Joint European Stable Isotope User Meeting

General information
About the Giens Peninsula and the surroundings

Located 15 km east of Toulon, 84 km from Marseille and 50 km from Saint-Tropez, the town of Hyères les Palmiers is a small part of a protected Provence at the foot of the Massif des Maures and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea.
With 300 days of sunshine per year, an exceptional countryside and Mediterranean climate, Hyères les Palmiers is also proud of its Islands i.e. Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant, its peninsula of Giens, its medieval centre and its Victorian suburbs.
Hyères les Palmiers has a famous bay and harbours many sport activities such as scuba-diving, sailing, fun board and kite-surf. The town was awarded « Nautical Resort » and « Pavillon bleu » (for the quality of its sea water).

Iles de giens

The Giens peninsula is 6 km long and is attached to the continent by two isthmuses forming a double Tombolo and separating the sea in two. The peninsula is the most Mediterranean part of the Cote d’Azur with its local ports La Madrague, Niel and the Tour Fondue as well as the picturesque village of Giens located at the end of the peninsula. On the east of the peninsula, lies a basin of 27 000 ha facing the Porquerolles Islands, Port Cros and Le Levant. This is a cherished international spot for sailing and water sport competitions and attracts well-known sailors. You can watch the Sailing Tour of France, the pre-Olympic Sailing Competition each year and admire magnificent boats competing during the numerous prestigious regattas. On the west, the Almanarre bay offers a unique spot to Kite-surfers and wind surfers from all over the world. Many champions spend most of their time practising here. Many international events are organised here e.g. Fun Board World Cup, Kite surf World Cup …and a Water sport Fair is organised each year.

Iles de giens

The sandy beaches are white and when the mistral wind (west wind) blows it creates waves and offers an ideal playground. When the east wind blows the beach is protected from the wind and swimming is ideal.Facing the Islands, the architecture of this medieval town portrays the Provence history. You can enjoy the warm sun in the winding narrow streets and under the palm trees, visit the craft shops, markets, fresh fish shops, flower shops and buy the local olives.There are many cafés, terraces and restaurants, street animations, guided visits all year round.

Iles de giens

Further to the north the Borrels and Sauvebonne Valleys are environmentally protected areas. Mainly agricultural, you can find local home products, fruit trees, vineyards or flower growers (roses etc). It is ideal for excursions by foot, horse or bicycle.