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.