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Porquerolles botanical tour

HYèRES

Description

Did you know that the Var is home to some of the most plant species out of all the French departments? 3000 out of the 6000 listed nationwide can be found in the Var. This 2.5 hour tour devoted to Porquerolles' plants introduces you to the island's leafy heritage in an unspoilt setting.

You'll walk from the port and village through wilderness and vineyards, the national botanical conservatory's collections then return to the coast and walk along Argent Beach to the village.

During your walk you'll see plants in keeping with their environment: dune, rock, forest, wild, rare and endemic plants. Your guide will discuss how plants adapt to fires and droughts so you can all address the issue of climate change and its effects on the environment. You'll also learn about ethnobotany, how man uses plants On the one hand, domestication, wild plants that have become domestic e.g. bitter chicory, an ancestor to endives and roasted chicory. On the other hand, plants used for medicine and dye; textile plants like flax and weaver's broom which were used to make gladiator sandals. And not forgetting pollinating insects, many of which are under threat of extinction. A chapter that will address the relationship between plants and animals.

Practical information

Bring money for the crossing (15 min) from the Tour Fondue port in Hyères and car park for the day.

Walk time and elevation: 45 min - 34m

Difficulty: easy

Period: All year

Suitable for: families, adults, children, schools

Excursion for groups only.

Half-day package price: 230 €.

Picnic not included.