UNIQUE, PRESERVED AND WILD, THE GIENS PENINSULA WILL BE THE EXCEPTIONAL SETTING FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS
A unique geological curiosity in the world, the Giens Peninsula is connected to the mainland by 2 5 km long arms of sand, called tombolos. These two arms enclose the Pesquiers salt marshes, which are home to a remarkable ornithological reserve; Flamingos have taken up residence here.
From your camping pitch, mobile home or apartment, set off to discover the Giens Peninsula. Discover the small village of Giens, which has managed to preserve its Provençal character.
On Tuesdays, browse the aisles of the market to discover local products and fresh products, tapenade, olives, anchovies, tomatoes, melons… The fishermen of the port of Niel and the port of La Madrague will make you discover the typical atmosphere of the South with their pointus and will offer you their fresh fish, sea bream, sea bass, red mullet and if the fishing has been good, maybe even a few lobsters.
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF THE GIENS PENINSULA
During your stay on the Giens Peninsula, enjoy the joys of the sea and swimming.
L’Almanarre : With a length of 5 km, this beach is located on the West tombolo. The sand is white and the low water level (on the Giens side) allows children to enjoy swimming in complete safety. In westerly or north-westerly winds (the famous Mistral), there are a large number of windsurfers and kite-surfers. Depending on the strength of the wind, the sea can be rough and have a beautiful wild character. In an easterly wind, this beach is sheltered and the calm that reigns there allows you to discover the colors of a water that will make you dream.
La Bergerie and La Badine : These beaches stretch along the eastern tombolo. The shallow waters allow for easy and safe swimming in front of the Golden Islands. The fine sand is ideal for building the most beautiful castles! On days with a westerly or Mistral wind, these beaches will be sheltered from the wind.
The Four à Chaux, the Pradeau, the Darboussière and the wild coves offer you swimming spots far from the hustle and bustle of the coast for a moment of calm and relaxation on the beach near the Madrague, the Tour Fondue or along the coastal path.
PRM information: The Vignette Beach (Renée Sabran Hospital) and the La Bergerie Beach are adapted for swimming for people with reduced mobility and the visually impaired. In addition, two associations allow people with disabilities and their companions to enjoy the pleasures of the sea (swimming, sea kayaking, jet-skiing, scuba diving, sailing, etc.): Un Fauteuil à la Mer and La Mer Autrement.
THE VILLAGE OF GIENS
The visit to the village of Giens is quick but worth the detour. In the charming little St. Peter’s Church, built in 1833 and renovated between 1988 and 1997, you can admire “[…] painted seascapes in the side chapels, reminding us that we are at the home of Pierre, the patron saint of Provençal fishermen, that we are on the peninsula of Giens with the representation of the isthmus of Almanarre and a great view of the Pointe des Mèdes.”
A few local craft shops and two pottery workshops complete the visit, after a detour to the site of the old castle of Giens, now Square Boualam, a small public garden with an artist’s studio, which offers a magnificent view of the open sea, the islands and the infinitely blue sea to the south, and of the bay of Almanarre, the beaches, the salt marshes and the city of Hyères as a whole to the north.
Complete the walking tour by going down to the Port du Niel, a romantic fishing port 10 minutes from the village, you will be conquered!