Ile de Port Cros

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puce Transfer provided by shuttle boat from Hyeres, Toulon, La Londe, La Seyne and Le Lavandou.

TVM - Shuttle-boats Hyeres Porquerolles shuttle-boats TLV TVM puceBoat and shuttle crossing for :

  - All year round, , boat shuttle departing from Hyeres with TLV

Bateliers de la Cote d'Azur Bateliers de la Cote d'Azur

  - Boats for Port-Cros from La Londe from April to November with the Bateliers de la Cote d'Azur
Transfer provided by boats / shuttles all year round: compte departure from the port of Le Lavandou (20 mn) or from the port of Hyeres (1 hour).

Port Cros, the port

Port Cros is located between Porquerolles island and Le Levant island. It's the smallest of the three islands which make up the "Iles d'Or" (Golden Islands) in the golf of Hyeres.

A km long and 3 km wide the island extends to 690 hectares.




Port Cros, fort The island has five forts which bear witness to it's past as defences for Port Cros. The oldest fort dates from François I° reign (Fort du Moulin). Only the Fort de l'Estissac (15 mn by foot from the port) is open to the public. The latter is an ideal vantage point to view the island.

Port Cros, seaside
Since 1963, the entire island has become aNational Park" and is unique in Europe as the park takes in a maritime zone which extends 600 metres around the coast. In the extraordinarily clear waters which surround the island a signposted underwater "nature" trail has been created, just like the long distant footpaths! Along this "route" you can discover the incredible range of underwater flora and fauna but be careful as all the fish and fauna are protected, you can go underwater fishing here!


Port Cros, harbour The underwater tour starts from the La Palud beach (bring your mask, snorkel and fins). Leaving the port, behind th fort take a fantastic path which offers sea views which will make your skin tingle with wonder. The beautiful odours from the mediterranean fauna are everywhere, the shady walk takes around 30mn, or 30 minutes of beauty. Then you'll arrive at the sandy beach , not too small or too large with a few tress which offer welcoming shade... Opposite, and at your feet you'll see the sea, shimmering with no boats to obscure the fantastic view because boats are no allowed to moor in the beach in order to protect the underwater species... This is the closest to paradise you'll find!!

Port Cros, hiking trail
True nature lovers will be amazed at the range of rare and wild protected species which you can discover on the island thanks to more than 35 km of signed paths and trails around the whole of the island. Be amazed by the botanical trail or discover the landscapes of Port Cros along the ridges (3h), the tour around Port Man (4h) or the beach (30mn).

Port Cros is the hilliest and wildest of the three islands, and you'll appreciate the absolute calm and quiet of the island. Just like Robinson Crusoe's island, as long as you avoid July and August.

Port Cros, beach
You can't fail to fall under the charm of the port... a small and tranquil port shaded by it's palm trees you'll think that you have arrived on a tropical island where the relaxin atmosphere reminds you that you are here, "in the south of the South of France". Opposite the landing point you'll find the reception of the Port-Cros national park where you can buy a map of the island and pick up documentation about the nature trails.




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puce What to see:

The Moulin, Port Man, and la Vigie forts: not open to the public.
The Estissac forts: open in summer.
In the Estissac fort, free exhibition of "Port Cros History".

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puce Leisure activities:

Walking, nature rails.
Aquascope boat : with its transparent hull view the underwater species (40 mn).
Botanical trail. Underwater Diving.

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puce Accommodation:


Hotels (open during summer).
Restaurants.
Holiday rentals.

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