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Discover Port-Cros on foot

The island is part the region of Hyères. It has a total area of 7 sq. km, is 4.5 km long and 2 km wide. It is surrounded by the Gabinière island, the Rocher du Rascas Rock and the island of Bagaud.

The highest point of Port Cros is 199 m at the small Fort de la Vigie, although the Mount Vinaigre (194 m) is often thought of as the highest. The Grande Garde (185 m) et the Mont de la Galère (143 m) are also among the highest hills of the island. Port-Cros once had several rivers, but only one remains in the Vallée de la Solitude, where a small reservoir exists. The island has several other sources of water. The island can be explored on foot, enjoying the 30 km of marked trails along the coast and through the forest.

Port-Cros comptait jadis plusieurs rivières, mais une seule subsiste, dans le Vallon de la Solitude, où une petite retenue existe. Par contre, l'île compte plusieurs sources. L’île de Port-Cros se découvre à pied, au long des 30 km de sentiers balisés sur le littoral comme à l’intérieur de la forêt.

OUR ADVICE on the local rules

  • It is strictly forbidden to camp and smoke on the entire island./li>
  • Dogs must be on lead.
  • Walking shoes are necessary on the hiking trails.
  • The trails can sometimes be difficult or even dangerous, especially on the edge of cliff
  • The trails are not feasible with a pram
The trails
  • The botanical trail - about 3/4 of an hour
    walk Discover the flora and the Mediterranean forest. → see the brochure "Sentier des Plantes"
  • The circuit of the Forts - 4 hour - walk
    Discover the ancient fortifications. Access into the Forts restricted. → see the signs at the entrance and the brochure "Sentinelles de pierre"
  • The trail of the crests - 3 hour hill walk
    Discover the wild landscapes of the south coast of the island and the different animal species of the island. Be careful, this trail is difficult.. → see brochure "Discover the island fauna"
  • The dam - 1 hour walk
    Discover traces of historical and ancient human activity. → see brochure "Vallon de la Solitude" You can collect this brochure from the Park House / the Harbour Master office at the port.