The 12 most beautiful walks around Hyères

La boucle centrale de Porquerolles

Hiking in Hyères is the best way to discover all the beauty of this commune of the Var and its surroundings: islands and peninsulas, beaches and salt marshes, as well as limestone reliefs make up varied walking terrain, always with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop.

A spa town from the earliest days of tourism, Hyères has always been dedicated to relaxation and well-being. It has to be said that the setting lends itself to this: the varied territory of the commune and its surroundings is not just a call to idleness, but an invitation to hike, and there’s plenty to do for walkers! From flat, uncomplicated routes to longer, more demanding hikes, there’s something for every taste and every level with the hikes around Hyères.

We’re in the Mediterranean, so the hiking season is at its best from April to October, with many days of walking ahead of you. On fine winter days, the cool air keeps the atmosphere pure for perfect visibility, with few people on the trails.

Beware, however, of hiking in midsummer: there is a real risk of fire, especially when the wind is blowing hard, and some trails may be closed to the public. Always bring water and sun protection, essential for safe hiking in Hyères.

The most beautiful walks around Hyères

1. The Pointe des Chevaliers circuit

Le circuit de la pointe des Chevaliers

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Height difference: 229 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Let’s start with a classic Hyères hike, on the Giens peninsula: it belongs to the commune of Hyères, but is separated from the mainland by a double tombolo, making it a 25-minute drive from the city center.

The Pointe des Chevaliers circuit corresponds to the western coastal path of the peninsula: an essential and spectacular hike, short but steep (bring good shoes, and a water supply for the entire route), where you can see small beaches and hidden coves, islets and rocky points, all bathed in the scent of pine trees… Simply superb!

This heavily wooded trail may be closed in summer due to fire hazards, so check before you set off.

2. The eastern loop of the Giens peninsula

randonnées Hyères : La boucle Est de la presquîle de Giens

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  • Duration: approx. 2h15
  • Distance: 9.3 km
  • Height difference: 104 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Let’s stay a little longer on the Giens peninsula, for another not-to-be-missed hike in Hyères. This time, it’s a tour of the eastern part of the peninsula, with plenty of breaks en route on the small beaches that dot the route. A magnificent route.

Very pleasant and not very difficult, this route is also less frequented than the previous one, and is not subject to fire closures.

3. From Château d’Hyères to Mont Fenouillet

Du Château d'Hyères au mont Fenouillet

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  • Duration: approx. 2h15
  • Distance: 8.4 km
  • Height difference: 253 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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A change of sector, with this hike in Hyères starting right in the historic heart of the town, on the Castéou hill where the remains of the Château d’Hyères are enthroned. The aim is to reach the summit of Mont Fenouillet, at an altitude of 291 metres.

Obviously, the itinerary climbs a little, but the effort you put in is rewarded by a splendid panorama of Hyères and the surrounding area, with the Giens peninsula, the Golden Isles (Porquerolles, Port Cros and Ile du Levant), Toulon harbor and the deep blue of the Mediterranean right in front of your eyes.

4. The old salt pans of Hyères

randonnées Hyères : Les vieux salins de Hyères

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  • Duration: approx. 1h15
  • Distance: 5.3 km
  • Height difference: 16 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This very easy hike in Hyères is more of a leisurely stroll, but it’s a real eye-opener in this surprisingly low-lying setting of former salt marshes. Today, this natural area is home to numerous bird species, including pink flamingos.

The trail, which starts 12 minutes from the center of Hyères, runs along the pleasant beach of Les Vieux Salins, where bathing suits are optional for the faint-hearted.

5. Fort de la Gavaresse from Le Pradet

Le fort de la Gavaresse depuis Le Pradet

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Height difference: 284 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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A 20-minute drive away, this hike around Hyères starts in Le Pradet, at the Plage de la Garonne. The itinerary takes you to the small Colle Noire massif, criss-crossed by numerous paths, with a climb to the Gavaresse fort for a breathtaking view of the surroundings and the sea.

