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An exceptional nature

Port-CrosThe island of Port-Cros introduced the steepest terrain of Hyères (Iles d'Or, Gold Islands), although Mount Vinegar, its highest point, does not exceed 194 metres. The south of the island offers steep cliffs and narrow valleys oriented north, where they reach the sea for them to melt many creeks that sailors once valued for their homeless forth. The maritime influence regulates temperatures, cool storms mistral. The winters are mild, hot, dry summers.

It travels to Port-Cros to benefit from its exceptional nature, preserved since 1963 by the National Park of Port-Cros, which extends over the island of Bagaud and islets of the Gabinière and Rascas. The island was given to the state by a couple, Marcel and Marceline Henry, against the promise of making a national park, reserve of fauna and flora.

The National Park of Port-Cros occupies an area of 700 hectares of land and 1288 hectares of marine areas, making it the first marine park in Europe. It was created on December 14, 1963 and is the only state which is entirely owner.

Port-Cros, who was the Messé (Middle Island) Greeks, owes its present name in the form of a hollow small harbour. Some fishermen's houses, a small church, a castle fill the perimeter of the bay that dominates the height of Eminence. Port-Cros is more steep than its neighbors.

In the twentieth century, Port-Cros was regularly frequented by many intellectuals, including André Malraux, André Gide, Saint-John Perse, Paul Valéry or Jules Supervielle who made highlight of his Moulin family residence.

Pictures of Port-Cros

Plage de La Palud à Port-Cros Port Man Rocher du Rascas

Around Port-Cros

Toulon - Giens - Porquerolles - Ile du Levant - Côte d'Azur - Carqueiranne - Le Lavandou - Bormes les Mimosas - Bandol - Sanary sur Mer - Six Fours les Plages -

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