The real Porquerolles
The island of Porquerolles is the largest of the archipelago of islands off Hyères. Known as the ‘rare pearl’, it receives over a million visitors a year from all over Europe. The island is invaded in the summer and its activities are increasingly focussed on tourism. When winter comes, hotels, restaurants and shops close and the island is deserted. Yet a few diehards still like to live here normally and want to keep up their village life. Islanders at heart, they wanted to tell us why they are fighting to keep the grocery store, school and post office open all the year round. If you visit Porquerolles in winter, you will find out what it is really like.