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The town of Hyères|Hyères-les-Palmiers|The peninsula of Giens |The Collegiate Church of St. Paul|The island of Porquerolles|The archaeological site of Olbia|

Hyères les Palmiers

Very popular in the 19th century for the mildness of its climate, Hyères with its medieval old town and its palm trees has retained its charm. Beaches, trails along the creeks, the hot Mediterranean sun and the Hyères Islands are a haven of peace. The resort is named "Hyeres les Palmiers» due to the 7'000 Palm trees planted in the municipality and grown.

Brief summary of history

The city ravaged by the wars asked the King François Ier special protection on the Islands. From the beginning of the 18th century, Hyères is deemed to be a pleasant residence in winter. She also known internationally for its vegetable-growing and its nurseries of trees with rare and exotic species.

Hyères becomes around 1830 a tourist destination and a climate resort renowned for its spa. Hotel Hyères, the Queen Victoria, Lamartine, Tolstoy, Michelet and Stevenson. The Grand Hotel and the Moorish villas, reflect the taste for the Orient.

In Hyères

  • The Collegiate Church St. Paul this permanent exhibition of ex-voto, that tell of events that took place during the wars of Religion.
  • The Saint-Louis church with its three-door topped with a rose and cornice, demonstrates the passage of the provencal gothic novel.
  • The so-called Saint-Blaise Chapel 'Tower of the Templars' is a commandery built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century.
  • Château Saint-Bernard and the fragments of the first city walls dominate the site from which the escarpment was retained for its defence.
  • At the Summit, the Castle keeps that remains from the 13th to the 15th century which escaped its dismantlement in 1620.

The archaeological site of Olbia

In the middle of the 4th BC, the Greeks of Marseille based on the shores of the Gulf of Giens, a fortified trading post called Olbia. These ports of step were intended to protect pirates Marseille merchant ships enroute to the Italy. 1st BC, Olbia passed under Roman domination and continues to have an important economic activity. Olbia is the only town of Greek origin held in France in its entirety and open to the public. It is exceptional by its history and its remains.
Archaeological site of Olbia - L'almanarre 83400 Hyères district - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 65 51.

The Park Olbius Riquier

The Park Olbius Riquier, is the main public park of Hyères. With an area of 70'000 m2 Park is home to approximately 2000 trees and cactus from around the world. It is labeled "remarkable Garden". It is both a pleasure garden and a botanical garden with many rare exotic essences. A small Wildlife Park is located in the garden.
Parc Olbius Riquier - avenue Joseph-Clotis, 83400 Hyères - Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 00 78 65.

The peninsula of Giens

The Giens peninsula is attached to the Mainland by two cords of alluvial deposits of 4 kilometres in length. A large area of landscaped salt marsh is a refuge and a stage for migratory birds.

Around the peninsula of Giens, sites are to be discovered: Giens, a charming provencal village, the charming the Niel and the small port of la Madrague. The salt Route is ideal for cycling or walking tours.

The iles d'Or

The islands of Hyères are called "Golden Islands", is an archipelago of three islands located off the coast of the town of Hyères. The Levant is the mineral, Port-Cros, the most mountainous and Porquerolles, the largest and the most seaside.

The island of Porquerolles is distinguished by the variety of its landscapes. Between the tip of the Medes and the lobster boat, the cliffs follow one another and small wind sheltered coves. The village of Porquerolles has preserved its typical character.

The golf courses near Hyères

  • The beautiful Golf de Valcros (at 18 km from Hyères). 83250 la Londe-les-Maures. Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 66 81 02.
  • The golf of Valgarde (12.4 km from Hyères). Rabasson road, 83130 La Garde. Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 14 01 05.

Useful information :

Address :
83400 Hyères

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Tourist Hyères Avenue of Belgium, 83400 Hyères Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 01 84 50

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