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The Var, land of exception between sea and mountain

Hyères and its peninsula of Giens, an idyllic situation

The city of Hyères is full of little corners of paradise to discover during your holidays at the campsite La Bergerie Plage. You will have only a few kilometers to go to stroll in the small paved streets of the historic center of Hyères or to discover the marvelous panoramic sight of the medieval castle letting appear the littoral of Londe until Toulon.

This region offers a vast and very green nature, hike on the steep paths of the peninsula to discover the many coves with turquoise waters along the coast, walk the island of Porquerolles on foot or by bike (rental available on the island) and stop for a moment to enjoy the sandy beaches.

Hyères is surrounded by many typical Provencal villages such as Bormes-les-Mimosas or Lavandou, a little further you can discover Toulon and Arsenal or the fabulous Calanques of Cassis, classified as a natural park, not to mention the famous city of Saint Tropez with its famous Pampelonne beach!

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Diving around Hyères

All around the port of Hyères, in the Gulf of Giens and between the islands, diving has many adepts.
Our region is extremely rich in varied dive sites : wrecks of ships and airplanes, dry aeras and spectacular drop offs, as well as the charming coves sheltered by the Peninsula Giens.

Sport diving has as its main purpose the discovery of the underwater world, fishing is forbidden to the diver equipped with scuba and therefore reserved for the snorkeling diver. Pick-ups are regulated.

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Longe-coast on the beach of la Bergerie

The beach of La Bergerie is shallow on the edge, un advantage not only for children but also for the longe-coast adepts, sporty or simple walkers.
The longe-coast or water hiking is a sport that you can practice on sandy beaches. It consists of walking with water up to the waist, possibly using a paddle to advance.

Walking is good for your health and in water it's even better. Whatever your age, throw yourself in the water in any season and discover the longe-coast, an excellent activity for your heart, back and balance.

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Visit Porquerolles and Port-Cros

Several shipping companies and taxi boats undertake regular connections with the islands from La Tour Fondue in Giens or the port of Hyères.

Porquerolles

The island of Porquerolles is the largest and most western of the islands of Hyères in the Var department and the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region. With an area of 12.54 km2 it forms an arc facing east-west, with cut edges, 7.5 km long and 3 km wide. Its perimeter is about 30 kilometers. The island culminates at the semaphore at 142 m. It owes its conservation status to the fact that it is French State property since 1971 and enjoys the status of "National Park" since 2012. Departure from the Fondue Tower in Giens.

Port-Cros

Port-Cros is one of the three islands of Hyères, coastal archipelago in the Mediterrenean Sea, off the bay of Hyères. 4.5 km long and 2 km wide, its highest point is at 199 m above sea level, summit of the archipelago. The presence of sources explains its rich vegetation.

In the early 1960s, its owner gave it to the State against the promise of making it a national park, a reserve of fauna and flora. The National Park of Port-Cros was created December 14,1963. This national, land and marine, park is the only one of which the State is almost entirely owner. Departure from Saint Pierre port.

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Sea kayak at La Bergerie

From the beach of La Bergerie, try your hand at kayaking and discover the shore and the creeks of the Peninsula Giens in a different way.

Sea kayaking allows a so-called coastal navigation inviting you to explore unsuspected maritime landscapes, in places inaccessible on foot. Nowadays, it's the ideal way to discover the coast and its nature, because it is thus possible to sneak into a sea cave or between rocks and to discover the wonderful wild coves of the Peninsula Giens and the islands of Hyères.

The sea kayak is environmentally friendly, in fact its mode of propulsion is ecological and silent. After a little technical initiation to the handling of the paddle and the kayak, you will quickly get some ease in the boat allowing you to evolve and direct you wherever you want.

Small traditional ports, secret creeks, mysterious caves, steep cliffs will not fail to seduce you and to enchant you. This activity has more and more followers, lovers of large spaces and nature, sailors of one day or real wolves of the seas. Everyone finds in this boat the way to realize his dreams, to satisfy his curiosity or just to relax.

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Hyères, its medieval center and its old castle

With more than 2400 years of history, the city of Hyères will make you travel through its rich heritage. Located at 200m altitude on the hill of Castéou, the old castle of Hyères vestige of the XIII century dominates the city with a breathtaking view. At the foot of the castle, the historic and medieval center will take you from the time of the Templars with the Sainte-Blaise tower located on Place Massillon to the grand hotels of the nineteenth century frequented by Queen Victoria. The streets and squares of old Hyères now host many shops and restaurants but also concerts in summer. You will discover along the paved streets the ramparts of the medieval city, in total 9 towers and 5 doors that will make you travel in another time ...

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The best kitesurf spots of the Var

All water sports enthusiasts will tell you, Hyères is one of the best kitesurfing and windsurfing spots in the Var, known for its idyllic weather conditions. Two beaches are specifically adapted to this practice, the beach of La Bergerie and the beach of Almanarre. An ideal playground between a natural reserve, the double tombolo of the peninsula of Giens and the Golden Islands: Porquerolles, the Levant and Port-Cros. To learn or improve many schools of water sports are at your disposal, or just take the time to enjoy this show of colorful sails on the water.

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Almanarre and the many beaches of Hyères

The peninsula of Giens is bordered on both sides by long sandy beaches: on one side the family beaches of the Capte, the Shepherd and the Badine, with shallow water, all more char-mantes some that others, from the wildest to the most equipped, a wide choice is offered to you. On the other side, the famous Almanarre beach, famous for its breathtaking sunsets, stretches for more than 5km, it is bordered by the salt road and the Salins des Pesquiers which make all its charm.

At the foot of the peninsula of Giens are small beaches and coves that you can discover as the Madrague, the beach of Bouvet or Baume, after the port the large beach of Ayguade and its lively village will be you charm just like the beach of Salins deemed to be sheltered from the wind.

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Observe the birds with salt from Hyères

The Salins d'Hyères are divided in two: the old saline and saline Pesquiers which form the center of the double tombolo of the peninsula of Giens. These two wetlands list more than 200 species of birds.
The nature area organizes guided tours animated by the Bird Protection League all year round, a visit based at the same time on the discovery of the fauna and the flora but also on the sensitization to the environment. A free visit is also possible on a part of the site with a route to be done on foot or by bike. This track called "Levée de Saint Nico-las" is designed for the discovery of fauna and flora.

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