Conveniently located on the shores of the Mediterranean, the city of Toulon has all the attractions of a large city combined with the charms of the coast. Located in the south of France, Toulon enjoys long, hot summers and mild winters, making it the perfect year-round destination. If you're planning a holiday in one of the fabulous gites in Provence, be sure to make time for a day or two in Toulon. As you'll discover, there is plenty to see and do.
For spectacular views out over the city and its surrounding areas, head out of Toulon and up to Mont Faron. At 584 metres tall, you'll find the air a few degrees cooler up here than in the city so it can be a great trip for hotter days. There is a cable car from Toulon which deposits you at the summit, or experienced and committed cyclists might choose to bike up the famously challenging mountain road.There is a zoo near the peak of the mountain which specialises in breeding wild cats. As well as the cats, Mont Faron zoo is home to bears, zebras, panthers, lions, hyenas and a host of other exotic animals.
The Photography Museum is only small so won't take too long to explore but it's well worth a visit. There museum is home to a wealth of contemporary photography and is housed in a light, airy building.
The city hosts a traditional Provencal market on every morning except Mondays. The main market is located on Cours Lafayette and sells an incredible array of local produce. There are also several smaller markets scattered about the city. If you're staying in one of the many gites in Provence, markets are the best place to stock up on food and supplies.
A great way to revive the kids after a morning of sightseeing, the little tourist train is a firm favourite with visiting families. Running all through the summer months, the train departs from Toulon Port every 30 minutes and winds its way to the local beaches. The local tourist office will have details of the current timetable.
The naval museum is, fittingly, housed in an old arsenal building and offers visitors a fascinating insight into naval life. The museum charts Toulon's rich and lengthy naval history through displays and temporary exhibitions. Among the many exhibits are incredibly detailed scale models of ships and fantastic paintings of the city from days gone by. View villas in Provence.