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A day in Porquerolles

HYèRES

Description

This day out is an all-encompassing tour of the Porquerolles setting which covers botany, wildlife, heritage and local history along the way.

Meet at Tourist Information for a trip back in time from Antiquity to the present day with a stop during François I's reign when Barbary pirates still occupied the island.

The "Pirate's Hole" is testament to their presence along with the famous Barbary pirate treasure legend and Barbarossa whose role and escape from Charles V's troops will be detailed by the guide. You'll hear about the Fournier dynasty who played a major role in the island's contemporary history. From the village you'll head to Fort Sainte-Agathe, pass the Moulin du Bonheur windmill to reach Argent beach before taking a forest path to the Grand Langoustier.

Unleash your inner botanist and learn about the plant species that make up the scrubland: identify shrubs, Mediterranean broom and all these endemic plants that capture the island's wild nature as you learn about sealife, namely cetaceans during a presentation at the Pelagos sanctuary.

A relaxing day out with a picnic in the great outdoors which you'll come back from with stars in your eyes and a thirst for knowledge!

Practical information

Walk time: 4 hrs.

Elevation: 450m.

Difficulty: medium.

Suitable for: families with children aged 10 and over.

Period: April-September on Sunday 10.45am-5pm.

Price: 18€ exc. crossing and parking. Picnic not provided.

April: 14th. May: 5th. June: 2nd. July: 21st. August: 4th and 18th. September: 1st.

10.45am departure from Porquerolles Tourist Information.

Ferry departures from Toulon (9am 45 min duration). Price: 48 € (crossing + hike).

From Hyères: 9am or 10 departures. Duration: 15 min. .

Equipment: trainers with good soles, water, suncream, hat.

Contact: Hyères Tourist Information: (00 33) (0)4.94.01.84.50.

Toulon Tourist Information: (00 33) (0)4.94.18.53.00.

Languages: French, Spanish.