Porquerolles

Islands have something special. We had been there before and yet let us tempt for a second visit to Porquerolles. The ferry to Porquerolles departs from La Tour Fondue, on the Giens Peninsula (Price : 9 EUR per person).

Little or no cars on the island. Cycling the more. More than walking, cycling is the ideal way to explore Porquerolles. For 14 EUR you can rent a bike at one of the many rental agencies in and around the harbor (a tip: in some agencies you receive a free map of the island, so that you can save the 3 EUR the Tourist Office asks for the map, be it a solid one).

The map below gives a rough picture of the “road network”' on Porquerolles. Major roads in red are wide gravel roads; the roads in blue are slightly narrower but still accessible for cyclists. The yellow trail at the top of the map (beware: the South is up) is only accessible for hikers.

Kaart Porquerolles

On the map we bought at the Toutist Office are some circuits (that are not marked on the premises). Not a problem anyway, as you always get somewhere and the distances are extremely limited (max 10 km in length, 2 km in width).

The classic sights on Porquerolles are :

  • the Phare in the far south, which is not accessible to the public, but from where you have a beautiful view on the wild South coast.
  • the Fort Sainte-Agathe, a fortress just above the harbour, likewise not open to the public. You have a nice view on the port of Porquerolles, the Giens Peninsula, the coast of Hyères and the Massif des Maures.
  • the Moulin du Bonheur, which got its name from the story about an impoverished nobleman, who, early 19th century, was looking for a bride and described the ruined mill in a wedding advertisement as a "Villa on the French Riviera"



Porquerolles - Fort Saint-Agathe Haven Porquerolles

The best of Porquerolles, however, are the almost white sandy beaches where the shallow water gets its azure color. In the summer it is a popular mooring for motor yachts and sailboats (on the water) and sunbathers (on the beach). In early April we didn’t find neither of them.   On the other hand, the beach is covered with 'tons' of waste. It turns out to be the withered sea grass that washes up in the spring, and which disappears again in a natural way (by sun and wind) in the summer.

Plage d'Argent - Porquerolles Plage d'Or - Porquerolles