There has never been a better time to go to Toulon. France´s second largest naval port after Brest used to have a reputation as a missing jewel in the glittering crown of the glamorous French Riviera and was more fitting for the title of Victor Hugo´s most famous novel Les Miserables which was inspired by the slaves that were imprisoned here. A revitalization program that began in 2002 however, is gradually picking up steam and the luxury yachts of multi-millionaires are now rubbing shoulders alongside a formidable navy fleet in the picturesque harbour. Restoration to historical buildings such as the opulent 19th century Opera House and the classic Musée des Beaux Arts, together with newly planted palm trees lining the place de la Liberte is beginning to attract the money men and a splurge of elegant designer shops, sophisticated restaurants and artisan cafes serve to compliment the emerging attraction of Toulon. Nestled in the quiet alleyways and overlooking busy squares with boasting impressive fountains you will find a host of fully-furnished Toulon apartments and is the ideal base from which to explore the region such as the Chateau Vallon and le Cours Lafayette to the west and the charming village of Mourillon to the southeast.
When to go to Toulon
Toulon enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate and is good to visit any time of year. The cool breeze coming in through the harbour tempers the heat of the sun during the summer and with the city in full bloom is the best time to visit. Toulon is still fairly undiscovered so the beaches are not so overcrowded during this time. In winter temperatures don´t drop any lower than 12 degrees Celsius so you don´t need to pack anything extra than a light jumper.
Getting to and around Toulon
Flights arrive in Toulon-Hyères International Airport 23 Km from Toulon, but a regular bus service is available from outside the terminal building. High-speed trains run from Paris and are also available from just outside the bus terminal in Hyeres. Once in Toulon getting around by bus is a cheap and convenient option, although visitors should experience the water taxi to cross the harbour or to get to the beach on Porquerolles Island.
Where to stay in Toulon
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