Last Saturday, our French friend organized a trip to Porquerolles, an island off the coast of Hyères, accessible in about 15 minutes by boat.
The Île de Porquerolles is the largest of three Îles d’Hyères. With a land mass of 7 km (4.3 miles) long by 3 km (1.9 miles) wide, the various coasts are lined with cliffs, beaches, and a large port. The island’s village, light house, and church were constructed in the 1800’s, and the entire island was then purchased in 1912. Mister François Joseph Fournier presented the island as a wedding present for his wife, and later planted vinards, where some of the regions wines are grown today. Now, Porquerolles is accessible only by boat, and there are no cars on the island. What makes the island so special is that it is very environmentally protected–the best way to discover its beauty is by bike. Porquerolles is an extremely popular beach and tourist destination in the summertime- my friends from Versailles spent a week here last summer. In November, there are obviously few people on the island, so we were able to rent bikes and explore freely. Now, however, I’m anxiously waiting to go back during the spring to enjoy the nice beaches!