I missed when I was at Cote d'Azur ! The landscape is magnificent and ahh, I love these kind of old fortresses ! And you even did find a school sign - and a very cute one :-)

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