The city of Toulon is surrounded by the «arc» of white limestone mountains, which envelops the city approaches to sea. The city has the symbol not quite usual - cicadas, whose song is particularly well heard in the surrounding area.
In Toulon, tourists can climb Mount Faron (at the height of 584 m), by funicular and see the splendor of the entire French Riviera. In addition, on Mount Faron, you can still visit the zoo and the Memorial Museum of landing in Provence. Then you can stroll through the historic streets of the «old town» where the nobles of King Louis XIV made walks in their time. One can also sunbathe on one of the beaches, visit any bar in the port - here you can feel like a real «sea wolf»!
Arriving at the port, inspect it and enjoy the exotic atmosphere of boiling hot activities of the «sea». In this region, there are many shops, charming cafes, restaurants, and some attractions. For example, the Clock Tower (Tour de l'Horloge) (once the bell clock announced the sailors in the port of the start and the end of their working day) and the statue of God of navigation, that people have given a humorous nickname - «butt to the city». In addition, be sure to admire the Royal Tower (Tour Royale) of the sixteenth-seventeenth centuries, home to the Maritime Museum (Musée Maritime).
Saturday afternoon will be pleasant to walk along the main streets of the historic city - Lafayette and Algeria (de Lafayette et de l’Algérie). The main attraction of the historic part of Toulon is Toulon Cathedral of the sixteenth century (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds de Toulon). (Its construction began in the eleventh century on the site of the temple, which had been located there for over 5 centuries). In the middle of the sixteenth century, the temple was converted into a mosque, but today he is recognized as a national historic monument.
Among the few attractions of the old city, miraculously survived the Second World War, are the buildings of the era of the «Sun King» Louis XIV («Roi Soleil» de Louis XIV), with small cozy squares and various fountains. Puget square (Place Puget) with a fountain of the eighteenth century is also interesting to see in this district.
Take a walk around the green garden of Alexander I (Jardin Alexandre I), have a look at L'église Saint-François-de-Paule, built in the Baroque style and luxury facade of the theater on the Victor Hugo Place (place Victor Hugo).
In the so-called «new city» («ville nouvelle»), it is worthwhile to see the magnificent Opera House and the station building of the nineteenth century. Where you can spend a pleasant evening in the central square of Liberty (Place de Liberté). (It is especially beautiful during the traditional Christmas market (Marché de Noël)).
A standard set of souvenirs is awaiting for tourists in boutiques and stalls in the historic center of the city, on the promenade in the port and close to attractions. Authentic goods of local artisans and farm fresh products can be purchased on the market on Lafayette Street (rue Lafayette) (open daily in the morning except Monday).
In the district of Mourillon (quartier du Mourillon), which is located within walking distance of downtown, there are the beaches equipped with good infrastructure (cabanas, showers, cafes and restaurants on the beach and water sports resort).
Moreover, on the coast around Toulon, there are many small resort towns with a wealth of Mediterranean nature, beautiful beaches (Cap Brun, Anse Mago, Le Sablette and others) in cozy bays with clear water. Here you can find shallow wading pools for children and good waves for surfers.
History of Toulon