Iles d'Or - Golden Islands

 Glorious island walking on the southern most point of Provence!

Since the Renaissance, the three islands of Porquerolles, Port- Cros and Levant have been called Les Îles d’Or. These jewels, just off the coast of Giens peninsula, are on the southernmost point of Provence. We plan to walk on two islands, with circular walks exploring the coastlines, nature and ruined forts.

The combination of sea and sun gives the islands a green and luxurious vegetation of pines, eucalyptus, vineyards, fruit and olive trees – paradise for many types of birds.

The Giens peninsula is connected to the French Mediterranean mainland by two 4 mile long sand dunes, with long and beautiful beaches; a haven for migrating birds, from flamingos and egrets to sandpipers and herons.

We start in Hyères; with some coastal walking. We also take the ferry to the Island of Porquerolles, with its stunning landscapes, picturesque village and calanques and visit Port-Cros. Île Port-Cros, the smallest of the three islands, is a national park and almost entirely covered in pine and holm oak trees.

From Île Port-Cros we travel direct to Le Lavandou (our luggage will be transferred separately), for our final three nights. Here we’ll visit the picturesque medieval Bormes les Mimosas, walk along the scenic beach to Port de Bormes and continue to Cape Bènat, finishing at the Fort de Brégançon – the official retreat of the president of France.

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