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Introducing Île de Port-Cros

France's smallest national park, Parc National de Port-Cros, was created in 1963 to protect the 7-sq-km island of Port-Cros and a 13-sq-km zone of water around it.

Until the end of the 19th century, the islanders' vineyards and olive groves ensured their self-sufficiency. Today, high-season tourism is their sustenance. Bring picnic supplies and drinking water; the few port bistros open mid-March to mid-November but there's nothing elsewhere but beauty.