Hyeres Holiday Guide:
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Provence

 

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HYÈRES HOLIDAY GUIDE

Our complete guide to booking a self-catering holiday in Hyeres / Toulon

Our Hyeres / Toulon holiday travel guide will give you all the information and tips you need to get the very best from your holiday in Hyeres / Toulon.

 

Palm trees galore

The first thing you’ll notice about Hyères is the proliferation of palm trees. As well as lining the streets, the trees are grown for exporting throughout Europe and this is why the town is often called Hyères-les-Palmiers.

 

Royal approval

Hyères is the oldest resort on the French Riviera. British visitors have been coming here since the late 18th century when it became the favourite winter destination of the then Prince of Wales. Queen Victoria also gave it a Royal seal of approval when she stayed in town for three weeks in 1892.

 

The old town

Before heading to one of the resort’s Blue Flag beaches, spend some time wandering around the charming streets of the medieval old town: shops selling health foods and esoterica are popular. Place Massillon, with its 12th-century Templar tower, is lined with cafés and is a favourite spot for lunch: try Le Bistro de Marius for top-notch Provençal cooking.

 

Award-winning gardens

Amble up the hill to Parc St Bernard – one of four award-winning parks in town – for fantastic views over Hyères and the Giens Peninsula. The gardens are at the foot of the modernist Villa Noailles, once frequented by Salvador Dali and other surrealists. These days it hosts the town’s most prestigious event – The International Fashion and Photography Festival in May.

 

Activities for all

The Giens Peninsula, France’s most southerly point, juts out of the mainland for four miles and it is here you will find Toulon airport as well as the amusement park, Kiddy Parc, which has rides, pools and animals. Almanarre beach, on the west side, is one of the world’s best spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

 

The Golden Islands

From the tip of the peninsula you can take a ferry over to the three Iles d’Or: Porquerolles, with its vineyards and Caribbean-esque beaches; wild Port Cros, a National Park, with much to offer walkers and divers and Ile du Levant, which is mostly a military zone but has a village devoted to naturism.

 

Toulon, a naval city

Toulon, nine miles to the east of Hyères, is France’s main naval base and home port of the country’s only nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle. It has a long and turbulent history including occupations and blockades by the Italians in the 15th century, the Turks in the 16th century and the British in the late 18th-early 19th century. You can learn more about these events in the Musée de la Marine and the Musée du Vieux Toulon. A boat trip around the harbour, one of the largest in Europe, is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

 

Mont Faron

Most visitors to Toulon head up to 584m-high Mont Faron. The best way to reach the top is by cable car and it is well worth the effort for the views over the coast. Kids will love the zoo, which specialises in the conservation of wildcats, whereas older members of the family will be interested in the Allied Landings Museum, which recounts of the events in August 1944 when Provence was liberated from the Germans.

 

Around and about

To the west of Toulon, the shingle beaches of Six-Fours-les-Plages offer a welcome respite from the variety of walks in the area: whether you hike up to the former lighthouse of Notre-Dame-de-Mai for the views over Cap Sicié or take the scenic coastal path from Le Brusc.

 

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