La Musée De La Marine is the right place for learning about the town’s maritime history: from the lives of galley slaves to the attacks of pirates led by Redbeard – not to mention the young Captain Napoleon Bonaparte who helped to destroy the town after it had been handed over to the English after the Revolution.
As many tourists are not aware that the Allied landings on the coasts of France took not only place in the Normandy but also here in the Provence, in August 1944, this place shows off those happenings. Head here for refreshing your historical knowledge.
The blended styles of the Roman Catholic church (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds) date back to the 11th century although it could almost be classified as post-modern. As a concentrate of church architecture throughout the centuries, it features a fascinating mixture of styles that wait to be explored.
The Old Town is situated between the Stade Mayol and the naval base, and it does spread some atmosphere that you don't want to miss out. Although there are not that many restaurants you will find a few hidden cafes to sit and relax at, and you can stroll around at the daily market for enjoying refreshing snacks.
Here at Rade de Toulon, you can take a boat onto the open sea for viewing Toulon and its harbour from a different perspective. While this is a good way of starting your tour of Toulon, it can also be a great closing – however, make sure that you take a boat where a meal is included.
Located on the marina, this statue embodies The Genie of Navigation. While it was already molded in 1801, it got destroyed during the World War II, restored in the following years, and proudly standing here ever since. While it affectionately got baptized "Cuverville", in memory of an admiral of same name, it also stands for the easy joke of "Cuverville" meaning "bottom towards the city".
If you are interested in art, then head over to this art gallery where you can experience works from local artists and painters who were inspired by the very region you are visiting. The knowledgeable and caring staff will gladly assist you with any help you may need but do also let those artworks freely inspire you.
Le Petit Prince is a small yet cosy place with dishes that are influenced by various cultures, and coming from Provence over Africa to Maghreb, all fragrances are wonderfully enchanting. Also, this restaurant employs people in the process of social and professional reintegration so they do care about both great food and caring society.
La Feuille De Chou serves both innovative dishes that you had never tried before and traditional French food with a twist so you might not recognize even them. And the kitchen could not be any fresher, as you have olive oil on your plate and olive trees above your head – at least if you choose a table in the small shady square.
This restaurant is a cute little bistro located in central Toulon. The menu changes often, in order to keep their regular guests on their toes, and the food is always prepared with local ingredients and seasonal products. Do join their brunches or they after work events.
L'Etoile de l'Inde is a great Indian restaurant with excellent food, serving everything from small starters over proper main course to closing dessert. If you do not want to miss this authentic experience, then do make sure to book a table ahead, especially on the weekends.
Le Gros Ventre (=The big belly) will satisfy your pallet, as its menus of provencal cuisine includes fresh fish, caught by a fisherman next to the islands of Hyères, as well as other delicious dishes. The choice of wines is refined, so this is a good address for demanding gourmets!
Comptoir des fromages is one of the most popular restaurants in Toulon among tourists and locals alike. In its warm and welcoming atmosphere, you can enjoy amazing meals from the French kitchen (and especially cheese), accompanied with great wine from a huge selection.
Le Navigateur lies right next to the correspondent statue on the marina, and it thus enjoys an unspoilable view over the military harbour. With serving dishes and drinks of all kinds and for every occasion, ranging from brunch and lunch to dinner and cocktail hour, this bar attracts tourists and locals alike, all coming in for taking in the great atmosphere at this special location.
Le Bar à Thym is a music bar with authentic live music and also DJ sets every once in a while, and it by now became to a well-known spot for all locals and more and more tourists. Offering a large selection of whiskies, beers and rums as well as appetizers, tapas and main courses, this bar attracts everyone who is open-minded to everything but determined to enjoy the night.
Havana Café offers a broad menu of dishes but also – as the name may have already revealed – delicious cocktails on rum basis, and one of them is always in focus: mojito. Go here for enjoying the great atmosphere in the inside or on the terrac while listening to music and savouring a refreshment.
