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Hyeres History, France

The history of the Provençal coast dates back to ancient times. Archaeological digs have unearthed remains of Olbia, a Greek commercial settlement that subsequently became a Roman village. Some of these artifacts can be seen at the municipal museum. The islands of Hyères are strategically located along the ancient commercial routes, and were the seat of monasteries and a landing point for pirates. The islands of Hyères, colonized by the monks of Lérins in the fifth century and later on occupied by the Saracens, have a legendary aura that tells of pirates and princesses transformed into islands by the Gods...

If we take a big leap in time past the Ligurians, Greeks and ancient Romans, we can certainly affirm that Hyères was the first to become a tourist resort in the famous Cote d'Azur. This small town began to acquire its fame in the eighteenth century, when well-off Americans and aristocratic English, like queens Victoria and Emma, began to appreciate the southernmost city in the Riviera as a privileged winter resort with its spas. In the areas built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries you will be able to see how Villa Tunisienne, Villa Mauresque and Villa Godillo, like certain other Victorian and Bell Epoque palaces, helped to give this place a refined and elegant connotation.

Meanwhile, fascinating evidence of the medieval history of Hyères can be discovered among the streets of the historic center, built on the hill on a charming, panoramic point.


The name of this ancient town evokes the image of the thousands of palms that have grown for centuries along its avenues and in its gardens, qualifying it as the "European Center of the Palm". This long tradition is not only for aesthetic purposes and to provide pleasant shade for the avenues and gardens of Hyères, but it also serves an economic purpose: cultivation and export, such as in the case of the Phoenix species, which includes the date palm.

Hyères owes a lot to the initiatives of the city planner, entrepreneur and patron, Alexis Godillot (Besançon 1816 - Hyères 1893), and his great promotional and development work for this city and its beaches. He can properly be called one of the symbols of the city!


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