After two days of heavy rain over the weekend we decided on Monday morning to head into the nearby town of Hyeres. Hyeres as well as an old medieval town is also the oldest resort on the Cote d’Azure having being a popular winter destination for the European aristocracy including Queen Victoria and Tolstoy.
We wandered the old medieval streets entering through the Massillon Gate dating back to the 14th century. We saw the Knights Templar Tower which had been built in the 13th century, the Peniscola House which had been built in the 16th century over a city gate finally reaching the 11th castle now a ruin but great views.
Making our way down again we passed the Villa Noailles which was built in the 1920s for the Parisian art patrons Marie-Laure and Charles de Noailles. We returned to the town square and had a look at the remaining buildings of the 19th century Hyeres before heading back to base.