Old TownToulon - Hyeres

Discover Old Town

The pedestrian quarter of this historic Mediterranean port town is home to several well-restored fountains, interesting squares and a variety of shops.

A major transportation hub for Côte d'Azur, Old Town Toulon is often overlooked by tourists. Take the time to explore and you’ll be rewarded with exquisitely sculpted fountains, medieval streets packed with appealing terrace cafés and interesting shops.

Extending north of the harbor, the Old Town district dates back to the Middle Ages. Over successive centuries, French monarchs increased the military defenses of Toulon port, establishing it as a major French naval base. This part of the city suffered major damage during World War II, but many of its prominent monuments have now been restored.

Walk along the promenade near the harbor and watch boats pulling into port. Investigate the Génie de la Navigation bronze sculpture by Louis-Joseph Daumas. Note how the figure’s finger points to the sea and its posterior faces the city, hence its local nickname, Cuverville, a play on the expression “cul vers ville,” which means “ass to city.”

Relive Toulon’s naval history at the Musée National de la Marine. Look for the Tour de l’Horloge clock tower inside the naval base, which was originally used as a lookout post.

Venture farther inland through Old Town’s labyrinth of narrow streets. Watch for architectural landmarks, including the Toulon Opera House, the 18th-century Church of Saint Louis, Toulon Cathedral and Hôtel de Ville, which is decorated with intricate Baroque carvings. Seek out stunning fountains on Place de la Liberté and Place Puget.

Head to Quai Stalingrad to shop or walk through the colorful morning food market on Cours Lafayette, where you can experience the smells and flavors of Provençal cuisine. Some of the best times to visit Toulon Old Town are during the Toulon Jazz Festival in July and the Bacchus food and wine festival in March.

Toulon Old Town is compact and suitable for walking. It makes an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the French Riviera or to visit Corsica, with ferries departing from the harbor.

Top hotels in Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
3 out of 5
Place De Besagne, Toulon, Var
£61
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cours Lafayette, Musee National de la Marine and Port of Toulon. Tour Royale and Toulon Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (135 reviews)

"We liked the breakfast and the proximity to the port. We were able to check in at 9:45pm after our boat had been delayed 1 hour."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
Grand Hôtel Dauphiné
Grand Hôtel Dauphiné
3 out of 5
10 rue Berthelot, Toulon, Var
£56
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Puget and Musee National de la Marine. Port of Toulon and Toulon Beach are also within 2 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (243 reviews)
Nice startingpion for a winetour

"Two days in Toulon with vinyards, restaurants, beach and shopping."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2018

Grand Hôtel Dauphiné
Appartement Alezard
Appartement Alezard
2 out of 5
80 Rue Alézard, Toulon

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place Puget, Musee National de la Marine and Port of Toulon. Tour Royale and Toulon ...

3/5 (1 review)

"Pour commencer aucun parking alentour gratuits, après pour arriver à l’appartement une montée de quatre étages, avec des escaliers atypiques mais des plus dangereuses. Pas une marche qui ressemble à l autre et aucun garde corp a l’intérieur. Pour ce qui est de l’appartement le stricte minimum , avec ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2018

Appartement Alezard
T2 Apartment Downtown Toulon 4 People
T2 Apartment Downtown Toulon 4 People

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel des Arts and Musee National de la Marine. Port of Toulon and Toulon Beach are ...

3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Wonderful time

"Great flat and location, no problem with check in and check out ."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2016

T2 Apartment Downtown Toulon 4 People
Descat - Lambert T1 Apartment 0
Descat - Lambert T1 Apartment 0
3 Place Gustave Lambert, Toulon

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds Cathedral and Musee National de la Marine. Port of Toulon and ...

Descat - Lambert T1 Apartment 0
Large Studio in the Heart of Toulon
Large Studio in the Heart of Toulon

Located in Old Town, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Place Puget, Musee National de la Marine and Port of Toulon. Tour Royale and Toulon Beach are also ...

