Some small winks to help you organize your stay in the "Gîte du Pagoulin" taking full advantage of the surroundings ...
This is only a slim overview of what you can do or visit during your stay in the "Gîte du Pagoulin". The best is to come and discover our region by yourself! See you soon at the "Gîte du Pagoulin"!
Hyères historic center
The old Hyères, dominated by the ruins of the medieval castle, is perched on a hill. Stroll through its colorful streets enjoying a splendid view of the Golden Isles and the Var hinterland. Do not miss: street Massillon, Templar tower, St. Paul collegiale church, the medieval castle, the Villa Noailles (modern art which hosts exhibitions on architecture and photography)... Free shuttles to the city center 1 km from the house.
Giens, Porquerolles and Port-Cros
The Giens peninsula abounds of beautiful coves that can be discovered by walking on the coastal path or when diving. Porquerolles Island has beautiful sandy beaches, accessible by walking and cycling. Port-Cros Island is a National Park, hiker's paradise, where there is also a marked trail submarine. Maritime shuttles provide the link all day between Hyères and the "Golden Isles".
The Salt Road and Hyères salt marshes
The Salt Road connects Hyères to Giens peninsula, along the Almanarre beach famous for funboard and kitesurfing. The road closed to motorists from October to April, offers a pleasant walk or bike in the unspoilt nature of Hyères salt marshes, where we can observe flamingos and many other migratory birds species.
The remarkable gardens
The Olbius Riquier garden 15 minutes walk from the house, covers almost 7 acres and includes games, train and pony club for children.
The St. Bernard Park and the Castel St. Claire in the historic city center of Hyères, provide a beautiful panomara on the city and its islands.
Toulon, its roadstead and Mount Faron
20 km from the house, Toulon roadstead houses the first French military harbor and is renowned for being one of the finest natural roadstead in Europe. You can discover it by boat during a guided tour, or from the top of Mount Faron after an ascent by cable car. A zoo on top of Mount Faron worths a visit. Why not enjoy your visit to see a game of Rugby Club Toulon in Mayol stadium?
Fun activities in the air and underground
In the vineyard of Castille 10 km from the house, you can have fun on the tree climbing course in the freshness of the trees. Walks tours through the vineyards will make you discover the winery.
On the commune of Pradet 10 km from the house, the Cap Garonne mine is one of the 5 most beautiful mineralogical sites in the world. The visit of the old copper mine will delight young and old.
DO NOT MISS, A LITTLE FURTHER...
Located 20 km from the house, the medieval village of Bormes-les-Mimosas is perched on a hill at the foot of the Maures and offers a panoramic view of the Golden Isles. The Mimosa Festival is held every year in February. During your visit, do not miss the handcrafted soap factory of the village. See also the path: wineries, Fort Brégançon, walks on the coastal path...
Sainte-Baume and Saint-Maximin
At 60 km from the house, straddling the Var and the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Sainte-Baume is a limestone wall more than 1100 m above sea level, 14 km long. Many hiking trails allow you to discover the site. Its cliffs are home to the cave of Mary Magdalene, a place of pilgrimage. You can pair your visit with one of the Basilica of Saint-Maximin, considered the most beautiful Gothic building in Provence.
Collobrières and the Chartreuse of the Verne
30 km from the house in the Maures, Collobrières is a Provençal village considered the "capital of the chestnut." The chestnut festival takes place every year in October. Enjoy your visit to discover the beautiful Chartreuse of the Verne, in the heart of the forest of oak and chestnut.
- Other ideas for visits on the website Esprit parc national de Port-Cros and also www.visitvar.fr
- The agenda of events in Hyères on the website of the Tourist Office of the city.
- A description of cycle tracks on the coast between Six-Fours and Saint-Raphaël.
- Itineraries of walking tours on the coastal path. We also have maps and hikes itineraries that we can lend you during your stay (IGN 3646 OT : Hyères et île de Porquerolles - IGN 3245 ET : Aubagne, La Ciotat, Massif de la Sainte-Baume - IGN 3145 ET : Marseille, les Calanques - Carte marine et terrestre de l'île de Port-Cros).