Destination Guide - Toulon.

 

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London City to Toulon

Overview

CityJet offer flights to Toulon in the summer months.

Rising steeply from a fortified natural harbour, Toulon overlooks one of the most beautiful stretches of coast on the French Mediterranean. This spectacular seascape shaped the town’s destiny: a great military port ever since Roman times, it remains the home of the French navy. A busy, vibrant, cosmopolitan town, capital of the Var département and of the western Riviera, Toulon is the gateway into a string of little beach resorts, attractive peninsulas and offshore islands loved by Provençal locals but less well known to outsiders. Toulon’s own waterfront has flowery promenades, a lively leisure port, wide quaysides and sandy beaches.

Our top five sights

Mont Faron

Mont Faron gives dazzling harbour views and has a poignant Allied Landings memorial on the 584m summit. Easiest way up is a 10-minute cable car ride.
Cable car: rue Perricchi, 04 9492 6825

Vieille Ville

Toulon’s Old Quarter, next to the Darse Vieille port, has quiet, traffic-free lanes and shopping streets, old fountains, leafy squares and many renovated 18th-century buildings.
Behind Quai Cronstadt

Musée National de la Marine

The dockside National Navy Museum, standing beside a monumental 18th-century gateway, vividly details Toulon’s naval history.
Place Monsenergue, 04 2242 0201

Toulon harbour

The Toulon harbour, also known as ‘La Rade de Toulon’, is one of the world’s largest natural anchorages. One-hour boat excursions of its sheltered waters leave throughout the day from Toulon port.

Musée d’Art

Housed in a 19th-century Renaissance mansion, Toulon’s Art Museum displays several centuries of Provençal art up to the present, with many evocative local scenes.
113 boulevard Leclerc, 04 9436 8101

Shopping

The leisurely main shopping streets in the heart of the Vieille Ville are Rue d’Alger, flowery Rue Jean Jaurès and the lanes and squares around Place Puget. Here you’ll find chic fashion boutiques, art galleries, Provençal fabrics and gourmet specialists like chocolate-maker Yves Thuriès (6 place Puget, 04 8357 9373). A big, lively Provençal market takes place on Cours Lafayette every morning. Along busy avenues Boulevard Strasbourg and Boulevard Leclerc is a selection of jewellers and luxury goods as well as a branch of upmarket department store Galeries Lafayette (Place de la Liberté, 04 9422 3971).

Food & Drink

Traditional cooking of the Toulon region includes fish soups and the succulent fish stew bouillabaisse, plenty of freshly caught seafood, savoury meats slow cooked, and Provençal vegetable dishes such as ratatouille, all seasoned with thyme, marjoram and other Provençal herbs. Local rosé wine, served well chilled, is the choice for everyday drinking. Top gastronomic places, both very good value, include Le Gros Ventre (279 Littoral Frédéric Mistral, 04 9442 1542), in Le Mourillon, with classic Provençal dishes, and La Promesse (250 rue Jean-Jaurès, 04 9498 7939), in the town centre, offering imaginative French and Mediterranean cuisine.

Nightlife

Bars and clubs cluster near the port and Le Mourillon beaches. Many are not sophisticated and reflect Toulon as a hardworking, down-to-earth naval base. Le 113 (113 avenue de l’Infanterie de Marine, 04 9403 4241) offers dinner-dances and shows during the week, disco at weekends. La Part des Anges (57 rue Lamalgue, Le Mourillon, 04 9403 0631) is a convivial late bar hosting live gigs, karaoke sessions and dance nights. Opéra de Toulon (Boulevard de Strasbourg, 04 9492 7078), an elegant 19th-century theatre, stages modern dance, ballet, opera and concerts ranging from classical to jazz.

Our favourites

 
Toulon Amiraute hotel

New Hotel Amirauté - 4 Rue Adolphe Guiol 83000 Toulon, France
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 22 19 67 Website: www.new-hotel.com/amiraute/en/index.asp

 Situated in the centre of Toulon, close to Place de la Liberté, the train station, the harbour and the Marina, the New Hotel Amiraute is a good starting point to enjoy this lively city. Shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas and museums (Hotel des Arts, musée de Toulon, musée de la Marine) are all within a short distance of the property. The hotel features a modernly equipped meeting room hosting up to 30 people, Wi-Fi Internet connection and a helpful and friendly staff at your complete disposal to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Toulon Airport Information

Aéroport International de Toulon-Hyères (TLN)

Website
www.toulon-hyeres.aeroport.fr

General information
Tel.: +33 (0) 825 01 83 87

Tourism Office
Tel.: +33 (0) 494 18 53 00

CityJet Flights from London LCY to Toulon
CityJet is the fastest and most convenient way to Toulon. Flights from London City LCY to Toulon are a convenient two-times-per-week service with a flight time of just 2 hours.

Toulon Airport is 23km to the centre of Toulon taking just 20 minutes by car, only 10 kilometres to the beautiful port of Sanary-Sur-Mer and 45 minutes drive to St. Tropez making it the perfect gateway to the French Riviera.

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