Visit Iles d'Hyeres (Provence, France)
The Iles d'Hyeres are a group of islands in the Mediterranean just off the southern coast of France near the mainland town of Hyeres.
The islands are Porquerolles, and (slightly to the east) Le Levant and Port-Cros. The three islands together form a rare and beautiful environment, surely among the most lovely in France, with a great deal for beach, sea and nature lovers to enjoy.
The Hyeres islands
It is possible to stay on Porquerolles and Le Levant, but expensive, and most visitors take a day trip on a ferry from the mainland.
Porquerolles has the least restrictions on access, a village (Porquerolles) and an ancient fort, and is a simply beautiful place to explore.
Rugged shorelines, beautiful scenery and a couple of beaches make the island a lovely place to explore by following one of the many pathways that cross the island or follow the deep blue sea along the coast, or simply by strolling along one of the the pine backed beaches along the islands northern coast (the southern coast is more rugged).
Many visitors also choose to explore the island of Porquerolles by bike.
Restaurants can be found in Porquerolles village - be sure to enjoy one of the highly rated local wines produced from grapes grown on the island with your meal.
Port Cros is equally beautiful, and is a designated French National Park (the National Park of Port-Cros.) - it is the most rugged and unspoiled of the three islands. You must stay on the marked paths when exploring the island - and don't even think about smoking or picking a flower!
Scuba diving in the region around Palud beach is also very popular, and there is even a popular 'underwater trail' to follow starting from this beach.
Le Levant is largely given over to military activity, hence much of the island is less accessible by tourists, although it does have a good number of trails to follow in the west of the island. There is also an important local naturist centre called Héliopolis on Le Levant, and there are regions of the island where naturism is obligatory.
Getting to the Iles d'Hyeres
Be sure to visit the Iles d'Hyeres if you are in the region - the islands are commonly reached by boats departing from Toulon, Hyeres, Le Lavandou, also from Cavalaire-sur-Mer and La Croix-Valmer. The shorter crossings, from the Giens peninsula south of Hyeres, take around 15-20 minutes.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Iles d'Hyères, Var, Provence || GPS: latitude 42.997, longitude 6.2182
Map of Iles d'Hyeres & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Iles d'Hyeres, France
- Le Plantier de Costebelle - remarkable garden (14km)
- Parc Olbius Riquier - remarkable garden (15km)
- Parc Saint Bernard - remarkable garden (15km)
- Jardin du castel Sainte Claire - remarkable garden (15km)
- Hyeres - ville fleurie 4* (15km)
- Jardin d’oiseaux tropicaux - remarkable garden (16km)
- Bormes-les-Mimosas - ville fleurie 4* (20km)
- Jardin de Baudouvin - remarkable garden (25km)
- Domaine d'Orvès - remarkable garden (25km)
- Domaine du Rayol - remarkable garden (28km)
The French version of this page is at Iles d'Hyeres (Francais)