Welcome to Îles d’Hyères
Lying intriguingly offshore from the coast between Toulon to Hyères, the Îles d’Hyères are also known as the Îles d’Or (Islands of Gold) – not just due to their mica-rich rock but also for the golden beaches that fringe their forested hinterland. They're overrun in July and August, but for much of the rest of the year you might have them largely to yourself, with plenty of good weather too.
Île de Porquerolles is the largest; Île de Port-Cros is a national park with fantastic snorkelling; and Île du Levant is both an army camp and a nudist colony. Wild camping and cars are forbidden throughout the archipelago.