Hyères is a town and commune in the southeast of France, located 15 km (10 m) east of Toulon. Known as the palm tree capital of Europe, it is the oldest and most southerly Mediterranean seaside resort in mainland France. The old town lies 4 km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Between the old town and the sea lies the pine-covered hill of Costebelle, which overlooks the peninsula of Giens.
Near Hyeres is a tiny archipelago, with three main islands, Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Levant. These are covered in half-destroyed, rebuilt or abandoned forts, dating from the sixteenth century and were a favorite hide out for pirates. Boat trips to the islands are available from the waterfront area of Hyeres.
Things to See & Do
* Boat trip to the Iles d'Hyeres
* Jardin Olbius-Riquier - tropical gardens and zoo
* Cable car to Mont Faron for views of the old city
* Municipal Museum
* Opera House
Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro ()
Language - French
Land Area - 132.28 km²
Population - 55,000 approx
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 33
Port Location - The port is located on the Hyeres waterfront within walking distance of the town center.
Travel Links - The airport, which is known officially as the Toulon-Hyères International Airport, is situated 4 km to the southeast of the town centre, on a sandy plane close to the seashore. There are currently scheduled flights to and from Brest, Bordeaux, Brussels, London, Lorient, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam and Stockholm.
Hyères is also easily accessible by sea or land, since the city boasts a train station with TGV (bullet train) service, a bus station with many regional links, 4 marinas with a total of 3,150 berths and regular boat services to the Golden Isles : Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Le Levant.