20 minutes by boat from Porquerolles
Discover the Southernmost and oldest of the resorts on the Côte d’Azur, also known as Hyères-les-Palmiers because of the thousands of palm trees planted there over the years. Its old neighbourhoods, perched on the south side of Castéou hill dominate the new town and the harbour sheltered by Cap Bénat and the peninsula of Giens, where you can take a ferry, all year round, to the islands of Porquerolles or Port-Cros.
To get to Porquerolles, you will almost certainly pass through Hyères, the peninsula of Giens, and the Tour Fondue, from where the ferries leave. If you have time, take a moment to wander around this pretty town - Hyères is a place of exquisite charm. Start your visit with the ancient site of Olbia, which has been exceptionally well preserved. Then continues along the cobbled streets which date back to the middle ages, with their pretty, many-coloured houses. If you are passing through on a weekend, you can visit the typically Provençal market on Saturday mornings. Finally, visit the many monuments and gardens of the city: the fort de la Repentance, Saint-Louis church, Saint-Bernard park by Villa Noailles, Château Sainte-Claire park…