Cruise Port Atlas | Porquerolles, France Day Trips | Attractions

Porquerolles, France Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Porquerolles: Star Clippers

Key Attractions: St. Agatha Fortress, Botanical Park, Notre Dame (beach), La Courtade (beach), Plage d'Argent, Hiking Trails, Bike Trails, Diving, Domaine de la Courtade, Domaine de l'Ile, Domaine Perzinsky

Porquerolles' Historical Landmarks and Botanical Conservatory

Port to Place d'Armes (City Center) - 0.4 KM, 1 minute, 4 minute walk
Port to St. Agathe Fort - 0.9 KM, 2 minutes, 12 minute walk
Port to Lighthouse - 6.3 KM, 17 minutes
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Overlooking the port is Fort St. Agathe which was built in 1531 to protect the island and can be toured. There are 4 other fortresses on the island which can be viewed when hiking or biking but not toured. On the southern coast of the island is the dramatic lighthouse from which there are great views in every direction. In the small town is a classic little 19th century church. And just outside town is a windmill. The Botanical Conservatory was established in 1979 and became a national institution in 1990. It features a plant from several regions of southern France including citrus, stone fruit, palm, olive and many other varieties of trees and plants.

     

   

Photo of Porquerolles harbor and St. Agathe Fort by Baptiste Rossi

Porquerolles' Beaches

Port to Plage de Courtade - 1.3 KM, 4 minutes, 16 minute walk
Port to Plage de Notre Dame - 3.5 KM, 10 minutes
Port to Plage d'Argent - 7 KM, 18 minutes, 24 minute walk
Port to beaches near Fort Grand Langoustier - approximately 10 KM, about 25 minutes
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There are three large beaches along the north coast of the island: Plage de Notre Dame, Plage de la Courtade and Plage d'Argent. Just below Fort Saint Agathe is Plage de la Courtade, the islands largest and most popular beach area, with very clear waters and white sand. Plage de Notre-Dame is a pebble beach that is preferred by those who enjoy a more rustic setting. Plage d'Argent is the smallest of the three and offers some facilities. There are also two small undeveloped beaches near the western end of the island located on either side of a narrow isthmus near where the Great Lobster (Grand Languostier) Fortress is located.

        

   

Photo of Plage de Courtade by Promethee33

Active and Ecotourism on Porquerolles

Bicycle Rentals, Maps, Boat Rentals, Dive Operators in the town about 0.5 kilometers from the dock
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The French government owns 80% of the island to protect it from overdevelopment, so activities are limited to those with low impact such as hiking and biking. Trails have been laid out all over the islands allowing visitors the opportunity to get close to the geology and nature of the beautiful island. Along the coast are a large number of shipwrecks, which are favorites with divers.

              

   

Photo of Porquerolles southern cliffs by Vincent

Porquerolles' Vineyards

Port to Domaine de L'ile - approximately 10 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Domaine de la Courtade - approximately 3 KM, 6 minutes
Port to Domaine de L'ile - 0.5 KM, 2 minutes, 5 minute walk
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The island has three vineyards. Domaine de L'ile offers reds, roses and whites in the fine Provencal tradition (Cotes de Provence AOC) and is the oldest on the island and still run by the descendents of Joseph Fournier, who purchased the island for his wife in 1912. Domaine de la Courtade produces some excellent wines, which are also Cotes de Provence AOC. Established in the 1980s, they offer reds, whites and roses on two different labels. L'ile and Courtade offer tours of their vineyards. Chateau Perzinsky is a relatively new family-owned vineyard with a store in the village.

     

   

Photo of Vinyard and St. Agathe Fort by Baptiste Rossi

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

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