The island of Porquerolles is the largest of the four Iles d’Hyeres, which are located off the southern Mediterranean coast of France, within the Provence-Cote d’Azur region. Porquerolles is a popular destination amongst tourists looking for a tranquil location, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland coastal resorts, and draws a steady stream of more discerning tourists throughout the year. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Porquerolles will find that there is a good choice of self catering holiday accommodation on the island, mainly in the form of apartments, villas and rustic traditional French gites, many enjoying spectacular sea views.
Being an island, it will come as no surprise to visitors looking to enjoy their holidays in Porquerolles to discover that water sports are the main focus of tourist activities here. Wind surfing, jet skiing and kite surfing are especially popular, whilst the best beaches on the island – Notre Dame, La Courtade and Plage d’Argent – are great places to top up the tan under the warm Mediterranean sun, before bathing in its warm waters. Although the island was romantically purchased as a wedding gift for his wife by a wealthy local in 1912, it now forms part of the Port-Cros National Park, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the indigenous wildlife, with the knowledge that Porquerolles is protected from any further development.
Perhaps the most visited landmarks on this 4.5 square mile island are the main village’s 19th century church and its lighthouse. Porquerolles’ nature conservatory is also a popular draw amongst nature lovers and botanists visiting the island. A short ferry crossing to the mainland will take visitors to the historic town Hyeres. The oldest town of the French Riviera boasts such attractions as the Castle of Saint Bernard and Villa Noailles. Slightly further along the Riviera coastline lies the fashionable and glitzy resort of St. Tropez, often referred to as the playground of the rich and famous.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Porquerolles will find that the island enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, although temperatures often cooled by the strong prevailing winds of the region his can often by. Summers are generally warm and dry, with temperatures often reaching the early 30s degrees Celsius, whilst in the winter months temperatures average around 12 degrees Celsius. Porquerolles receives an average annual rainfall of around 23 inches.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Porquerolles will find that Toulon-Hyeres (TLN) is the nearest mainland airport. Air France and Ryanair operate regular flights here from the UK, departing from London City (LCY), Liverpool (LPL) and London Stansted (STN).