Toulon is a large military port on the Mediterranean side (fortified by Vauban in the 17th Century), where the Americans disembarked on 15th August 1944. It is also the birthplace of Raimu, whose singing voice sums up the cheeky humour of Provence. The Provençal way of living here is nibbling on a 'cade' pancake in the shade of the plane trees on cours Lafayette or sipping a pastis in one of the many bars that bring the city to life at night.
Go on a boat excursion to discover the coves. Sporty types might like to visit the exceptional sites along the coast of Var by kayak.
Fans of water sports will be spoilt for choice: windsurfing, paddle boarding, catamaran rides and a discovery of the underwater world. Have an unforgettable time trying one of the city's many different adventure tours, or even try your hand at paint ball.
Discover Toulon in all its glory via the many hiking trails from which, in addition to learning more about the city's history, you will be able to admire the panoramic views of Var.
Visit the Domaine de la Cressoniere winery and the Partegal and Esquiral Mill oil mills, where you will discover the secrets to making olive oil.
Nature lovers will be happy to explore the Domaine du Rayol, a wildlife park with nature trails and a beautiful butterfly garden. On Mont Faron, you can admire an unbelievable panoramic view overlooking the city and the Mediterranean.
The Churches of St. Louis and St. Francis as well as the Toulon Cathedral will delight history buffs. You will be equally impressed by the Royal Tower, Fort Saint-Louis, Saint-Antoine and Lamalgue, which are all full of history. Try to visit the Natural History Museum, old Toulon and the Naval Museum.
Feel like sailing off somewhere? Take a boat from Toulon to Proquerolles or Corsica for a day or even a weekend.
Avoid going out too late at night as Toulon's city centre is known for being a bit rough.
Don't leave Toulon without having tried the specialities of the region: anchovy cream, pistou soup, bouillabaisse and zucchini flower fritters. Enjoy the octopus stew and the seafood along the coast with a wine from Provence.
Typical tablecloths and fabrics from Provence are a perfect way to bring the colours of the south home with you. For all you gourmets out there, don't forget to bring back some black and white nougat, tapenade, herbes de Provence and olive oil. As for wine lovers, make sure you bring back a few bottles of wine from Provence.