Facing Hyères’ islands, the Domaine du Rayol is a natural protected area, property of the Conservatoire du littoral. Its garden is an invitation to travel through Mediterranean-style, arid and subtropical landscapes. Several exhibition rooms, one café-restaurant, a specialised bookshop, a plant nursery, thematic tours and snorkeling activity (online reservation).

Facing Hyères’ islands, the Domaine du Rayol is a natural protected area, property of the Conservatoire du littoral. Its garden is an invitation to travel through Mediterranean-style, arid and subtropical landscapes. Several exhibition rooms, one café-restaurant, a specialised bookshop, a plant nursery, thematic tours and snorkeling activity (online reservation).

Programme

Abysse 13, 2020, white ink drawing on black paper, size 21 x 29,7 cm, Elsa Barbillon
Abysse 13, 2020, white ink drawing on black paper, size 21 x 29,7 cm, Elsa Barbillon
Abysse 6, 2020, white ink drawing on black paper, size 21 x 29,7 cm, Elsa Barbillon
Abysse 6, 2020, white ink drawing on black paper, size 21 x 29,7 cm, Elsa Barbillon
Scories 2, 2020, pencil drawing with carbon pencil, size 70 x 100 cm, Elsa Barbillon
Scories 2, 2020, pencil drawing with carbon pencil, size 70 x 100 cm, Elsa Barbillon

Crépuscule et fumeurs noirs, Elsa Barbillon

The Domaine du Rayol welcomes for the winter season an exhibition of drawings by Elsa Barbillon.
The artist proposes a dive into the underwater twilight where phantasmal creatures of the abysses rub shoulders with black smokers and hydrothermal slag. The vibrant line, the contrast of white on black paper, try to capture the evanescence and the lively floating of these animal or geological figures in this marine territory where time seems suspended.

Between 4,000 and 11,000 meters below the horizon and the sea, a ballet is played out, similar to the one we observe when looking at the sky. The sunlight does not penetrate; and the only bright objects visible are the bodies of luminescent animals, like stars in the dark night, which remind us of the silent race of time and the marvelous capacity of life to be born from the unfathomable.

Access

Open every day, all year round (except December 25):
January, February, March, November, December: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
April, May, June, September, October: 9:30am - 6:30pm
July, August: 9:30am - 7:30pm

Free or guided tour included in the admission charge.

Avenue Jacques-Chirac
83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

  • 33 (0)4 98 04 44 00

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PLACES TO DISCOVER

Domaine de la Sanglière : to discover AOP Côtes de Provence wines. (Bormes-les-Mimosas)
• The Route des Crêtes from Bormes-les-Mimosas to the Col du Canadel, a confidential itinerary offering wonderful panoramic views between sea and mountain.
• The Sentier Littoral des 3 Caps (Lardier, Taillat, Camarat), starting from L’Escalet, on the Ramatuelle village.

PLACES TO STAY

Hôtel Le Bailli de Suffren**** : 55 bedrooms open to the sea, out of sight. A small paradise in a preserved inlet facing the Îles d’Or, your feet in the water. (Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer)

Hôtel Les Terrasses du Bailli*** : an elegant building just a step from the Jardin through the Voie Verte. (Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer)

PLACES TO EAT

Le Café des Jardiniers : a terrace in the heart of the Jardin des Méditerranées. Seasonal cuisine, fresh and local products. (Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer)

Le Maurin des Maures : an iconic restaurant in the village where the bouillabaisse is legendary. Panoramic view. (Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer)

Le Café l’Envol (Hôtel La Villa Douce) : for a fancy dinner or a cocktail immersed in the Mediterranean. A small hidden paradise with a breathtaking 180° view. (Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer)