Toulon is a genuine incarnation of Provence, not one of those garishly painted souvenir shops some other towns along the Riviera seem to have turned into. Toulon smells of real lavender and thyme in the market places, of salty sea breeze that wafts through the coastline, and of a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere that attracts locals and visitors alike.


Shops are normally open Mon-Sat 19am-7pm but smaller shops close down on Mondays. The closing for lunch varies but it usually takes place between 12pm and 2pm.

The City

Ever since the Sun King proclaimed Marseille as the centre of French trade at the Mediterranean sea, Toulon's harbour was only of second choice: in its sheltered bay, it accommodated and built the French navy and so it has remained until today. Toulon is the home port for French aircraft carriers and other naval ships: the military base and the Navy’s shipyards occupy a large area in the western part of town, and with its several miles of quays, it is a town within a town itself, now hosting yachts and fishing boats and sailing ships as well. Further to the west, undulating hills and the Château Vallon Cultural Centre arise, and squeezed between the railway station and the yacht harbour,the Old Town and its maze of little alleyways, fountains and delightful squares like le Cours Lafayette (also called le Marché Provence) emerge. To the Southeast, the village Mourillon awaits you with fine old residences of the haute bourgeoisie, lively vegetable markets and above all, sandy beaches, while to the north, the mountain of le Mont Faron towers over the town. Take the cableway up to the top for a magnificent view over the turquoise bay.

Do & See

Toulon is the very soul of Provence, as this huge military port reveals its sunny charm nearly all year long: while breathing in the breeze of the majestic sea, you can also take in the fragrances of Provence herbs and oils while experiencing a culturally rich atmosphere that heartily welcomes you to everywhere.

Cafés are a way of life in this part of the world. Everybody has their own favourite, depending on the time of day – but at the same time, the café that happens to be nearest is your favourite. In short, they exist to make life easier and more relaxed. A croissant in the morning, a coffee in the evening, or perhaps a pastis before going to a restaurant? The field is wide open!

The City Map

Things to do in the city
Explore the different options in the area
Marine Museum
The Memorial Museum to the Landing in Provence
Museum of Fine Arts
Mountain Faron
Puget Square
Toulon Cathedral
Cours Lafayette Market
Mayol Stadium
Toulon Opera
Alexandre 1er Garden
Michel Estades Gallery
Old Town
Royal Tower
Toulon Bay
Cuverville Statue
Statue of Men Playing Cards
Natural History Museum