Framed by sea and mountains, Toulon is like a real-live postcard. Shimmering yachts and fishing boats bob happily in the blue Mediterranean waters, overlooked by a cascade of elegant architecture that sweeps down from the surrounding hills. A climb, or cable car, to the top of Mount Faron offers perhaps the most dramatic views of the city.
Open squares and palm-fringed boulevards are given life by the chic cafes, boutique shops and lively markets that fill them. Wandering the famous Place Puget or Rue Hoche reveals fashion boutiques and local shops; lively Le Cours Lafayette market with its colourful stalls and onward to the harbour with its historic 16th century fortifications.
The Musee de la Marine and the Musee de Vieux Toulon are a must for any history buff. They tell the story of Toulon; from its architecture and arts to tales of pirates and galley slaves from its days as a dynamic port city. The Musee D’art is the place to admire beautiful paintings from the School of Provence while the classical Church of Saint Louis, dating back to the 18th century, is one of Toulon’s most famous religious sites. The grand Fountaine des Trois Douphins with its cascading water and the greenery of Jardin Alexandre are wonderful places to unwind before taking coffee in a cosy Old Town cafe. Alternatively, explore the city from afar with a tranquil sea-cruise on the Rade de Toulon.
By night, Toulon’s restaurants provide ample opportunity to enjoy the region’s fine cuisine while the Opera de Toulon in its stunning 19th century house, serves up an evening of culture and music.
The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Toulon-Hyeres Airport is located 13 miles from the city centre of Toulon and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. Local bus service 102 provides transport to the city centre in 35 minutes while taxis are also available for hire.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to visit France. A passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required or, in the case of EU nationals, a valid ID card. Nationals of other countries may require a visa to enter France. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: Smoking is prohibited across France in all indoor public spaces including cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs and on all public transport. The legal age for consuming alcohol is 18 years for spirits and 16 for beer and wine.
Best Time to Visit
The climate in the South of France is characterised by hot summers, often reaching the high 30’s in temperature, to mild, dry winters. July and August are the hottest months of the year and the busiest. Spring and autumn are often still warm and pleasant enough to enjoy strolling the area without a coat while the number of tourists is also much less than the summer.
The summer may boast the well-loved Toulon Jazz Festival, lively Bastille Day celebrations in July and the famous Fort of Saint Louis fireworks in August but the winter has its own charms, with a beautiful festive skating rink in the Place de la Liberte and nearby Christmas Market.
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