Living abroad is a funny thing. At first it can all seem like a permanent vacation in which you’ve somehow managed to land the starring role in the docu-drama, I Live in France, Isn’t that Crazy?
Slowly, things start to take shape – you make friends, get a job, and can order macarons at the bakery with actual words and not a point-and-hope-for-the-best pantomime. In short, some of the total awesomeness of living in France fades as “real life” takes over.
And then there’s the weekend. When it comes, the chance to escape to a nearby town, village, or region brings the feelings of wonder rushing back.
The Ile de Porquerolles is one such weekend escape which leaves a lasting impression on visitors, and from the looks of the tourist lines in the summer, we’re not the only awestruck travelers.
The island of Porquerolles is located in the Var department and is one of three islands which make-up the Iles d’Or (Golden Islands) off the coast of Hyères.
Porquerolles is the most popular (and most visited) of the three, and it’s easy to see why. The island boasts (if an island can do that) pristine beaches with turquoise waters, a lively portside village, and beautiful natural coves & “calanques”.
Oh, and there are vineyards. It’s France, of course there are… this American is still shocked.
There are three domaines on the island, spread over 200 hectares of vineyards, which produce vins des Côtes de Provence, and are linked to the Conservatoire Botanique National de Porquerolles which protects its heritage.
Besides sipping wine & whiling away the day on any of the island’s beaches (which sounds like the utmost perfect day to me), there is a whole sporty-spectrum of outdoor activities for nature buffs or just plain adventurey-types.
Hiking, biking, sailing, jet-skiing, and other water sports top the list. And although I’m kinda a plant-yourself-under-the-nearest-palm person, a 30-minute hike can really take you places on Porquerolles.
Although refreshing seafood restaurants (we’re talking lux patios equipped with outdoor water “misters”), gelato stands, and flavored-ice vendors are never too far away.
With all this natural beauty + French savoir-faire packed into one island, it looks like we’ll be heading back to Poquerolles sooner than later. And this time, I’ll be bringing some of that vin blanc home.
To Learn More:
Porquerolles official web site.
The Ile de Porquerolles on ProvenceWeb.
Planning a trip to Porquerolles on Frommer’s.
Parc National de Port-Cros.
Porquerolles on Google maps.
10 thoughts on “Belle Afternoon on Porquerolles Island”
I’ve never been here, but I see the island when walking around the beaches in the Var. You have peaked my interest and now I can add one more thing to my list of places to visit in the VAR 🙂
Thanks for your comment Ashley, this is a great spot to visit in the Var – now (spring) is the time to go since it gets really busy in the summer – I’m sure you can imagine!
I never knew anything about these islands until I read your post. We will have to check this out as it sounds like a perfect getaway for a weekend while we are in Sablet. Thanks for sharing this!
I think you would really enjoy this island Michel. Since it takes a ferry to get there (very short ride though), it seems a bit off the beaten path… it’s a gorgeous spot & perfect for a day trip.
What a gorgeous place to wander through, Tuula. The water and sunshine look heavenly. 🙂 I know what you mean about a new country transitioning from exotic to home. I’m feeling that way in Australia too. 🙂
Merci Krista! Glad to hear that Australia is transitioning into home for you too… that’s a very nice feeling 🙂
Another one of your excellent “makes you wanna go now” posts, Tuula. The island looks dreamy. And although I, too, am one of the plant me under a palm tree type, a little boating or even biking looks just as heavenly. I’d love to make an escape to Ile de Porquerolles – now if only I could pronounce it 🙂
That’s very kind of you Kathy, thank you 🙂 The island is a great place to “escape” to… we may have to add it to the list for your visit… I see a very “belle” itinerary coming together 🙂
Gorgeous. Just beautiful.
Merci ! Very happy you liked the photos 🙂