Port Cros National Park is one of the 10 French national parks. Be ready to walk: the island may only be visited on foot. We had a fantastic day exploring this site, the first land-based and aquatic park in Europe. If you like snorkeling and hiking, you’ll have a blast in Port Cros National Park.
We love national parks. Back in Australia, we spend most of our weekends exploring them. It was about time for me to discover a French one. Well, believe me, France can be proud of it. On land or underwater, it was terrific.
So good that we almost missed the last ferry back. I wouldn’t have been too sad to spend one night on the island, but capacity is very limited, and it would have required a lot more advanced planning!
Except at the port when you arrive, you won’t find shops or water while you explore the Port Cros National Park. So don’t forget to fill your water bottles and bring your snorkelling gear!
Our short one-day itinerary in Port Cros National Park
We started with a hike along the South-West coast of the Island, on the Circuit des Cretes.
We went there at the end of the summer, mid-September. The closest beach from the port, La Fausse Monnaie, was still very popular (we’re used to Australian standards now!). However, we surprisingly saw almost no one else on the track.
We didn’t have time to do the full circuit, so we stopped at the Pointe du Cognet and went back the same way. It’s wild, and the views were stunning.
We then went to Plage du Palud (Palud Beach) on the North-West of the island, following the Sentier des Plantes for 45 minutes. We followed the underwater trail for a great snorkelling session that lasted longer that we thought, so we came back running to catch the ferry at the last minute!
Back on the mainland, we still had time to watch the sunset from Bormes-Les-Mimosas, a beautiful Provencal village, where we could enjoy the last view of Port-Cros from far away.
Have you been to Port Cros National Park? Did you like it? Leave a comment below!
Where is Port Cros National Park?
Port-Cros is a French island in the Mediterranean sea. You can catch a ferry boat from Hyeres to get there. It takes between 35 and 60 minutes.
Trains from Paris, Lyon or Marseille will get you to Hyeres station, from where you can catch a bus to the ferry.
The airport – with daily flights to and from Paris – is only 1km away from Hyeres marina.
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Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.