On Thursday we took the ferry to Porquerolles, one of the Islands of Hyeres, just a mile or so offshore.
The arrow is pointing at our campsite, a stones throw from the harbour.
On the way over we chatted to a charming French English teacher (if that makes sense) called Catherine, from Lyons who was on holiday here, it being the French half term this week.
You can hire bikes for 15 euros each, or bring a bike over on the ferry for about the same price but the Island isn’t huge and we explored on foot. Colin applied for a trip in a bike cart but was outvoted.
There is a Château on the hill to visit, just next to the windmill.
We carried on to the opposite side of the Island, only about 2 miles, where there is a lighthouse and some dramatic cliffs.
We walked back through olive groves. The island was bought by a guy called Fournier in 1911 with money he’d made mining silver in Mexico. He set up vineyards and there is a flourishing wine trade here. The Island is now almost completely owned by the State and kept largely as a nature reserve, with a few privately owned vineyards.
We got back to the harbour at about 2pm, perfect timing for a three course binge at one of the local restaurants.
We visited one of the local beaches in the afternoon. Dogs not allowed so we sat in the woods nearby and read for a while.
Nia spotted this masterpiece on the side of a van whilst I was in the Post Office.
There was also a picture of the harbour.
There are palms everywhere. I have collected a few seeds to see whether I can tempt them to grow in the greenhouse back home.
We caught the 5.30 pm ferry back over to La Tour Fondue for the last night of the stay here. Tomorrow St Tropez, or thereabouts.