6. From Argentière beach to Brégançon fort

randonnées Hyères : De la plage de l'Argentière au fort de Brégançon

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  • Duration: approx. 4h30
  • Distance: 18.8 km
  • Difference in altitude: 150 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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One of the most beautiful hikes around Hyères, this route will delight lovers of coastal trails, who like to take one or more swimming breaks along the way. Bring a swimsuit, but above all good shoes, as the stony path can be technical in places.

Departing from the Argentière beach(20-minute drive from Hyères), the route follows the superb Var coastline, through the unspoilt landscapes of the Port-Cros National Park. You’ll pass a number of pretty beaches before reaching the mythical Fort de Brégançon. Return along the same trail, which is hard to tire of.

7. Mount Fenouillet from La Crau

Le mont Fenouillet depuis La Crau

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  • Duration: about 5h30
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Ascent: 745 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Here’s a variation on the climb to the summit of Mont Fenouillet, starting from La Crau, less than 15 minutes away by car. The trail is largely wooded and undulating, in the heart of nature, and you’re rewarded for your efforts with beautiful views of the surrounding area, Hyères, the Var coast, the Maures massif…

This hike around Hyères is aimed at motivated, hardy walkers, as it combines a significant altitude difference with a substantial number of kilometers: be warned, and take along your water supply!

8. Stroll around the Fondation La Castille

randonnées Hyères : Balade autour de la Fondation La Castille

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  • Duration: approx. 1h15
  • Distance: 4.8 km
  • Height difference: 118 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Also in the La Crau area(15-minute drive), this hike around Hyères is both easy and enjoyable, and accessible to all.

From the Fondation La Castille, this lovely loop takes in the wine-growing side of the region, first following the refreshing course of the Gapeau, then skirting the vineyard plots. An invigorating walk in the form of a stroll.

9. Tour of La Londe-les-Maures

Le tour de La Londe-les-Maures

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  • Duration: approx. 2h15
  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Height difference: 82 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Just a 15-minute drive away, this hike around Hyères explores the varied territory of La Londe-les-Maures.

Start in the town center, then cross hills and vineyards to the countryside, before reaching the seafront with its beaches and the small seaside port of Miramar. The route is flat and easy.

10. Around Lake Trapan

randonnées Hyères : Le tour du lac du Trapan

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 5.5 km
  • Height difference: 142 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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As the lake is closed to swimming, the main interest of this hike around Hyères lies more in the views of the surrounding area: the Var coast, the Brégançon fort, the Golden Isles, the Hyères plain, etc…

A pleasant walk in a beautiful southern setting, in the heart of the typical landscapes of the Var hinterland.

The best walks in Porquerolles

The first of the îles d’Or off the coast of Hyères, Porquerolles, like the rest of this small archipelago, is part of the commune. Getting there is easy: shuttle buses (for a fee) run from the Tour Fondue pier on the Giens peninsula. It’s a 25-minute drive plus a short crossing to Porquerolles, where you can explore the island’s beautiful trails…

11. Porquerolles West Loop

La boucle Ouest de Porquerolles

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 12.1 km
  • Height difference: 226 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Hiking in Hyères can also be done on the islands: directly from the pier at Porquerolles, you can follow this coastal itinerary that criss-crosses the entire western part of the island, through heavenly landscapes.

Plan a day trip to take your time and walk at your own pace along the rocky headlands, enjoying the beaches and coves you’ll come across along the way (plage d’Argent, plage du Grand Langoustier, calanque du Bregançonnet…).

12. Porquerolles central loop

randonnées Hyères : La boucle centrale de Porquerolles

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 13.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 404 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • See the route

Porquerolles is one of the most popular hiking areas around Hyères, with enough trails to go all the way around the island if you feel like it.

Less long and more accessible for a day trip, this route gives you a great overview of Porquerolles at its wildest. After crossing the island from the pier, you reach the rocky, jagged and unspoilt south coast – in a word, magnificent.