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A trip to the tropical (looking) island of Porqerolles
Posted: May 20, 2019
A Friday afternoon swimming in crystal clear sea, looking out at the nearby moored sailing boats is definitely something to write home about, that is if you can drag yourself out of the still warm water and back to the beach.
With tiny fish swimming around my feet, white sandy beaches and an un-spoilt view I would never have believed we were just an hour away from La Daby and the surrounding vineyard region is it nestled in.
Just a ten-minute ferry-ride from Hyeres, east of Toulon the island of Porqerolles is a delight. It’s an easy drive to Hyeres from La Daby, just past Toulon airport – and if you’re lucky you might spot a flamingo on the road leading to the ferry terminal Tour Fondue.
The supermarket in Le Beausset is great, a real treasure trove of wines, huge selection of vegetables, fish and breads. But, there is also a not-to-be-missed fruit and vegetable stall just opposite Carrefour, which has a fantastic selection of seasonal goods. At this time of year (end of September) we were thrilled to see a selection of mushrooms on offer. We bought three kinds of mushroom, chanterelle, pied de mouton and cepe, plus a huge bulbs of garlic, the tallest basil plant I have ever s...
On a sunny yet cool afternoon it seemed the perfect fit to take the cable car in Toulon to the top of Mont Faron. After reading so much about it being a highlight for the town we thought we’d go and see what all the fuss was about. Directions to the cable car from the town are few. We decided to drive to the cable car station but you can also take a bus from the centre of town too. I wouldn’t attempt to walk there from the town unless you are very fit! The cable cars themselves are sma...
La Daby is based in the heart of Bandol’s vineyards. As you drive around the local area you’ll notice sign after sign for the various establishments.
Just ten-minutes drive, on the road to Castellet is Moulin de la Roque winery, a favourite of ours.
We were lucky enough to have a private tour of the winery and a tasting sessions with Tim the winery Manager. I enjoy wine, but know little of the wine making process, traditions and skill it takes to produce. Our guide Tim talked us through the entire process as we walked ‘backstage’ into the bottling area of winery, the cellar containing thousands of litres of different wines, some in gigantic oak barrels.
The neighbouring hilltop village of Castellet is a great place for an easy lunch and a wander through the narrow medieval streets and is unlike any village you might visit in the UK, with a touch of a Game of Thrones feel, all be it with gift shops set among the cobbled pathways.
While many of the shops are now a mecca for tourists, filled with gifts, from linens to food and ice cream shops (of course) the village still has its own unique charm.
The views alone over the surrounding vineyards and villages are worth the 10-minute drive from La Daby.