Toulon, the largest city in the Var, is a fantastic destination for a day trip from Bormes les Mimosas. With its beautiful harbor and a plethora of activities, Toulon offers something for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or a culture buff. Let’s explore the different sides of Toulon.

Ville de Toulon

City side

Between architecture and culture

Immerse yourself in the rich architecture and vibrant culture of Toulon’s historical center. Divided into the upper and lower town, connected by the impressive Place de la Liberté, you can start your exploration here. The city streets are a blend of architectural wonders and cultural delights. Don’t miss the magnificent Toulon Opera, where captivating performances take place. Take a stroll through the arts street, home to designer stores and art galleries. Explore the numerous museums, including the Toulon Art Museum (MAT), the Hôtel des Arts, and the former Bishop’s Palace, which hosts the Design Parade annually. Make sure to visit the renowned Cours Lafayette market and the recently renovated Halles de Toulon, offering a unique dining experience. As you descend towards the harbor, you’ll encounter the bustling Port of Toulon and the famous Mayol Stadium, the venue for rugby matches.

In Toulon, architecture can also rhyme with greenery. In the Alexandre Ier park, you can see the Chalucet media library, a former hospital that has been completely renovated but which has kept the charm of the old building, including the chapel.

Mediathèque Chalucet Toulon

Sea side

Like Bormes les Mimosas, Toulon stretches from the hills to the sea, offering delightful coastal experiences. The most popular beaches are found in Mourillon, where you can indulge in beachfront bars, restaurants, water sports, and playgrounds. For a more secluded and authentic experience, explore the lesser-known coves such as Anse Méjean or Anse Magaud, which boast idyllic landscapes.

Ville de Toulon

Follow the coastal path,

and discover hidden gems like La Mitre and Pipady, offering tranquil beaches away from the crowds

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Toulon’s renowned port, which accommodates the Corsica Ferries and the illustrious aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Some say it is “the most beautiful harbor in Europe,” and you can even explore it by boat.

On the nature side

For breathtaking panoramic views, head to Mont Faron. Hop on the legendary red cabin of the Toulon cable car and ascend over 500 meters above sea level. From there, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the majestic Toulon mountain peaks on the other. Explore the hiking trails or visit the D-Day Memorial. Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate Toulon’s charming gardens, such as the Pont du Las garden, which houses the Departmental Museum of Var, the Acclimatization garden, boasting gigantic palm trees, and the Royal Tower garden. These green oases within the city provide a refreshing escape and a chance to immerse yourself in nature.

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