The beauty of travelling on your own is that you meet total strangers who become friends for a lifetime, you taste food you didn't know existed or you get lost and arrive at places that you didn’t plan to pay a visit.
In June 2014, when travelling with my husband between Saint Tropez and Marseille, I asked our hotel manager for a recommendation on something to do in the area, different from what we had already seen and done. He told us about Porquerolles, the island with fine sand beaches and turquoise waters that everyone falls in love with.
At the beginning I was a bit skeptical, because of the amount of beaches I had already seen on the French Rivera. I thought that nothing could surprise me anymore.
But I was sooo mistaken...
Porquerolles is a little corner of paradise, where the island's tranquility is only disturbed by the noise of the gentle waves clashing against the seashore. It’s only a short ferry-ride away from the vivid towns and cities along Cote d'Azur.
What makes it so unique
How to get there
The most convenient way to get to Porquerolles Island is by ferry from the port of Giens. The ferry leaves every half hour during the main summer season (July - August) from 7:30 to 19:00. A return ticket costs 19,50€.
For more information go to the TLV ferry service website: http://www.tlv-tvm.com/en/.
There is a large open car parking lot at the Tour Fondue, just a few steps away from the harbor for 11,50€ a day. More information on that specific parking lot and alternative ones in the surrounding area can be found under the following website (unfortunately only in French).
You can also take the ferry from the port of Le Lavandou. The trip takes about 40 minutes. Additional information on the departure schedule and fares can be found under following website (unfortunately only in French).
There are some beautiful, boutique hotels on the island itself, which needed to be booked well in advance, especially during the busy summer season:
Where to eat
There are some restaurants and bars on the island, that serve dishes inspired by Provencal cuisine: