Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Toulon and its surroundings
Historic Toulon has plenty to see and do – visitors will feel spoiled for choice. Why not start by admiring the Clock Tower, located inside the walls of the naval base, before wandering around the port. Take notice of the huge door supporting the town hall balcony – complete with two figures known as ‘Les Atlantes’. Walk around the ‘Genie de la Navigation’ – a bronze statue sculpted by Louis-Joseph Daumas. Spend some time in the Naval museum and admire the monumental door which serves as an entrance, complete with statues of Greek gods Mars and Minerva. Visit the neo-classical Eglise Saint-Louis and the Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds Cathedral, which is over 800 years old. Relax in the cafes and restaurants of the Place de la Liberté or walk around Place Puget, formerly Toulon’s main square built on the site of the ancient grain market. The city has several markets, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, such as the local farmers’ market, the Cours Lafayette market, selling textiles, flowers, fruit and vegetables or the Mourillon market, selling fish and cheeses as well as seasonal produce. Toulon used to be known as the ‘City of Fountains’ – why not see how many you can spot while on a stroll?