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Welcome to Toulon

Halfway between Marseille and St. Tropez, the commercial port and naval base of Toulon isn't the obvious choice for a Mediterranean vacation. However, scratch the surface and there are lots of things to do in Toulon, a gritty maritime hub with plenty to offer travelers willing to venture beyond the French Riviera resorts. Take your pick of four sandy beaches, zip up to the summit of Mont Faron for a view along the Med, then soak up the nightlife along the harborside. Rugby fans should also take note—the sport is akin to religion in Toulon.

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Is Toulon worth visiting?

If your cruise ship is docking at Toulon or La Seyne-sur-Mer, then it’s worth spending a little time in Toulon to admire the variety of vessels at the harbor—warships, yachts, and cruise liners abound—while avoiding the tourist hordes. The beguiling old town lanes are also worth a wander.

What is Toulon known for?

Toulon is known mostly for its naval military history. Rebuilt after World War II bombings, the port today boasts a huge naval base—the main seat of the French Navy. Military links aside, the town is also known for its rugby; the club RC Toulonnais is a dominating force in matches at home and abroad.

Can you swim in Toulon?

Yes, you can swim in Toulon. The family-friendly and close-to-town sands of Mourillon are among the most popular beaches, while those looking for fewer crowds can foray further along the coast to Pipady, La Mitre, or the pebbled shores of Anse de Mejean.

What are some fun facts about Toulon?

Fun fact: Fans of the novel and show Les Misérables might recognize Toulon as the place where protagonist Jean Valjean was imprisoned for stealing bread. While Les Misérables was fiction, the brutal prison (the Bagne of Toulon) was real, hosting many of Toulon’s 18th-century galley slaves who were once chained to the decks.

What does Toulon mean in English?

It’s fair to say that nobody knows for certain—but the name could well have come from the Latin name Telo Martius. This title was believed to have been given to the harbor that was founded by the Romans where modern-day Toulon is now found.

What happened at Toulon?

Most people have heard of the Siege of Toulon during the French Revolutionary Wars, where a young Napoleon Bonaparte made his military name. Other significant events include the World War II Allied landings in Toulon. Visitors can learn about them in Toulon’s Mémorial du Débarquement et de la Libération en Provence.


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