Hyères is situated in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast, it is the oldest resort in the French Riviera. With over 30 km of white sandy beaches, 3 beautiful and unspoilt islands and an average 300 days of sunshine per year Hyères has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. A number of great literary minds have drawn inspiration from Hyères including Jospeh Conrad and Charlotte Turner Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson went so far as to pen the words, “I was happy once; that was at Hyères”.
In more recent times Hyères has become increasingly popular as a watersports destination. The Almanarre bay offers particularly good conditions for sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Throughout the year there are a number of prestigious regattas and competitions held in Hyères and a number of top professionals choose to base themselves in Hyères as the ideal spot to train.
The UCPA centre in Hyères is located right on the beach overlooking the Iles d’Or. In front of the centre a fleet of catamarans, windsurfs and kayaks await with only a few metres walk to the warm waters of the Med. The food is of the high standard you would expect from a UCPA centre with a buffet restaurant, a barbeque is fired up several nights of the week. You can choose to eat either in the dining room or in the terrace bar outside.
Hyères is known as the palm capital of the world and it exports over 100,000 palm trees each year as well as a number of other exotic plant species. Palm trees form an important part of Hyères and can be regularly seen throughout the resort lining the wide boulevards. There is a great variety of Mediterranean architecture around Hyères including a number of exotic hotels and villas which lend the resort a Moorish feel.
There is a stunning old town in Hyères with a wonderful selection of medieval buildings which is well worth a visit. The old town is a dream location for architecture lovers with stunning Gothic churches, renaissance doorways and beautiful châteaus all set against stunning sea views.