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Walking Porquerolles Island : beaches and pétanque !

Walking Porquerolles Island : beaches and pétanque !


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Based in the quaint Riviera town of Le Lavandou right by the Med sea - an authentic in its feel and its people -  you explore some of the best kept secrets of the Riviera !

Its pristine and untamed coastline paths, and two of the “Golden islands” just off the coast, absolute paradise of nature and walking paths : Porquerolles & Port Cros.

Famous for its wild coast and sandy beaches on cristalline blue deep sea, ideal for snorkeling thanks to its exceptionnal "Marine Reserve".

End of your trip in the exploration of the hidden jewel: the Mediterranean gardens of Le Rayol.

This is unmistakably hidden Riviera at its best !

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  • 1 dinner included with the famous fish specialty "La Bourride"
  • The pristine wilderness of the islands of Porquerolles and Port Cros
  • Majestic coastline paths and hidden inlets
  • The idden jewel of the Mediterranean gardens of Le Rayol
  • Plenty of swimming opportunities every day !

Day 1

Le Lavandou, by the Med sea

golden island coast

  • Le Lavandou
  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris & Marseille & Toulon & Nice > Hyeres, and then bus to Le Lavandou
  • Private transfer from Marseille, Toulon, Hyeres : please contact us
  • Arriving in the quaint little city of Le Lavandou, settle in for your five-night stay in the heart of Le Lavandou. Stroll along the quayside and beautiful beaches, or sit in one of its cafés and watch the world go by. Centre-stage is the pétanque grounds where the locals come to play every afternoon: pastis is had and the competition is fierce.
  • Dinner included in town in a famous "fish" restaurant and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150m
      - 150m

The island of Porquerolles

porquerolles cristaline sea

  • Le Lavandou > Circular Walk on Porquerolles island > Le Lavandou (3h15 - 7.5 miles)
  • A ferry crossing from Le Lavandou (45 mins., return trip included) takes you to the island of Porquerolles, the biggest of the three Golden islands. You reach the port and walk through its quaint hamlet. The rest of the island is a highly-protected jewel of nature, crossed in every direction by walking paths through the pine forests and arbutus trees. A short climb leads to a lookout where the entire island is at your feet, and the infinite expanse of the Mediterranean in the horizon. A winding path through the heather descends in soft zigzags back to the coastline. Return to the port and ferry ride back to Le Lavandou.
  • Dinner on your own and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 9 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 30m
      - 30m

The untamed coastline and the Presidential fortress

costal walk cabasson beach

  • Le Lavandou > Pellegrin beach > Cabasson beach > Bregançon Fort > Le Lavandou (2h50 - 5.5 miles)
  • Limited climbing along the coastal path
  • Morning taxi transfer to the Pellegrin beach, along the protected coasline path. The path heads through untamed inlets of turquoise waters, lined with wild lavender and cistus flower. The protected coastline is magical, a perfect postcard ! Halfway through your walk a timely beach appears, an opportunity for a swim and, as an option, one of the best restaurants along the coast, specializing in seafood and pizzas, and all cooked over a wood fire. You continue your journey along the coastal path to reach the centuries-old Brégançon fort, now used as a summer retreat for the French President. Transfer back to Le Lavandou
  • Dinner on your own and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 9 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

Port Cros National Park

port cros fish port

  • Le Lavandou > Circular Walk on Port Cros Island > Le Lavandou (3h - 5.6 miles)
  • EXTRA additionnal LOOP : 1h45- 5.5km, +150m/-150m
  • A ferry ride (30mn - return trip included) takes you to Port Cros National Park, where heather grows as thick as trees, and the massive cork oaks line the majestic walking paths. This is the most rugged and preserved of the islands. The island sees few visitors, especially during the offseason, where you have the feeling of having the island to yourself. The island’s coastline benefits from the same protection, and nearing the waters you can see scores of colourful fish and aquatic plants : a paradise for snorkelling! Your walk takes you along a shaded and lush valley to the island’s summit, overlooking the sheer cliffs where circling peregrine falcons await their prey. The shale paths glow with golden mica, remaining atop the majestic southern cliffs, before leading you back to the port.
  • Dinner on your own and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 5

The hidden jewel: the Mediterranean gardens of Le Rayol

domaine du rayol botanical garden porquerolles

  • Today, you have a free day to discover the exceptionnal botanical gardens of the "Domaine de Rayol"
  • Short transfer by public bus to Le Rayol Canadel village( 20/30 mn ride. Bus ticket 3€ not included)
  • Le Rayol is a tiny village, nestled in lush and peaceful nature: cork oaks, heather, eucalyptus and arbutus trees. The "Domaine du Rayol" is a garden paradise by the sea with wild & rocky cliffs, sandy beaches with crystal clear water, and an exceptionally rich marine life. The suggested trails through the landscaped botanical gardens can last from 90 minutes to 3 hours ... depending how fascinated you are by the botonical gardens ! There's  a restaurant in the gardens, or you can enjoy one of the restaurants of the village.  Then enjoy a great swim in the Med sea on the beach before your bus ride back to Le Lavandou
  • Night in Le Lavandou

Day 6

Bye Bye Provence

lavandou porquerolles village

  • End of your trip after breakfast
  • Return : Bus Le Lavandou > Hyeres, and then regular train lines from Hyeres > Paris & Marseille & Toulon & Nice 
  • Private transfer to Marseille, Toulon, Hyeres : please contact us
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

Sup per period
    • Unavailable
    • Very high + 110€
    • High + 50€
    • Low

Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

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    Hotel la Petite Boheme - Le Lav...

    At only 200m from the beach (5mn), the "Petite Boheme hotel" is a small 2* family-run hotel in the heart  of Le Lavandou village.

    You will appreciate the breakfast in the garden & courtyard, along with the restaurant

  • Hotel Espadon *** - Lavandou

    Hotel Espadon *** - Lavandou

    Just steps from the golden beaches of the Mediterranean sea, the 3* hotel Espadon is nestled in the heart of the village of Le Lavandou, surrounded by quaint cafés and restaurants.

    Rooms have all been recently renovated, yet the hotel has kept its authentic charm. We've chosen the rooms with a sea view. Breakfast is served in a delightful dining area overlooking the sea.

    Walk Inn guests are given rooms with a private terrasse with a sea view !

  • Auberge de la calanque - Le Lavandou

    Auberge de la calanque - Le Lava...

    Located a few steps from the little port of the vilage, the "Auberge de la Calanque" is a charming hotel, in a "art deco" style.

    All rooms have a balcony or a terrasse with a great sea view.

    You will enjoy the large lush garden and the private swimming pool to relax ! 

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room)
  • and subject to availability


  • 5 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Porquerolles boat : return ticket from Le Lavandou
  • Port Cros boat : return ticket from Le Lavandou
  • Transfer from Le Lavandou > Argentiere beach, start of the walk
  • Transfer from the Cabasson beach,end of the walk > Le Lavandou
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region


  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement 
    Simple accommodation : 2290 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 3500 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 500 €uros

Path Restrictions

Important : From June 21st to September 30th
The Golden islands have a high level of protection from forest fire, including restriction of access to its paths. The paths on the islands' interior may be closed, but their coastline paths always remain open. 
In the case of closures you will be given a map at the islands' information centres indicating the paths you may take.

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