This Mediterranean port, capital of the Var department, in the south-east of France, is a destination that lacks neither charm nor dynamism. On the sea side or on the city side (with your tour guide in your pocket), it's the same attraction. If the harbour and its port attract many tourists, the city centre is also very popular with its historical monuments and numerous museums including the Musée d'art de Toulon, the Musée national de la Marine, the Musée d'histoire de Toulon et de sa région or the Maison de la photographie. We can also mention the Museum of Asian Arts and the D-Day D-Day Memorial. In addition, there is an intense cultural life around opera, theatre, concerts and other live performances. You will therefore have no trouble satisfying your artistic thirst. For the rest, the beaches invite you to enjoy all the pleasures of the seaside and water sports. The beaches of Le Mourillon, easily accessible, are the most popular. More secret, the Méjean and Magaux coves are typical of the Mediterranean coasts with their coves, cliffs and umbrella pines. Bring your tour guide and you won't miss the city's many markets with their fresh stands, flowers, fruit, vegetables and fish. Take the little tourist train from the beaches and the port, cross the harbour by boat-bus or embark on a cruise that links the island of Porquerolles. Finally, the red cable car from Mount Faron, which takes you to the top (584 m) in 6 minutes with a splendid view of the Mediterranean, is a must.
When to go to Toulon?
When to go to Toulon? The two best periods to discover this city and more generally the Var are either spring or autumn, which corresponds to the low tourist season. Hotel and restaurant rates are then more affordable than in summer and the beaches are almost deserted. As for the climate, it is ideal, warm, but not too hot, and you can often swim from spring to the end of November. Winter is the very low tourist season, but the climate remains mild with the possibility of many hikes under the sun. The high tourist season is of course summer, in July and August, the roads are crowded and the fares are easily tripled. It is then really necessary to book your stay well in advance. The Var is, in fact, one of the most touristic regions in France and it is not only appreciated by the French, but also by a very large number of foreign tourists. However, if you choose to stay in the Var in summer, it is the right time for outdoor festivals. You can plan your visit during the high points that thrill the city, but plan ahead. In November, there is the highly specialized Festival International des Musiques d'Écran, in March, Bacchus, the Wine and Food Festival, in April, Mang'Azur, the festival of Japanese culture, in July, the jazz festival in Toulon..