Why choose a cruise to Toulon?
Lying in between rugged limestone mountains and the lagoon-like waters of the Mediterranean, Toulon is a vibrant city in the region of Provence. There are numerous districts to explore, from the serene promenades near the harbour to the cobbled alleys of the old town.
One of the highlights of a Toulon for the Côte d’Azur cruise is easy access to numerous beautiful beaches, from secluded coves to vast expanses of golden sand. There are plenty within walking distance of Toulon, but you can also venture further afield to the beaches of St Tropez.
A guide to Toulon’s hotspots
Take a trip to Le Mourillon, a district in the east of Toulon. Once a fishing village, this vibrant neighbourhood still has a friendly, traditional feel. You’ll get a real taste of local life here, from the buzzing street market to the restaurants selling Provençal fish dishes.
For the best view in town, take a cable car ride up craggy Mont Faron. You’ll ascend to a height of 584m, where you’ll be able to look down over the city and the glittering sea. There are picnic areas and walking paths on the summit for you to enjoy. There’s even a wild-cat breeding centre you can visit.
Wind your way through the beautiful countryside of Provence to reach Aix-en-Provence, only an hour away. This stunning town is full of character, with tree-lined boulevards, colourful houses and ornate fountains. You can visit the studio of impressionist painter Paul Cézanne who created many artworks here.
In the hot summer months, your highest priority will be to find a beach to relax on. If you walk a short way along the coastal path you’ll discover Plage de La Mitre. It’s located on a headland, surrounded by greenery, giving it a wild and secluded feel even though it’s close to the city centre. Meanwhile, the district of Le Mourillon boasts four golden sand beaches with plenty of amenities.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Toulon
The best time to visit Toulon
Toulon has a sunny Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers. If you plan on spending most of your time on the beach, visit during July and August, when the temperature ranges from 23°C-28°C.
But to avoid the summer heat and the crowds, we recommend visiting in March when there is very little rainfall and the temperature lies between 10°C-13°C. If you’re a foodie make sure you check out the open-air seafood festival at the port – it takes place at the beginning of the month.
Did you know?
- There are 82 Blue Flag beaches along the Côte d’Azur, a designation given to only the most pristine beaches
- Toulon’s biggest street market is held daily in the Cours Lafayette
- From June to August is Provence’s lavender season, when the fields in the region turn a deep purple colour
- A tasty Toulon street-food is la cade, a chickpea cake baked in a wood-fired oven