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Small islets, capes, coves and canyons, and underwater “meadows”, the island, coastal and marine atmosphere of Port-Cros National Park is unique worldwide.

Port-Cros”, “Porquerolles”, “Ile du Levant“, the names alone of these islands are an invitation to travel through space and time ... And rightly so, their secret coves, immense white sand beaches, dense “forests” both on land and under the sea, teeming with life thanks to more than 60 years of conservation. Here, visitors have a golden opportunity to explore a condensation of exuberant Mediterranean biodiversity.

The national park harbours many protected species, both aquatic and terrestrial. On land, it is a major stopover for migrating birds: shearwaters, Greater Flamingos and small passerines share a generous haven with other, more discreet, native species such as the Tyrrhenian Painted Frog or the European Leaf-toed Gecko. The flora is unique: Romulea florentii, rare orchids and olive trees from all over the world: plant-lovers will be overjoyed.

The Port-Cros National Park is an “underwater paradise”. Whales and dolphins (8 different species), groupers, barracudas, Noble Pen Shell, sea fans and corals ... from the Posidonia seagrass meadow at a depth of 3000 m in the Stoechades Canyon, everywhere the clear waters of Europe’s foremost marine natural park for this thriving habitat, to the great delight of snorkellers and divers.

History lovers won’t feel left out either: Greek and Roman ruins, military forts and submerged wrecks to satisfy the curiosity of astute visitors! The coastal islands also conserve traces of Ulysses, Barbarossa, Vauban and, more recently, the last battles for the Liberation of April 1945.

A land of creativity, the islands have inspired the greats of French literature and cinema, not to mention the painters and photographers who have borne witness to their spirit of place over the years.

Roaming the land or under the waves, strolling, sailing, photographing … the Port-Cros National Park can be savoured in many ways, with the Mediterranean breeze in your hair, the sea-spray and a smile on your lips!

 

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Meet each other !
Agnès AUJARD
Agnès Aujard
Director of the "Save the Forests of Var" association

Our work has a significant economic and social impact on this territory because it allows us to supply and respond to local needs. It is a genuine virtuous circle in line with sustainable development...Esprit National Park is recognition of the values we convey in our daily lives.  

Port-Cros National Park is:

A caring partner

My favourite place:

The coastal path to the Peninsula of Giens

My favourite speciality:

Our fig jam made from about 250 different varieties

Recif barrière de Posidonie du site des Chevaliers © Francois Victor / Parc national de Port-Cros
Meet each other !
David DELSOL
Domaine du Massacan
Manager of the Massacan domain

The National Park is a very beautifully preserved spot for which we were already committed to limiting our environmental impact, so that is why we have chosen to join the Esprit National Park brand. 

Port-Cros National Park is:

A wild and unspoilt place to discover

My favourite place: 

Magaud Beach, a wild and little-visited cove

My favourite speciality:

Tamaris Mussels

Fort du Moulin à l'aube © Isabelle Masinski / Parc national de Port-Cros
In a few numbers
Port-Cros National Park
180
species of fish in Posidonia meadows and corraligen
180
km of coastal path
14
Interpretation trails
9
Underwater trails
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A place to live
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Unique experiences
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181 Allée du Castel Sainte-Claire
BP 70220
83406 Hyères Cedex
France