Ile de Port Cros
A few minutes from the hotel
During your stay on Porquerolles, take the time to visit Port-Cros. It is the smallest of the three Iles d'Or islands, the most mountainous and the one with the best-preserved natural environment. Visitors can explore it on foot, along little marked footpaths. The island owes its name to the shape of its little port ("Cros" is derived from the French word for "hollow"). Since 1963, the entire island has been listed as a national park, which includes a 600 metre stretch of sea around its coast line. It is the only national park in Europe to have a marine environment protected in this way. In extraordinarily clear waters, an underwater "trail" is marked in the same way as the trekking footpaths.
A natural sanctuary, it is a constant source of delight to ramblers. Along the marked botanical trail, admire the dense scrublands, the pine forests and the oak groves, but also the many forts which bear witness to the history of the island. On the way, you will surely come across gulls, cormorants and northern gannets. If you are a fan of diving, don't forget your flippers and snorkel- a stunning underwater trail will guide you through posidonia, "gorgone rouge" coral, mother of pearl, groupers, and other multi-coloured wrasse.