Continue your historic walk to the ruins of the castle (Château d’Hyères)… Built in the 11th century by the Lords of Fos, at the top of the hill overlooking the sea, the old castle, rebuilt over the centuries, was intended to observe and coastal defence, including pirate attacks. Walk the paths laid out under the trees, pass through the ruins, towers and ramparts to the observation tables, from where the view is breathtaking over the city, the peninsula of Giens, and the three Golden Islands, which stretch a stone’s throw from the continent, including the radiant Port-Cros and its eponymous National Park created in 1963.
Understand why an anonymous person wrote in 1861: « I have just visited the ruins of the old castle, and enjoyed this immense point of view. This day restores to my heart all the freshness of youth and memory. »
At the beginning of the 20th century, the city took on new life with its mild winters and became a renowned seaside resort, frequented in particular by Queen Victoria from 1892, following the footsteps of the British aristocracy who came to enjoy the fresh air and the sun of this winter tourism. Hyères attracts artists and writers through the decades…
Camping Hyères only became popular from the 1960s, with the strong growth in departures on family holidays by the sea.