Toulon

Travel Guide
Toulon Beach showing tropical scenes and a beach

Learn French naval history in this Mediterranean city, which houses a large part of France’s navy. Enjoy the sea, wine and views of the southerly Provence region.

Museums, old military structures and one of Europe’s biggest harbors commemorate Toulon’s age-old role as the home to France’s Mediterranean naval fleet. Enjoy the perks of Toulon’s Mediterranean location, including long beaches and a constant supply of wine from France’s oldest wine-growing region.

Due to its calm waters and strategic hills, Toulon has served as a military town for both the French and the Romans before them. Visit the Toulon Harbor to see the wide array of civilian boats and battleships. Notice the 18th-century clock tower of the Toulon Arsenal, which stands nearby.

Ride the cable car to the top of Mont Faron north of town. At 1,916 feet (584 meters) above sea level, the hill’s summit affords broad views of Toulon Bay and the inland region of Var to the north. For a fee, enter Beaumont Tower, an old military fort, to find the Memorial Museum of the Landing in Provence. This details the American landing at Toulon during World War II, which caused the occupying Germans to abandon southern France.

Further naval history can be found at the Museé National de la Marine. This museum covers every period of French naval history, from the old sailboat fleet to the contemporary fleet of aircraft carriers and gunboats. In addition to its long naval history, Toulon has an excellent cultural tradition on display at the Hotel des Arts, a contemporary art museum.

During your stay, make sure to sample the local and regional culinary specialties, including the cade toulonnaise, a savory tart, and the chichi frégi, fried dough dusted with powdered sugar. Also, buy a few bottles of wine grown in the surrounding region of Provence, the oldest wine-growing region in the country.

Reach Toulon through its train station or its regional airport. Buses run from the airport to the city four times a day. Bus and boat lines will take you throughout the city. Toulon is always temperate, but arrive during the summer for the best time to enjoy its Mediterranean beaches.

Where to stay in Toulon

ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
3 out of 5
Place De Besagne, Toulon, Var
The price is NZ$127 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Located in Old Town Toulon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cours Lafayette and Port of Toulon. Stade Mayol and Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds Cathedral are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (272 reviews)
"As an American traveling alone, it was pleasant to have English speaking staff available to ask detailed questions."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
Holiday Inn Express Toulon - Est, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Toulon - Est, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Rue Nicolas Appert Quartier Sainte-Musse, Toulon, Var
Located in the heart of Toulon, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Magaud Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Port of Toulon. Mejean Beach and Plage de Méjean are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (460 reviews)
Nice stay
"Hotel clean/comfortable beds,no fridge in room and aircon set on 24'c,parking available with extra cost, nice buffet breakfast but its the same every day"

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Toulon - Est, an IHG Hotel
Les Voiles Hôtel
Les Voiles Hôtel
3 out of 5
124 Rue Gubler, Toulon, Var
The price is NZ$137 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Le Mourillon, this beach hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Plages du Mourillon and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Port of Toulon. Toulon Beach and Fort Saint Louis ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (118 reviews)
"Very helpful staff, new and clean rooms, a bit small though."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Les Voiles Hôtel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Balcon du Faronclimproche Gare/centre Ville
Balcon du Faronclimproche Gare/centre Ville
Located in the heart of Toulon, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hotel des Arts and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Port of Toulon. Place de La Liberte and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Très bon séjour
"Tres bon appartement et propre je recommande."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

Balcon du Faronclimproche Gare/centre Ville
Apartment 51m2 redone nine very well located 5 minutes from the port has feet
Apartment 51m2 redone nine very well located 5 minutes from the port has feet
Toulon, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Le Mourillon, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Stade Mayol and Port of Toulon. Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds Cathedral and Cours Lafayette ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Une belle decouverte
"Super bien placé !!"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Apartment 51m2 redone nine very well located 5 minutes from the port has feet
Charming 52m2 duplex T3 WIFI balcony 5 min walk from Mourillon beaches
Charming 52m2 duplex T3 WIFI balcony 5 min walk from Mourillon beaches
Toulon, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Le Mourillon, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Toulon Beach and Port of Toulon. Plages du Mourillon and Fort Saint Louis ...
Charming 52m2 duplex T3 WIFI balcony 5 min walk from Mourillon beaches
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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