Hyères-les-Palmiers is a seaside resort in the department of the Var, between Toulon and Bormes-les-Mimosas.
Hyères faces south, towards the Mediterraneans and the Golden Isles. It has an extremely mild climate, which is just as pleasant in winter.
Hyères-les-Palmiers owes its name to the 7000 palm trees planted in the commune. Starting in 1850, enthusiastic horticulturists carried out their first experiments in acclimatizing tropical plants; their renown was international and since they exported throughout Europe. As a result, many properties and houses date from the 19th century.
On the heights of Hyères
St. Paul Cgurch of Hyères and Templar tower
Facades of houses in Hyères
Port le Niel, the marina of Hyères
The marina of Hyères-les-Palmiers
The Tour Fondue tower
The Tour Royale tower
Villa Noailles in Hyères
The town plays an essential role in the growing of palm trees as well as in floriculture and viticulture. Amateurs and professionals, gardeners and nature enthusiasts, families and children will love the many remarkable gardens such as the garden at the Saint-Bernard Park in which sits the famous Villa Noailles from the 1920s, the Olbius Riquier garden, the Sainte-Claire botanical garden of tropical plants and even the zoo.
In Antiquity, Hyères was occupied by the Greeks and Romans. The château of Hyères existed already in the Middle Ages. The city traversed the centuries, suffering from the Black Death that spread from Marseille in 1347 and devastated more than a third of the population. A second epidemic in 1580 caused several deaths. Then came the wars of religion, the French Revolution, bringing us to the 19th century when the palm tree industry took off.
Strolling the narrow lanes of the historic centre, you will discover the medieval houses and the Saint-Paul Collegiate Church and Sainte Blaise Chapel dating from the 12th and 13th centuries.
There are also many beautiful beaches in Hyères and a trip to the Iles d'Or islands is a must.
In the area around Hyères:
The Iles d'Or: a group of three magnificent islands – a paradise for lovers of an untamed and preserved natural environment.
Toulon: the historic French naval city.
Bormes les Mimosas: the town, as its name implies, of mimosa.