Split shot of underwater scenery in Port-Cros National Park in the Mediterranean Sea, South France.

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Parc National de Port-Cros

Top choice in Var

France’s first marine national park, dating to 1963, Port-Cros boasts exceptional marine fauna and flora, which makes it a snorkelling paradise. It comprises 17 sq km of land (mainly the Île de Port-Cros and Île de Port-Cros and Île de Poquerolles), and 29 sq km of surrounding marine environment.

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1. Fort de l'Estissac

2.01 MILES

This 17th-century fort, strengthened by Napoleon after being partly destroyed by the English, crowns the northwestern part of Port-Cros. You can climb its…

2. Fort de Brégançon

7.54 MILES

A private residence of the president from 1968 to 2013, the Fort de Brégançon is now an accessible national monument. Located on a scenic peninsula 20…

3. Château de Brégançon

9.05 MILES

Within sight of the Îles d’Hyères, this 52-acre vineyard abuts the early-18th-century Château de Brégançon.

4. Domaine du Rayol

10.11 MILES

Growing continuously since its conception in 1910, this stunning garden, with plants from all Mediterranean climates, is wonderful for a stroll or a…

5. Domaine de la Sanglière

10.85 MILES

Côtes de Provence and La Londe Appellation rosés, reds and whites can be tasted at this winery with a view of the sea. Technically it's in Bormes-les…

6. Clos Mireille

11.08 MILES

One of three estates comprising Domaines Ott, a winemaking concern with roots in the late 19th-century, Clos Mireille is still run by descendants of…

7. Fort Ste-Agathe

11.09 MILES

This 16th-century fortification contains historical and natural-history exhibits, and its tower has lovely island views. Much of the building dates from…

8. Place d’Armes

11.24 MILES

A eucalypt-shaded pétanque pitch dominates central place d’Armes, which, as its name suggests, was once a parade ground. Music concerts fill Église Ste…