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Ile de Porquerolles
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About Ile de Porquerolles
The Ile de Porquerolles is one of the three Iles d’Hyeres on France’s Cote d’Azur. The island area is a mere four miles long and two wide, with just 200 inhabitants. The best places to stay on Ile de Porquerolles offer you a magical getaway from the usual crowds of the South of France.
In 1912 the island was bought by Francois Joseph Fournier as a wedding present for his wife. He subsequently planted 450 acres of vines and hundreds of trees. In 1971 the French state purchased Porquerolles, thus protecting it from development and turning it into a conservation area. As a result this is a truly beautiful paradise of oak forests, lavender fields, dragonflies and butterflies. The beaches and coves are blissful with the turquoise waves lapping pristine sand.
Porquerolles is a destination particularly favoured by the French themselves. The author Georges Simenon was a fan and based his novel Mon ami Maigret on the island. There is a jazz festival in the summer, but really this is somewhere to come to chill out.
The best places to stay in the Ile de Porquerolles are perfect for a laid back beach break without the crowds.
For a village location
- Villa Sainte Anne is situated close to the port and overlooking the village square. It's a friendly hotel and very popular with families. It is very convenient for sailing trips and deep sea fishing.
For a Peaceful Hideaway
- Le Mas du Langoustier was built by the original owner, Francois Fournier, and it sits in a glorious position amidst the pines and eucalyptus trees. The rooms well appointed, traditional in style and adorned with antiques. The cuisine is first class, with alfresco dining. There is also an excellent spa.
Best Hotels in Ile de Porquerolles
Villa Sainte Anne 25 rooms from £96Ile de Porquerolles
A short walk from the port, overlooking the village square, is the Villa Sainte Anne. The central location makes this friendly hotel a convenient choice for families and guests of all ages.Air conditioningSailing - Il de Porquerolles is a great place for sailing.Great walks - Explore the island's beautiful coastline.Fishing - Go out deep sea fishing from the harbour.
Le Mas du Langoustier 50 rooms from £132Porquerolles, Ile de Porquerolles
Nestled between pines and eucalyptus trees, Le Mas du Langoustier is a peaceful hideaway with a principally French clientele, excellent cooking and a relaxing atmosphere.On the beach - There's a semi wild private beach just steps from the main building......just ask for a towel!Sights nearby - Explore the botanical gardens. There's a half hourly shuttle bus that'll take you to the village or harbourSpa - A wellness centre offers chromotherapy treatments and a wide range of massages, manicures & facialsHideaway - True escapism. Pack some good books and not much else.