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Top Choice National Park in Île de Port-Cros

Parc National de Port-Cros

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 …
Brasserie in Île de Porquerolles


With a huge deck overlooking the swaying masts and wooded cove beyond, L'Escale draws the freshly disembarked like bees to honey. And they're not disappointed: friendly, energetic service, local wines by the glass, …
Fort in Île de Porquerolles

Fort Ste-Agathe

This 16th-century fortification contains historical and natural-history exhibits, and its tower has lovely island views. Much of the building dates from between 1812 and 1814, when Napoléon had it rebuilt after the …
Square in Île de Porquerolles

Place d’Armes

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-Anne on its southern side in summer. Day in, day out, this hub …
Gardens in Île de Porquerolles

Jardin Emanuel Lopez & Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen

This wonderful ornamental garden is planted with palms, cypresses, vanilla and grenadier trees, cactus and bamboo, sweetly scented jasmine, and every herb known to grow under the Provençal sun. It's also home to the…
Fort in Île de Port-Cros

Fort de l'Estissac

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 tower and sometimes catch exhibitions in summer, when it ope…
Bistro in Île de Port-Cros

La Trinquette

At the edge of the soft harbour sand, dine on steaks, seafood or pasta before heading out on walks across the island. The day's catch, sold by weight and simply grilled, is hard to pass up.