Welcome to Hyères-les-palmiers
Located in the Southern part of the Cote D’Azur -1.5 h from Marseille or Nice and 45 min. from Saint-Tropez-, Hyères benefits from an exceptional natural heritage and mild climate. Besides being home to the National Park of Port-Cros, a biodiversity reserve, and the Archipelago les Iles d'Or (three islands: Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Le Levant) Hyeres looks over 2400 years of history. The city of the 7000 palm trees also hosts major international events on its 27,000 hectares of water and more than a hundred kilometres of preserved coasts.
Hyères, 2400 years of history
Hyères invites its visitors to walk in the footsteps of those who shaped its history and architecture: Olbia, a greek commercial outpost on the shores of the Mediterranean that dates back to the 4th century B.C.; the ruins of the medieval castle built in the 11th century by the local Lords of Fos dominating the colourful labyrinth of streets of the old town; the rich facades and gardens of its 19th century palaces and grand hotels that used to welcome kings, queens, artists and writers; the Villa Noailles that attracted the artistic avantgarde to town in the 20th century.
An exceptional natural heritage
Hyères comprises the Giens peninsula, stretching out between sky and sea. Tied to the mainland by a double tombolo, a unique geological formation, Hyeres is home to the salt marshes, now an ornithological reserve with over 260 species of migratory and sedentary birds, and to the National Park of Port-Cros and its preserved Golden Isles, even better off-season. Four "Remarkable Gardens" and many other natural areas are invite the visitors to discover rare and exotic species. Many roads in the heart of nature help discover the many facets of Hyères territory.
A destination for sport-lovers
Its long sand beaches are perfect for swimming and practicing nautical sports. The bike paths offer another way to explore the area. For divers, the submarine depths are rich in flora and offer the nicest shipwrecks of the Mediterranean. For specialists, amateurs or beginners, Hyères offers a large number of activities year-round: whale-watching in the heart of the Pelagos Sanctuary, swimming, snorkeling , kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing, funboard, sea kayaking, stand-up paddling, diving, hiking, cycling ...
Events you can't miss...
- ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères (april)
- International Festival of Fashion and Photography 2014 (april)
- The Reed Festival (may)
- Porquerolles' Week (may)
- WoW (may / november)
- Design Parade 9 (july)
- Midi Festival (july)
- Porquerolles Jazz Festival (july)
- Les festival'Hyères (july-august)
- Le Grand Prix de l'Almanach (october)
Things you can't miss
- Stroll through the picturesque medieval centre.
- Enjoy the local products and AOC Provence wines.
- Savour a cool break in one of the three "remarkable gardens".
- Go birdwatching in the salt marshes and look for flamingos and egrets.
- Spend a day in the "Iles d'Or".
- Go hiking on the coast or in the Borrels.
- Spend time on one of the numerous beaches of Hyeres.
- Go kitesurfing in one of the best spots in Europe: l'Almanarre.
- Enjoy a siesta under one of our 7000 palmtrees...
How to get there
- By plane
Direct flight from London to Hyeres – Toulon airport with CityJet and Ryanair.
1.5h away from Nice and Marseille airports.
- By train
From London to Hyeres (via Paris or Lille) with Eurostar and TGV.
- By car
From Paris : A7 then A8 to Aix-en-Provence, Toulon and A57 Hyères.
From Nice : A8, then A57 to Hyères.
- By boat
Port Saint-Pierre - 43°04,7 N - 06°09,6 ECarte SHOM 7282 – 6951
Capitainerie d’Hyères :Tel: +33 (0)4 94 12 54 40
Hyeres Tourist Office
Rotonde du Park Hôtel
Avenue de Belgique
Tel: +33(0)4 94 01 84 50