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Whilst often overlooked on southern France’s tourist track, the city of Toulon boasts an arsenal of attractions. An ensemble of architecture depicts its ancient past, from quaint medieval streets and picturesque plazas, to elegant additions from the 19th century. Tucked into one of Europe’s largest natural harbours, it’s also the primary base of the French Navy, steeped in a history all of its own. Post sightseeing, Toulon still has plenty to get stuck into – from pavement cafés and its bustling market, to museums and a secluded beach.

Things to see

The sprawling nerve centre of the French Navy, the Port of Toulon is one of the city’s most impressive sites – with its grand grey warships floating on the sapphire blue water. Inaugurated way back in 1680, the port is entered via an 18th century triumphal portico, which now houses the Musee National de la Marine. Alongside a trove of navy artefacts, the museum also displays model ships from the 17th century, and a collection of artworks – including Antoine Morel Fatio’s 19th century painting of the port. Away from the base on the city’s southern shore, Toulon Beach provides a serene slice of sun, sea, and sand. Neatly arranged into crescent-shaped bays, it offers calm and clear waters, and plenty of space for topping up your tan. For sports fans, Stade Mavol is where it’s at. Overlooking the military harbour, the large multi-purpose sports venue is best known as the home turf of the RC Toulonnais rugby team.

Hotels in Toulon

There’s a wealth of affordable hotels in Toulon, with something to accommodate every traveller’s taste and budget. You can take your pick from sleek luxury establishments overlooking the sparkling waterfront, cosy locally-run digs, or one of many international chain name hotels dotted about the city centre. The larger lodgings typically feature on-site restaurants and 24-hour business centres, whilst 1 or 2 offer the luxury of a swimming pool too. In-room you can expect cable TV, WiFi, and tea and coffee makers. Whilst there’s no shortage of cheap hotels in Toulon, those after something even thriftier can opt for funky hostel accommodation instead.

Where to stay

A hotel in Toulon’s compact centre puts you within strolling distance of the city’s many attractions. With its slim streets, trickling fountains, and quintessentially European squares, the city’s medieval old town isn’t short on charm. Here you’ll find Toulon Cathedral, with its prim classical façade, the tree-shaded and café laden Place Puget, and a few minutes away, Cours Lafayette - home to the city’s famously lengthy market. Above old town exists Toulon’s elegant 19th century upper town. Its centrepiece is the Place de La Liberate, a sprawling plaza flanked by grand buildings, and bejewelled with the ‘Fontaine des Trois Dauphins’ – a rather ornate water feature.

How to get to Toulon

Toulon is served by Toulon-Hyeres Airport, a modest-sized gateway situated around a 24 kilometre drive from the city’s heart. It offers year-round links to a handful of European destinations, including Paris, Bournemouth, and Charleroi, as well as seasonal services to London, Lyon, and Rotterdam. When you’ve arrived you can get to Toulon by taxi or rental car, or via the airport’s shuttle service, which takes around 30 minutes to reach the city centre. For those travelling to the city by railway, Toulon Station will be your stop – conveniently located in the city centre.