Botanical walk in Porquerolles with Vincent Blondel
Quai Lélia Le Ber
This 2h30 walk dedicated to the plants of Porquerolles allows you to discover the richness of its plant heritage in a preserved environment, the Var being one of the richest departments in France in terms of the number of plant species (3000 out of the 6000 listed on a national scale).
From the port and the village, you'll walk through fallow land and vineyards, past the variety collections of the Conservatoire Botanique National, then back to the coast and along the Plage d'Argent to the village.
Along the way, you'll observe plants according to their environment: dune, rock, forest, wasteland, rare and endemic plants. Your guide will explain how plants adapt to fire and drought, providing an opportunity to discuss climate change and its effects on the environment. You'll also discover what ethnobotany - the use of plants by man - is all about. On the one hand, there's domestication, with wild plants becoming domesticated, such as bitter chicory, the ancestor of chicory and roasted chicory. But there were also medicinal and dyeing plants, and textile plants such as flax and sparerib, from which Spartans were made. And let's not forget pollinating insects, many of which are on the verge of extinction. A chapter that explores the relationship between plants and animals.
Crossing (1/4 h) from the port of La Tour Fondue in Hyères and parking for the day.
Public: families, adults, children, schools
Walking time and altitude difference: 45 mn - 34 m
Period: All year round
For groups only. Contact Vincent Blondel directly to schedule an outing.
Half-day package price: €230.