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CityJet offer flights to Toulon in the summer months.
Our top five sights
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.
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.
Musée National de la Marine
The dockside National Navy Museum, standing beside a monumental 18th-century gateway, vividly details Toulon’s naval history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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