HYERES, MY PLACE
Written by Marc Fresnay on 19/11/2017
Hyères in south eastern France, is in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
The old town Hyères was a medieval port and it remains a delightful walled city with fascinating old buildings, attractive streets, and lively bars and restaurants.
Hyères, only 4km from the sea is set around the Castle of Saint Bernard. Just a short distance from the coast is a group of islands also named Hyères. Boat trips to explore the islands are popular with visitors.
The town has a long history, as evidenced by the Greek and Roman antiquities found in the area, and the town was first recorded in 964. It is also well connected to the aristocracy throughout its history. It was originally under the control of Viscount of Marseille, but later sovereignty passed to Charles of Anjou. In 1254 it was here that Louis X1 King of France landed upon his return from the Crusades.
The Hyères region is the sunniest in the South of France, and the town is referred to as Hyères Les Palmiers due to it being a major centre for the exportation of Palm trees.
Hyères sits on a 39km Peninsula fringed with beautiful uncrowded sandy beaches. It is a paradise for sun-seeking beach lovers. In the 19th century it became a favorite seaside holiday spot for the rich and famous, including Queen Victoria, and its popularity continues today. It is also popular with winter tourists due to its position facing the Mediterranean There are plenty of water activities and visitors enjoy deep sea fishing, scuba diving, sailing and windsurf.
Around Hyères there are many miles of unspoilt countryside to explore, including Maures a large area of forest that is a popular walking and cycling destination with excellent walking and horse riding and cycling routes.
Hyères is perfect for those seeking sunshine, sandy beaches, the sea , beautiful countryside and not forgetting an opportunity to sample what is reputed to be the best seafood in France.