Toulon Travel Information
A typical Mediterranean port town, Toulon has one of the prettiest harbors in France. This beautiful natural harbor is filled with small fishing boats and fashionable yachts. Along the picturesque port, palm-fringed waterfront sidewalks are lined with boutiques and the terraces of bustling brasseries. The city of Toulon combines a resort ambience with the feel of a real working town, as it is France's main naval base as well as a center of fishing and other industries. Toulon also boasts a rich Provençal heritage seen in traditions such as the "Cérémonie des Couleurs" and the colorful markets. Leisurely seaside strolls and time spent basking on the beach help to soak up the sunny Mediterranean lifestyle.
The most dominating landmark of Toulon, the impressive Mont Faron can be reached by foot, car, or the téléphérique (cable car). It is possible to take a slow-paced walk or a more vigorous hike along the footpaths to the summit. The cable car offers the most spectacular transfer to Mont Faron. The 1,437-meter ride features breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Bay of Toulon and the landscape of the Le Var region. To arrive at Mont-Faron by car, drive along the Corniche du Mont Faron, a panoramic road halfway up Mont Faron that offers magnificent sea views. In the early morning and at sunset, the azure Mediterranean waters and verdant coastline look especially stunning. Along this road bordering the district of Sainte-Anne are many lovely villas on the slope of the hillside. At the 548-meter-high summit of Mont Faron, visitors are awed by the sweeping views overlooking the five Mounts of Toulon, the sea, and the coastline.