Bird watching at the Vieux Salins

The Vieux Salins means the old saltworks. This flat east of Hyères area, barely above sea level, was during many years used to extract sea salt. Now reverted to nature, the wetland is home to many species of birds.

It can be visited on your own or with a guide from the LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux).

Vieux Salins nature reserve

A day trip to Port-Cros National Marine Park

Staying in Les Marines du Levant and the mood for a quiet time away from the summer crowds? Escape for the day to the pristine natural beauty of Port-Cros island!

Vehicles aren’t permitted on the island so make sure to bring a steady pair of shoes to access the many beaches that lead to the underwater wonder of the island. Eels, posidonia, sea urchins, octopi, anemones, and fish that go from little rock fish to large sea basses are some of the countless Mediterranean native species you will discover on your snorkeling trip. For new-comers, the Beach of La Palud is recommended for it has an underwater guided trail. Don’t forget to hike through the island’s rocky landscape on its many trails  that lead to breath-taking overlooks.

How to reach the Port-Cros? Shuttle boats run from the harbours of Lavandou and Hyères on a regular schedule.

700 hecatres of protected must-see wildlife