The island of Porquerolles, (7 km long and 3 km wide, 350 inhabitants), is the largest of the islands of Hyères. It is most inviting with its marina, its fine sand beaches, its valleys, its rich forest cover, vineyards and a privileged climate with 275 days of sunshine a year.
Porquerolles was long subjected to the exactions of pirates and to protect a dozen forts were built over 8 centuries, raising interest for the study of the evolution of architecture strong during this period.
Five large landowners have succeeded. The latest one was François Fournier, who made his fortune after the discovery of a gold and silver mine in Mexico. Honeymoon back, he offered the island to his young wife in 1911, after adjudication.
The island then enjoyed its most prosperous period with the cultivation of 175 hectares of vineyards and 25 hectares of vegetable.
In the early 19th century, a soda plant (the site of today’s hotel) has been operating for twenty years alone, ruined by the invention of a more cost-effective process.
During the occupation of France by the German army, they completely evacuated the population the bay of Hyères and Porquerolles represented a strategic point for the defense of Toulon. The soldiers took in the houses they blew up, ruined the cellar and left crops abandoned.
François Fournier died in 1935. Around that time, his wife having seen the importance of developing tourism, hotels created, especially Mas Langoustier frequented by writers like Giraudoux, Simenon, etc …
In 1972, under the leadership of President Pompidou, the Ministry of Environment, went owns two-thirds of the island. The National Park of Port Cros is manager.