Hyeres, the city of palm trees, is the most southerly city of Provence, build on a peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean. Hyeres is a beautiful city of colour, surrounded by 39km of glorious sandy beaches and blessed with more hours of sunshine than any other city in Provence.
Hyeres holidays revolve largely around the sea and the beach. With almost 40km of clean, soft sand beaches surrounding the city, it is little wonder that a Hyeres holiday is considered one of the finest beach holidays you can find in Europe. The sheltered port of Hyeres is filled with private yachts, including those of the French sailing team for much of the year. Sailing is an important part of life in Hyeres, and there are many opportunities to sail, fish, scuba dive or take a boat trip along the Cote d’Azur. Boat and canoe hire in Hyeres is easily organised, with plenty of rental centres around the marina.
The city of Hyeres itself is a set back a little from the beach and is a magnificent place to explore. With wide shop laden streets opening into large 12th Century squares Hyeres has a wonderful mix of tradition and luxury. The daily market in the Place Massillon is lively and the maze of streets to the north of the square offer a couple of excellent view points over the coastal plains. It is in this part of Hyeres that you will find the huge Park St Bernard, which is awash with the colour of flowering plants for much of the year, offering a wonderfully peaceful place from which to enjoy views along the coast.
To the west of Hyeres is a large area of forested hills known as the Maures, which is a wonderful location for hiking and cycling holidays in Hyeres. You can find information on trails and routes from the tourist information office, and it is advisable to get a specialist map if you are planning on taking a Hyeres cycling holiday. There are a number of stables in Hyeres which take guided rides throughout the Hyeres countryside too.
There are some great day trip possibilities from self catering Hyeres accommodation. Famous destinations like Marseille and Saint Tropez are within easy reach, but the closest place of interest to a villa or apartment in Hyeres is Le Lavandou, one of the best places to go fishing in Provence.
Hyeres has a remarkably steady climate, with long, warm summers lasting form June until September, with average daily temperatures of around 26°C, peaking well into the mid 30’s. In winter, the weather remains mild, with average temperatures in January of above 10°C most years.
The Toulon-Hyeres Airport (TLN) is ideally located for reaching a Hyeres holiday rental. Just 5km from the town centre and almost on the beach, Hyeres Airport could not be better placed for reaching either a property in the town centre or a villa on Hyeres beach. RyanAir provide direct flights to Hyeres from London Stansted (STN), which only takes a couple of hours.