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Built around a sheltered bay, with 1,700-foot Mount Faron as an impressive backdrop, Toulon is an important naval port and a city of industry and manufacturing. Its large harbour serves as the base for the French navy’s Mediterranean fleet and as the home to a sizeable marina, with yachts and pleasure boats adding bright splashes of colour.
Toulon was the site where Napoleon Bonaparte first made a name for himself in 1793 during a siege in which the English, who had taken over Toulon, were expelled.
During World War II, the bulk of the French fleet anchored off Toulon was scuttled by French crews to prevent its acquisition by occupying German forces. The city was liberated in 1944 by French troops.
A maze of pedestrian streets constitutes the heart of old Toulon. Shops and colourful stalls make it an attractive area to explore. Avenue de la République runs parallel to the waterfront. At the western edge of the quay, the Naval Museum may be worth visiting by those with an interest in Toulon’s maritime history.
The town’s attractions can be seen in a fairly short time. Most visitors come here to explore the hinterland and other parts of the Riviera.

SHOPPING
Look for items indicative of the Provence, such as olive oil, honey, herbs and soaps. Store hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Mayol Commercial Centre near the port stays open throughout the day, while the local market takes only place in the morning. The local currency is the euro.
CUISINE
Your best choices are the restaurants and cafés along the waterfront. Fish and seafood are popular dishes along with local specialties.
OTHER SIGHTS
Take a walk in the old town with its lively atmosphere. Highlights include the Romanesque Church of Sainte-Marie-Majeure, which was begun in the 11th century, the Church of Saint-Louis and the local market.
Naval Museum
At the western end of the harbour stands an old arsenal building, now housing the Naval Museum. It features models of ships, figureheads, paintings and other items related to Toulon’s maritime history. Be sure to check opening hours.
Boat Excursions
Trips around the bay depart from Quai de la Sinse (commentary is in French).

  • Last visit to Toulon: Aug 2004
  • Intro Written Nov 14, 2004
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  • m-joy's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2005 at 11:55 PM

    Nice start here...I'm off to this region in the summer. BTW HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hope you have a wonderful day. All the best. :-)

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