One of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Porquerolles, France, is one of three islands located off the sparkling Côte d’Azur coast. An unspoiled paradise, Ile de Porquerolles is best accessed by boat or helicopter, the island is perfect for a day trip or overnight break. The beautiful scenery comprises sandy beaches, stunning coves, coastal cliffs, island vineyards and sprawling pine and eucalyptus forests.
How to Arrive
A destination still off the radar of most travellers, the majority of the beaches are relatively quiet, making them an obvious draw for those with more privileged access.
To enjoy the island in the utmost luxury, take a flight over the island with a helicopter company in France to view the spectacular coastline, crystal waters and unspoiled beaches, before returning to earth to discover the highlights of island life, Porquerolles-style.
Landing is possible by helicopter for those dining or staying at the exclusive Le Mas du Langoustier.
Situated in the western part of the island and accessed by a rough, hilly road, in a forest and perched above two sandy coves, this boutique hotel is one of the most magical and secluded places on the island.
Offering just 49 individual rooms, each with its own character and style, the hotel offers an exceptional level of hospitality and service, including a wellness centre and extraordinary dining experiences.
Where to eat
The Michelin Guide calls the Mas du Langoustier is ‘a sanctuary of gastronomy, hidden between pines and eucalyptuses’. The two restaurants, ‘La Pinède’ and ‘L’Olivier’, share a Michelin star; the cuisine presents a range of Provencal flavours to match the surroundings and stir the senses.
From the terraces off both restaurants, you can drink in the breathtaking vista. Manicured gardens lead to two white beaches edged by the sparkling sea, below the Fort du Grand Langoustier.
What to do
Enjoy the peace or your surroundings and discover the local beaches of the Porquerolles – France at its coastal best. Hike through the pine forests, or rent bicycles and take a picnic to explore the beautiful nature further afield. Visit the Domaine Perzinsky, a family-run vineyard, to sample the local wine, before heading to the 16th century Fort Saint-Agathe to take in the rich history of the island.
Not to miss
A bike ride towards the Moulin de Bonheur (windmill of happiness) offers a wonderful viewpoint over the Cote d’Azur, followed by sunset and cocktails at Bar La Plage terrace/restaurant on the port.
Only after experiencing this haven of peace and tranquillity is it possible to understand why many consider the Porquerolles France’s hidden jewel. The only real difficulty will be tearing yourself away at the end of your visit.