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A Must Visit to the Porquerolles Fondation Carmignac

Porquerolles is the largest of the 3 Iles d’Or (Islands of Gold), easily accessible from the coast. We did the short (20 min) crossing from La Tour Fondu, near Hyères, roughly a 90-minute drive from Aix-en-Provence, depending on traffic.

I hadn’t visited Porquerolles for many years and was surprised at the changes to the sleepy place I remember.  The half-hourly boats across, large 350-seaters, were pretty full, and that link is only one of several bringing people across from Toulon, Le Lavandou, even Saint-Tropez.

Visitor notes for Fondation Carmignac

The brand new Fondation Carmignac art centre on the island of Porquerolles is simply stunning and I heartily recommend a visit. However, time is of the essence! It closes for the winter months on November 4th, not reopening until April. The fascinating temporary exhibition, which fills most of the gallery, will go back to the Fondation Carmignac in Paris.

  • It’s a short walk to the villa from the port
  • Book your tickets in advance, they only allow 50 visitors/hour.
  • Inside the gallery, you will be asked to remove your shoes.
  • No dogs
  • No baby strollers
  • Spend time in the Louis Benech designed garden. The plantings include native olive and citrus trees along with exotics. Enjoy the outdoor “gallery” filled with works by a group of carefully selected artists, including Jean Denant, Tom Friedman, Jaume Plensa, and many more.


Why Visit Île de Porquerolles?

Porquerolles is the biggest of three small islands that make up the Îles d’Hyères or Les Îles d’Or (Golden Islands), located just off the coast from Hyères. The island of Porquerolles is small at 7km long and 3km wide. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as biking, walking, swimming on this beautiful unspoilt island.

Don’t miss the secluded beaches, and Plage Notre-Dame which was declared Europe’s most beautiful (2015).

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Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

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"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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