Situated a few miles off the Varoise coast on the same latitude as cap Corse (43° N), Porquerolles island, a classified site since 1988, offers visitors wonderful walks or cycle rides, attractive sand beaches and superb view points along its south cliffs dominating a warmly coloured sea. Its temperate climate adds to each season's charm.
Its surface area is of 1254 hectares, with 70 km of rides just waiting for you.
In order to preserve our precious environment, help us protect
nature by respecting the current regulations.
Porquerolles water purification plant operates on a biological principle, the water flows through a system of 3 cascading lagoons that take care of the secondary purification.
The sun rays (UV) destroy the bacteria in the water (basin 1: microphyte, basin 2: microphytes and macrophytes, basin 3: macrophytes).
The third basin receives the treated water that is healthy from a bacteriological
point of view, not drinkable but comparable to good quality water for bathing.
These basins provide a non-negligible amount of water for irrigation purposes.
This small isthmus leads to the peninsula and is bordered by two beaches.
One is the white beach as opposed to the black beach "Port Fay" situated on the other side to the stretch, where in the 19th century the caustic soda plant used to pour its waste (slag).
The National Botanical Conservatories are scientific establishments that have three main objectives: the study of rare, endangered flora, its preservation, and informing the public and different players and decision makers. Porquerolles conservatory was created on 15 February 1979 and received its official status as a National Botanical Conservatory in 1990.
The territory placed under its responsibility covers 12 Départements and
it is now known under the name "Conservatoire Botanique National
Méditérranéen" of Porquerolles. Approximately 3000 species are stored
here as seeds in this real genetic database.
Management of the States' private domain has been entrusted to two complementary bodies that depend of the French Ministry of Environment - the "Parc National" for the forest areas - the "Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen" for the agricultural areas. Exhibitions are held from May to September.
The lighthouse offers a splendid view looking out over the sea. Built in 1837 its light beam is situated 82 m above sea level and can be seen from a distance of 54 km at sea.
La calanque de l'Indienne
Situated on the pedestrian trail leading from the lighthouse to Grand Cale, you will see Bagaud, Port-Cros, le Levant, and the small island of Gabinière. Be careful the cliff is dangerous as it is very brittle. This Calanque owes its name to its resemblance with the head of an Indian.
The Carrefour des Oliviers
This crossroads is situated on the road leading to the lighthouse, on your way out of the village, it offers a pleasant place to stop for a rest. From there you also have the choice to take another route to reach the northern/eastern or western part of the island.
Fort Sainte Agathe
Overlooking the village the fort offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. It was probably the first military structure to be built on the island. It became a fortress under the reign of François ler, who had a tower added to the building. Renovated thanks to the "Parc National de Port-Cros", it now serves to host exhibitions.
Three vineyards make white, red and rosé wine on the island.
Domaine de l'Ile: Situated on the Brégançonnet plain, it combines the heritage and know-how of wine making tradition inherited from the former owner of the island. This family run vineyard was founded in 1910.
La Courtade: Domain created in 1983, tradition and authenticity are
respected, using local vines such as Mourvedre and Rolle.
Domaine Perzinsky: A few minutes from the village, the wine is made according
to traditional know-how from wines growing on the most southern land of the
La Courtade beach
Situated only 10 m on foot from the village, when the Mistral wind is blowing this is a site much appreciated for windsurfing and other board sports.
Oriented to the N/W facing the continent, it is bordered on its first part by eucalyptus trees then by a pleasant pine grove.
View from the Sémaphore signal station
Built on the highest point on the island (142m), its main function is to monitor traffic at sea, but is also plays an important role for safety (detection of fire starts, and also of boats in trouble). The view encompasses the whole island and also spans from cape Lardier to cape Sicié, on the continent.
Notre Dame beach
Featuring the same orientation as the beach of Courtade, it is bordered by a pine grove.
Toward the extremity of the island you will discover it to your left. If you let your imagination wander, replacing the pine trees by palm trees, you will find yourself on a beach in the Caribbean islands!
Le Grand mur du Nord
This part of the island has remained wild. A tall cliff borders the coast here and access to the sea is only possible at the "Pointe de la Galère".
Cap des Mèdes
Situated at the North-East extremity of the island, this is a reserved military zone. The utmost caution is recommended if you decide to access the area.