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Toulon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Var

Toulon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Var
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Toulon and its port sit in a magnificent natural harbour, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Cronstadt quay, situated alongside Darse Vieille dock, is a very popular spot thanks to its many shops and cafés. The very picturesque old town features numerous fountains, including the famous Trois-Dauphins (“three dolphins”) in the charming Place Puget square, busy, typical narrow streets and a colourful Provençal market in Cours Lafayette.

A stay in Toulon is also the chance to sample the famous bourride, a local soup made with white fish and aioli, a Provençal garlic mayonnaise. The maritime museum (Musée national de la Marine), whose entrance is that of the former naval shipyard, explores the Mediterranean's maritime history.

Dominating the city, the mount Faron, a limestone massif reaching 584 metres at its highest point, offers a magnificent panoramic view of the natural harbour and the Saint-Mandrier peninsula. A cable car takes you to its top.

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Toulon

Sa situation géographique, son histoire, ses traditions, ses spécialités gastronomiques.

Things to see and do

A visit of the city can logically begin with what has made its celebrity: the port, and especially the military base. With a little luck, one can observe the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when he is not on mission. In summer, the small tourist train which offers many circuits on Toulon allows an interior visit of the arsenal; However, in all seasons, it is also possible to discover the whole harbor by boat (information +33 4 94 18 53 00).

In the same area, do not forget to admire the sculpture of Louis-Joseph Dumas, known as "Cuverville", which points to the Grande Bleue, and of course the National Navy Museum and its unique collection of ship models...

Always on the sea side, the Mourillon district offers some 20 hectares of family-friendly beaches where you can enjoy a wide range of water sports (windsurfing, sailing, etc.). Finally, hikers can walk the coastal customs trail.

In the city center, to discover freely or via general or thematic guided tours, such as the one that circles the 18 fountains of the city (information +33 4 94 18 53 00), a step is required on the course Lafayette which Hosts a colorful and picturesque market, typically Provencal, every day, and immortalized the song of Gilbert Bécaud.

You will notice along the Courses some beautiful mansions of the eighteenth and a curiosity: a cannon ball remained "incrusted" in a facade, testimony of the seat of the city in 1793...

The Saint-Louis church (which served as barracks), the Sainte-Marie de la Seds cathedral (17th century) and the Saint-François-de-Paule church (typical of Provençal baroque) are also worth a visit.

The place Puget (and its fountain to the Three Dolphins), the place of Liberty (where a fountain, again this time illustrates the departure of the statue of Liberty towards America) or the opera (dating from 1862, Renovated, it is considered one of the most beautiful provincial theaters), are also to be seen.

After a break in the beautiful garden Alexandre I, the tourist visiting Toulon still has the choice of visiting the amazing House of photography installed since 2002 in an old hammam with circular structure and whose collections are worth a look, Or the contemporary art center, which is free to enter (at the Hôtel des Arts, a building dating from the beginning of the 20th century).

More anecdotal but worth the detour, the amazing sculpture "boat" in one of the alleys of old Toulon!

Finally, it is impossible to leave the city without reaching Mount Faron which dominates it from its 584 meters! To do this, we take a cable car that seems to follow the steep limestone cliffs: a journey that already offers splendid panoramas. At the top, a unique view of the city and the harbor delights the visitor, who will not miss the Landing Museum in Provence and, as a family, the Zoo where endangered species (bears, hyenas...). Always on the heights of the mountain, paths allow to apprehend the richness of the fauna and the flora. Rates (including passes including cable car and zoo visit) and information on +33 4 94 92 68 25.

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Events and festivities

In March, a festival of shells and the sea is organized on the port of Mourillon.

In April, over three days, a Bacchus festival celebrates the wine and gastronomy of the region, on the Place d'Armes.

At the same time, a festival of manga and Japanese culture takes place at the Palais des Congrès.

In May, place d'Armes, succeeded a festival dedicated to street painting.

In June and July, the summer session of the (classical) music festival takes place in the gardens of the royal tower and the collegiate church of Six-Fours (and from October to April, operas and concerts take place at the opera or At the Palais des Congrès).

In July the rock festival Rockorama and the jazz festival of Toulon offer quality shows.

The year ends with Organ Week in October and the book festival in November.

For all these events, please call +33 4 94 18 53 00.

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View Toulon from Mount Faron (© Frantz)
View Toulon from Mount Faron (© Frantz)
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Place Raimu (© Frantz)
Place Raimu (© Frantz)
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Lane Toulon (© Frantz)
Lane Toulon (© Frantz)
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Balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
Balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
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Mont Faron (© Frantz)
Mont Faron (© Frantz)
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Mont Faron (© Frantz)
Mont Faron (© Frantz)
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balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
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balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
balcony of Pierre Puget (© Frantz)
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