Large Studio in the Heart of Toulon

Popular things to do in Old Town

Musee National de la Marine
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Musee National de la Marine

Intricate models of historic ships and the recreation of a prison hospital are some of the intriguing attractions at this museum near Toulon’s marina.

Toulon Marina
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Toulon Marina

See modern navy ships, learn about the city’s maritime history and explore nearby islands when you visit Toulon’s harbor area.

Port of Toulon
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Port of Toulon

4/5(5 reviews)

Stroll around this attractive port from where you can catch a ferry to the landscape and cities of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Toulon Beach
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Toulon Beach

Go running along the pretty promenade, cool down with a swim in the sea and make sand castles with the kids on this attractive beach.

Giens Peninsula
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Giens Peninsula

You can find out about the history of Hyeres with a stop at Giens Peninsula. Wander the beaches and waterfront in the area.

Mont Faron
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Mont Faron

Travel to the top of the mountain that overlooks Toulon to hike across its summit, see big cats in their enclosures and learn about World War II history.

Top activities in Old Town

Vacation Photographer in Toulon
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Vacation Photographer in Toulon

£24

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

TOULON SHORE EXCURSION PRIVATE TOUR
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TOULON SHORE EXCURSION PRIVATE TOUR

£745

Visit the former capital of Provence Aix-en-Provence where you will feel the true flavour of the region, with its boulevards framed by plane trees and terraces of the cafés and brasseries where locals meet for a glass of rosé or pastis.

Côtes-de-Provence Wine Tour - 8 Hours
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Côtes-de-Provence Wine Tour - 8 Hours

£75

You'll be picked up at your location and dropped to St Tropez and Toulon which are about 1 hour from Aix en Provence / Marseille. You'll visit between 3 and 4 vineyards domains and have some wine tasting. Then you'll discover a XI century chapel and a particular vineyard castle.

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis Full-Day Tour
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Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis Full-Day Tour

£111

Soak up the Provencal lifestyle in the charming city of Aix-en-Provence, the peaceful village of Cassis, and the vibrant port of Marseille. Stroll down ancient streets, go for a cruise through coastal calanques and visit quaint fishing villages for a taste of life on the Mediterranean.

Wine Tasting in Cezanne Country
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Wine Tasting in Cezanne Country

£60

Embark on a compelling wine tour from central Aix-en-Provence to the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain and discover why the area was such an inspiration for painter Paul Cezanne. Learn about the vineyards and enjoy wine-tastings before heading back to the city center.

Private transfer from Saint Tropez to Nice up to 8 persons
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Private transfer from Saint Tropez to Nice up to 8 persons

£48

Get transported from Saint Tropez to Nice by your personal bi-lingual driver. On this transfer between Saint Tropez and Nice the trip takes about 2 hours depending on the day's traffic.

Other areas in Toulon - Hyeres

Le Mourillon
Le Mourillon showing a marina

Le Mourillon

Known for Ports, Marinas, Coffee

Learn about this sleepy town’s naval history after walking through its stunning gardens and dozing on the sandy beach.

Les Sablettes
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Les Sablettes

Known for Ferry, Sea, Beaches

4/5(2 reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Les Sablettes. You might want to make time for a stop at Sablettes Beach or Plage de Mar Vivo.

Hyères City Centre
Hyères City Centre, Hyeres, France
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Hyères City Centre

Known for Monuments, Natural Parks, Gardens

Hyères City Centre is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tour des Templiers and Place Massillon.

La Capte
La Capte, Hyeres, France

La Capte

Known for Nature, Beaches

Travellers like the beaches in La Capte, and La Capte Beach is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Cap Benat
Cap Benat, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France

Cap Benat

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Cap Benat and surrounding area, you can visit Fort de Bregancon and Le Lavandou Beach.

Cavaliere Beach
Cavaliere Beach, Le Lavandou, France
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Cavaliere Beach

Known for Relaxing, Sea, Beaches

Well-liked for its beaches and restaurants, you might stop by Layet Beach and Pramousquier Beach while you're exploring Cavaliere Beach and the surrounding neighbourhoods.