Costa del Sol
The sprawling city of Toulon is home to France’s largest naval base and is situated in a lovely, sheltered bay. This important city has a picturesque beach and area called Le Mourillon, ideal for a day in the sea or spent wandering the pretty promenade. Take time to sit back and unwind in your private villa or explore this exciting part of the French Riviera. To the west of Toulon you’ll find the quaint seaside resorts of Sanary-sur-Mer and Bandol, both with wonderful beaches and charming shops to explore.
Claiming to be the biggest street market in the region, the Marche de Provence is situated in the heart of Toulon. Spreading for several hundred metres along the Cours Lafayette, the market takes place everyday other than Monday and truly comes alive at the weekend. The Halles de Toulon is a beautifully renovated art deco food hall boasting 25 independent artisan and food traders serving everything from beer to baguettes. Across the city you’ll find a good selection of shops including mini markets. On the edges of the city you’ll also find a number of larger supermarkets.
As a bustling city you’ll find a number of fantastic eateries throughout. For some classic French fare head to the old town where there are a great selection of bistros serving delicious dishes. The port area is ideal for seafood lovers. Not only will you enjoy some of the best and freshest fish and shellfish, but you’ll be treated to wonderful views of the harbour.
Toulon has some of the best beaches along the French Riviera, the most well-known being that of Le Mourillon, a former fishing port. This cluster of beaches have lovely wide bays backed by a delightful grass area and an excellent selection of beach eateries and cafes. Around the bay you’ll find the sandy Sablettes Beach and close to Sanary-sur-Mer is the long pebbly Bonnegrace Beach. There are also numerous smaller coves and beaches along this magnificent stretch of coastline.
Take a boat trip to the beautiful Porquerolles island. With turquoise waters and an interesting history, it’s a great place to enjoy the day as a family. Experience one of the walking trails or hire a bike and explore the island in more detail. For a bird’s eye view of Toulon take the cable car (téléphérique) up Mont Faron where you’ll be treated to an incredible vista. Just south of Sanary-sur-Mer is Coudou Parc. This treetop assault course is ideal for those who aren’t afraid of heights. For a slower pace of life why not enjoy a ride on the tourist train which will take you on a leisurely trip along Toulon’s waterfront.
Situated on the French Riviera but within reach of Provence, Toulon commands an excellent position for exploring. For wine and nature lovers the stunning area of Provence is a must visit. Enjoy a glass of the delicious pale rose that the region is famous for at one of the many spectacular vineyards in this region. Aix-en-Provence is just an hour's drive from Toulon. In the opposite direction is the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez. Rich in history and culture, it’s under a 90 minute car journey from Toulon.
The pretty fishing port of Cassis, overlooked by the centuries old Chateau de Cassis, is just over 35 minutes’ drive away. It also serves as the gateway to the magnificent Calanques National Park, a 20km area of outstanding beauty and diverse landscapes that stretches along the coast to Marseille.
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