Where to swim on Port-Cros island?

Port-Cros may be wilder than Porquerolles, but its beaches are just as beautiful. You can sunbathe under the Var sun, admire the natural landscapes, swim in the warm Mediterranean waters, and why not swim in the middle of a school of fish?


Port-Cros, plage du sud

The South beach is the best known of Port-Cros. It is the closest to the village, 30 minutes away. Come and enjoy the view in the warm Mediterranean waters.



The South beach is the best known of Port-Cros. It is the closest to the village, 30 minutes away. Come and enjoy the view in the warm Mediterranean waters.


Promenade « La Côtière »

Port Man beach is the furthest away and you will need good trainers to walk the 1.5 hour walk to the beach. The view is magnificent, and this pebble beach is very pleasant.

Schedules and prices of our shuttles to Port-Cros from LA LONDE

Departure from La Londe
From 30 March
to 7 July 2024
From 8 July
to 30 August 2024 2024
From 31 August 2024
to 29 September 2024
From 30 September
to 3 November 2024
La Londe

Duration of the
from 45 min to 1h00, depending on the season

La Londe
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Every day except Saturday
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Every Wednesday
16h15 16h15 16h15 16h15

round trip | adultes : 35,5€ | children (from 4 to 10 years old) : 24€

The Management reserves the right to modify or cancel all or part of these shuttle schedules without notice in case of bad weather conditions or for technical reasons.
Cheques, vacation vouchers and credit cards accepted.

The South Beach

Located 30 minutes from the village of Port-Cros, come and discover this white sand beach

Plage du sud

The beach

This beach is the most accessible on the island. Located 30 minutes from the port, it is the most popular beach of Port-Cros. It is sheltered from the east wind and offers an incredible view of the Pointe de Malalongue.

The turquoise and transparent water will allow you to observe shady fish, and this very close to the shore.

Pointe de la malongue

The point of Malalongue

The point is located to the west of the beach. The point is the kingdom of the gulls. This is where most of these seabirds nest. On the point, you can observe strong gusts of wind, as it is the reason why the southern beach is sheltered. With a combination of strong wind and large waves, the rock is sculpted. The effect of the wind on the rock can be clearly seen, as the rock is crumbly and honeycombed in a shale cliff. This phenomenon is further accentuated by the grains of sand that the wind brings. Around the point, fishing is forbidden, but sailing is allowed.

La Palud beach

The beach is located 45 minutes from the village, where you will find turquoise water and an underwater path

Plage de la Palud

The beach

The small coarse sand beach of La Palud is shaded by tamarisk trees. Moreover, the beach is bordered by ganivelles which allow to delimit the zone accessible by the holiday makers and the protected vegetal zone. To get there, you will have to walk for about 45 minutes, pass near the fort of Estissac and take a forest path which for a long time lets you admire the sea.

Promenade « La Côtière »

The Underwater Trail

When you are on the page, you can see yellow buoys floating at regular intervals forming a path. This is the underwater path of La Palud beach. Put on your mask and snorkel and go for an underwater walk. At each yellow buoy there is an explanatory panel with the fish and vegetation that you can find at that particular spot. Then go through the 6 stages in 30 to 40 minutes. If you wish to have more information, you can go to the harbour master’s office and get a submerged booklet presenting the main species of the waters of Port-Cros for 5 euros.

Port Man beach

It’s a 1.5 hour walk to the beach, but it’s worth it!

The beach


Port Man beach is the furthest away from the Port, and is a 1.5 hour walk from the village. However, the beach offers an incredible panorama. Moreover, once you arrive in the bay, you will be sheltered from the wind. This beach is not a sandy beach, but a pebble beach, and is very popular with boaters. To get to the beach, you will pass the Moulin du Fort, near the Fort de l’Estissac, the Rascasse rock, the Palud cove, the Marma plateau, and after the effort the comfort, you will arrive at the beach of Port Man.

Port Man Fort

Fort Port Man

The fort is located at the eastern end of the island of Port Cros, overlooking the bay of Port Man. The fort was built in the 17th century, during the reign of François I. The fort was part of a line of defence set up by Richelieu, as were the forts of Estissac and Porquerolles. It has suffered much damage over the years, and was renovated until 1881 when it was decommissioned. After its disarmament it was left abandoned until 1977 when it was assigned to the Port-Cros National Park. However, due to erosion, the ramparts of the fort are now damaged. That is why the fort was restored in 2003. The fort is closed to the public, the interior can only be visited on Heritage Days.

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