Toulon is situated on the south coast of France and kisses the Mediterranean Sea. The French seaside city has a little over 170,000 citizens. Toulon is considered a part of the French Riviera although it may not have the high-luxury appeal of other locations on the coast such as Monaco or Nice.
Located just one hour from Marseille, Toulon receives fewer than 200,000 tourists a year. Anyone who wants to get away from other travelers and enjoy a French city like a local should choose Toulon as it is the perfect destination.
Toulon may not be the first city one thinks of when traveling to France, but it is a perfect place to go on holiday.
Local Favorite: TapenadeTapenade was invented by Chef Meynier in 1880 at the La Maison Doree Restaurant in southern France. Since its invention, tapenade has become synonymous with the southern region of the country. Traditional tapenade is made by crushing capers and black olives. The crushed mixture is combined with anchovies and tuna before spices, pepper, and olive oil are added. Tapenade can be spread onto bread and enjoyed with a glass of wine, or as a side to a meal. It is also consumed by dipping vegetables or bread into it. Tapenade's ingredients are considered incredibly healthy resulting in the spread being labeled a so-called "superfood".
Opéra de Toulon
La Tour Royale
Plages du Mourillon
Top Tourist Attractions
Mont Faron is the most famous landmark in Toulon. Standing 1,916 feet tall, Mont Faron provides a beautiful backdrop to the city. The best way to reach the top of Mont Faron is by the Téléphérique du Faron cable car. Of course, travelers can walk up the mountain, but the cable car provides exceptional views of the Bay of Toulon and the surrounding area.
Musée Mémorial du Débarquement
The Musée Mémorial du Débarquement, or Allied Landing Museum, is for any history buff. Located at the top of Mont Faron, the Musée Mémorial du Débarquement has artifacts and exhibits based on the 1944 allied landing at Toulon. It is the perfect destination for any former military members on holiday in France or anyone with a family member that fought in World War II.
Circuit Paul Ricard
The Circuit Paul Ricard was built in 1969 by eccentric businessman Paul Ricard. In 2018, the French Grand Prix returned to the circuit after a 27-year hiatus at the famed racetrack. Petrolheads can attend the French Grand Prix each June or experience one of the other great race events hosted by the circuit throughout the year. There are a number of events hosted here from motorcycle races to GT and endurance car events. Visitors can also tour the circuit when visiting.
AGS Formule 1
AGS Formule 1 ran a Formula 1 team from 1986 to 1991. Now, the company offers driving courses for motorsport enthusiasts. Petrolheads can take part in a number of different driving courses and feel the power of real Formula One cars. AGS offers half-day and full-day driving courses, and each gives learners the chance to select their preferred racecar. The driving courses take place at either the Circuit Paul Ricard or the Circuit du Luc-en-Provence. Each location offers learners an exciting experience. A driving course with AGS will provide learners with one of the most in-depth driving experiences around.
Toulon’s Mediterranean Sea location makes it ideal for anyone who wants to get some sun and swim in the coastal waters. The Mourillon beaches are European Blue Flag beaches. The award is only given to the best beaches on the continent and is a sign of high quality. There are other beaches located down the shoreline that offer solitude for visitors. The little coves are surrounded by pine trees and give a quiet, isolated feeling to visitors.