Round off your day of sunbathing with some shopping along Litteral Frédéric Mistral, and head up Boulevard Sainte-Hélène and Rue Lamalgue for experiencing Mourillon neighborhood at its best and fullest. While you will find interesting home furnishing shops, clothes shops (including rugby fashion Serge Blanco) and cut glass, there may also be some hidden shops that await you for being explored.
The post-war buildings at Marina district have almost achieved cult status, and they now host all sorts of sports and fishing shops. While this area serves almost every shopping habit, it also shows off its beauty so do take your time for having a casual stroll, and you maybe end up at Le Centre Commercial Mayol, a large shopping centre housing many different brands and restaurants.
Right next to the Mayol Stadium, this shopping center houses more than 100 shops and most of the big brands. While you will find popular retail stores such as Zara, FNAC, Jennyfer, Comptoir des Cotonniers, you will also experience less known ones as Célio (clothes), Go Sport (sports & leisure), Fnac (music, books), Etam (underwear). Make sure to also visit the food court and the hypermarket Carrefour.
In the bourgeois neighbourhood of Le Mourillon, La Fiancée du Pirate (=the Pirates´s fiancee) is a colourful and dynamic shop full of surprises and gems. As Ali Baba's treasure vault, this shop offers decoration products of all kinds, so you will always find something that catches your view and wins over your heart.
Toulon is known for its rugby team, and thus for this store, selling every product of need stamped with RCT: shirts, polos, pens, mouse pads and many more. For living a life of Black and Red love, this shop is a must see, so do come here and purchase some souvenirs, for always showing and supporting your team.
This small shop is a treasures' cave for fashionistas of vintage, as it offers different goods from crockery and decoration to clothing and jewellery. While the owner, Anaïs, will help you to find the perfect item, be brave and also have a look around on your own, surprising yourself by trying out (and on).
If you are interested in buying some wine, then head over to this store, as a better selection of small wine producers cannot be found anywhere else. You can also do some tasting of the carefully selected wines, and that will only increase your wish of taking some of them back home.
Tickle your taste buds with mouth-watering delicacies and do bring some goodies back home for surprising both family and friends. Here you will find everything that your heart could possibly desire: from fresh past to fine meat produces, cheese, wine, bread, caviar and sweet treats.
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Toulon is somewhat temperate compared to other destinations, so you can come here nearly all year long. However, the best time to visit Toulon for proper sunshine-filled vacations may be the season between April and August, as both temperature and humidity are at their best. Visiting in off-season times has its benefits though, as it is less crowded and cheaper when it comes to hotel reservations and flights, and as average temperatures greatly vary, you can still enjoy outside seating and activities.
The bus company RMTT operates in Toulon and surroundings, and tickets can be purchased at the kiosk on place de la Liberté. RMTT tickets are also valid on the company’s four boat services in the bay, and bicycles are carried free of charge as long as there is enough space. However, a large part of the Old Town's centre is for pedestrians only.
A boat trip is a must when you are in Toulon, so do either take single trips with RMTT or departures with SNRTM from quai Cronstad (from April to end October) These tours take you on a guided trip around the ships of the French Navy in the bay but there are also ferries from Toulon to Corsica.
Subsidiaries of La Poste can be found across the whole city, and they are generally open8am-7pm. As at the central shop at Place Louis Blanc, you can use every service presented on their website. La Poste Mourillon 226 Rue Paul Marchelli, Toulon +33 8 108 218 21 La Poste 16 Rue Jean Bartolini, Toulon +33 4 980 045 70
Pharmacies can be found across the whole city, and they can be identified by a green cross and – when it is open – by the cross flashes. If it is closed, there usually is a note on the door giving the address of the nearest emergency pharmacy. A central one can be found at Centre Commercial Mayol but there are many others: Pharmacy Lazare Carnot 117 Avenue Lazare Carnot, Toulon +33 4 948 958 57 Pharmacie du Pont de Suve 104 Boulevard Enseigne de Vaisseau Gués, Toulon +33 4 942 744 25