2. Porquerolles, Var
This island, three kilometres by six, is a quick crossing on the ferry from Hyères on the Côte d’Azur.
“Unspoiled” might be an overused word, but it definitely applies to Porqerolles, as the French government intervened in the early 70s to prevent development on the island.
The old settlement is a dinky village around the island’s harbour from the 1800s.
So you’ll ramble through undergrowth with wild herbs, juniper bushes and pines to find yourself at rocky inlets with transparent seas, or Notre-Dame a horseshoe bay gilded with a narrow beach in the shade of pine and eucalyptus trees.