Visit Hyeres (Provence, France)
Hyeres is a town on the French Riviera between Toulon and Bormes-les-Mimosas. Long established as a port and resort, Hyeres is an attractive town in a very good location with beaches and Mediterranean countryside close by.
Because of its sheltered south-facing position the weather stays mild all year around and so Hyeres is also a popular winter resort, and has several parks and gardens of interest.
The town first become popular, and wealthy because of its palm tree industry, around the end of the 19th century, and many of the houses you see in the town date from this era. You will see very many palm trees that also bear witness to this heritage (and important ongoing industry in Hyeres).
A sizable town, Hyeres has an interesting centre, with a more ancient section with medieval houses and narrow streets to lose yourself in for a couple of hours. There is also a newer part with more modern, wider boulevards and lots of shopping opportunities.
There are also several churches dating from the 12-13th centuries to discover, including the Collegial Church of Saint Paul and the Saint-Blaise Chapel (the Templars Tower)
Hyeres is a very 'green' town with an impressive number of trees, many of them palms, and garden areas to explore. The unique climate and careful attention of the town has ensured there are several gardens of interest.
The gardens at Park St Bernard are very nicely laid out and a great way to escape from the city noise for a while. In the park you can see the Villa de Noaielles - a 'modernist' 1920's house in the grounds of the ruins of Chateau St-Bernard at the top of the park. The St Bernard park also has lovely views across the town.
From here be sure to continue on to the adjacent tropical Sainte-Claire botanical gardens.
Gardeners and children alike will enjoy a visit to the zoo and exotic gardens at Jardins Olbius Riquier.
No visit to Hyeres would be complete without a visit to the Iles d'Hyeres - a lovely group of islands off the coast from the town. There are also many fine beaches close to hand, and Hyeres has easy access to the lovely Provence countryside a little way inland from the Cote d'Azur. (It was here in Hyeres that the writer Stéphen Liégard invented the name Cote d'Azur for this section of coast, in the late 19th century.)
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Hyeres
Hyeres is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Hyères, Toulon, Var, Provence, 83400 || GPS: latitude 43.12, longitude 6.13167
Map of Hyeres & places nearby
Highlights close by
Iles d'Hyeres 15km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Hyeres, France
- Jardin du castel Sainte Claire - remarkable garden
- Parc Olbius Riquier - remarkable garden
- Parc Saint Bernard - remarkable garden
- Le Plantier de Costebelle - remarkable garden (3km)
- Jardin d’oiseaux tropicaux - remarkable garden (9km)
- Domaine d'Orvès - remarkable garden (12km)
- Jardin de Baudouvin - remarkable garden (12km)
- Zoo du Mont Faron - zoo or wildlife park (16km)
- Bormes-les-Mimosas - ville fleurie 4* (17km)
- Cap Sicié - site of natural beauty (21km)
Market days in Hyeres: Regular market(s) are held in Hyeres each Wednesday & Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Hyeres (Francais)