Trip to Gold Islands - Iles d’Or
Island accessible from the Port of Lavandou or la Londe-Hyères
To see: 14th century Fort Ste Agathe, home to an underwater archaeological exhibition (from June to September)
This is the largest of the three îles d'Or islands in the Gulf of Hyères which benefit from the sun nearly every day of the year (more than 300 days of sunshine a year). The village was created from 1820 onwards, the lighthouse was built in 1837 and the church was built in 1850. Purchased by the State in 1971, Porquerolles became a part of Port-Cros National Park, which protects, replants and studies Mediterranean plants thanks to its Botanical Centre. To the north, three superb beaches offer fine sand, gently sloping shores and an exceptional pure sea. To the south, the cliffs plunge into the sea, and the relief is steep, offering a succession of coves, points, gorges, capes and small mountains. Inland, there is a mosaic of vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees and a few scattered lemon, orange and mandarin trees. The paths are lined with pine and eucalyptus trees and other plants
Leisure activities: Hiking and mountain biking. Scuba diving. Sailing. Windsurfing. Boat hir. Fishing. Nightclub (during the season). Camping, bivouac and fires are prohibited.
Levant see mapWhen seen from a plane, Levant Island looks like a long rocky ridge. Covered with a superb and generous plant life, as you approach Levant Island you can see that it is a small earthly paradise. Unique of its kind, the ideal spot for an introduction to naturism, Levant Island is open to all who want to experience and enjoy the pleasures of swimming and sunbathing naked, freeing themselves of the concerns imposed on us by urban life and modern society. Living simply close to nature is the challenge every day at the Domaine Naturiste d’Héliopolis on Levant Island. Héliopolis is a beautiful small village with all the shops you need for a pleasant stay. You will only really be able to appreciate the island’s unique spirit, the peace and quiet which transports you out of time, if you spend at least one or two nights on the island.
To see : the village located at the end of a beautiful walk along the Aygade route
Leisure activities: walks along the flower-covered cornices with a wealth of very beautiful exotic plants. Waymarked “Nature” trail in the Volontaire Nature Reserve. Diving. Canoe-Kayak. Windsurfing. Dances on the square. Summer activities
Port Cros see map
4 km long and 3 km wide, the island covers 690 hectares. Since 1963, the entire island has become a National Park and includes around its shores (unique in Europe), a maritime area of 600 metres.>
To see: Fort du Moulin, Fort de Port Man, Fort de la Vigie: not open to visitors. Fort de l'Eminence and Fort de l'Estissac: open in the summer, free exhibition "History of Port Cros" Leisure hiking, waymarked paths. Aquascope boat: visit the underwater world thanks to the boat’s transparent hull (40 mins). Botanical trail. Scuba diving