Trip time! Discover the museums, beaches and art in Toulon.

Two thousand years ago, when Toulon was still known as Télo, Roman sailors defended their purple dye production against pirates, who coveted its exceptional location. Since the 15th century, French kings made it the jewel in the crown of their navy, leaving Marseilles as the centre of trade. Victor Hugo took inspiration from the life of Toulon’s galley slaves to come up with Jean Valjean, the famous convict in Les Misérables.

When you discover the city, you'll be immediately impressed by the historic remnants of maritime defence, with the Porte Monumentale de l'Arsenal, the Navy Museum, the Place d'Armes, Fort Balaguier naval museum, the Tour Carrée lookout, the Eguillette fortifications and the huge cimetière marin, where decommissioned ships are moored. The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle can be seen when it's docked, though it's not open to the public for national security reasons.

When it comes to the seaside, you can bask on Le Mourillon's 7 hectares of beaches, near the exotic jardin d'acclimatation. For those who like to seek out secret spots, a dip in the Crique du Cap Brun or the Anse Méjean is a must, in the shade of fishermen's cabins. Once the evening rolls around, go and try a cade, a traditional chickpea cake, outside one of the restaurants in the port of Toulon, which has retained a very Provençal village feel.

As for the town, Toulon is a major centre of culture: a grand opera house, the Place de la Liberté and the Haute-Ville area and its countless brasseries will make your walk among the fountains and palm trees extra special. Don't forget to take the cable-car to view the scrubland of the countryside from the top of Mont Faron.

Toulon is in the heart of the Mediterranean, situated between Marseilles and Nice, and is easy to get to however you travel, with Toulon-Hyères international airport, a high-speed station in the city centre, a ferry terminal and the Mistral bus network.

Known for

Ports, Museums and Beaches

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Where to stay in Toulon

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.

Old Town
Old Town featuring flowers, a square or plaza and wild flowers

Old Town

Known for Theatres, Marinas, Culture

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

Top hotels in Toulon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Amirauté
Hotel Amirauté
3 out of 5
4, Rue Adolphe Guiol, Toulon, Var
£53
per night
8 Nov-9 Nov

Located in the heart of Toulon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hotel des Arts and Musee National de la Marine. Port of Toulon and Toulon Beach are ...

4/5Very Good! (395 reviews)

"The breakfast buffet ran fro 6:30am until 11am and had a choice of scrambled eggs or a boiler that could be set for soft, medium or hard and could do multiple eggs at one time! Plus sausage, potatoes, cereal choices yogurt, pastries, fruits, honey, maple syrup, stevia syrup! It was great. So cloe ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019

Hotel Amirauté
ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
ibis Styles Toulon Centre Port
3 out of 5
Place De Besagne, Toulon, Var
£62
per night
8 Nov-9 Nov

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! (124 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
Au Nouvel Hotel
Au Nouvel Hotel
224 boulevard de Tesse, Toulon, Var
£51
per night
1 Nov-2 Nov

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place de La Liberte and Musee National de la Marine. Port of Toulon and Toulon Beach are also ...

3.4/5Good! (193 reviews)
Basic, but served it's purpose.

"Hotel was basic, but fine, especially considering the price. We arrived late and very friendly lady helped us check-in. Room was small and bathroom was essentially a part of the bedroom, but for one night, it served it's purpose. Wifi was good. New TV in the room but didn't use. We didn't have breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2017

Au Nouvel Hotel

Popular things to do in Toulon

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hotel des Arts
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Hotel des Arts

Wander through the exhibition halls of this free gallery to see innovative artworks from the second half of the 20th century.

Top activities in Toulon

Vacation Photographer in Toulon
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Vacation Photographer in Toulon

£26

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

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

£117

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.

Magical Marseille & Cassis Half-day Small-group Tour
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Magical Marseille & Cassis Half-day Small-group Tour

£84

The Pick up will be at 8.30am from Marseille at Radisson Blu Hotel Vieux Port by Minibus. Your driver guide will take you to the charming ancient fishing port in Cassis,you will board on a 45-minute cruise through the breathtaking Calanques rocky white inlets one of the most beautiful shorelines.

Cassis half-day morning tour from Aix en Provence
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Cassis half-day morning tour from Aix en Provence

£58

Meet your guide in central Aix en Provence at 9 am. Drive to Cassis, a former fishermen village called the little Saint-Tropez of Provence. Free time to visit this charming village at your own pace, relax on the beach or enjoy a 45 mn mini-cruise in the 3 main inlets of the national park, listed by Unesco as world park heritage since 2012.

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

£98

Delve into the history, architecture, and cultural heritage of Provence on this full-day outing to its vibrant cities and quaint towns. Visit the lively market of medieval Aix-en-Provence, relax in the little fishing port of Cassis, and experience landmarks new and old on a guided tour of atmospheric Marseille.

Cassis Half-Day afternoon tour from Marseille
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Cassis Half-Day afternoon tour from Marseille

£58

Meet your guide in central Marseille at 2 PM and drive to Cassis , a former fishermen village called the little Saint-Tropez of Provence and listed by Unesco as world park heritage for its white cliff and turquoise water.