Presentation of the destination
Located in a privileged enclave, between the mountain and the sea, Tolon (in French Toulon, in Occitan Tolon) is a city and municipality of the department of Var, in France. It sits on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The natural port of the Gallic country, it is home to the largest military port in France and the naval base of Tolón, which still fulfills its arsenal function. Its important military function over the centuries is reflected in its numerous fortresses and towers. During World War II it suffered successive bombings, but in spite of it, it managed to save great part of the monumental legacy of the city. Provence, the historic presence of the French Navy and religion are the three pillars on which all this great architectural and artistic wealth is inspired. Thanks to its exceptional natural environment (the city is surrounded by hills overlooking the bay ), its beaches, its dynamic life, Toulon is a holiday destination of the first order.
Points of interests / things to see
Closed to the sea by the peninsula of Giens to the east and by Saint-Mandrier to the south, the bay is divided into two: the large roadstead (or the Vignettes, to the east) and the small roadstead to the west, which is Together with Toulon, La Seyne-sur-mer and Saint-Mandrier. Between both there is a small dam designed in the 19th century. In this space was in the past the famous spa of Tamaris, frequented by the composer Chopin and his partner George Sand. Currently the arsenal and the port are located. From this you can take a guided tour by boat. A one hour walk to see the fortifications, warships, mussels, etc. Also depart from the port the boats that lead to CÃ³rcega, or Porquerolles islands and the rest of European destinations. The beaches are one of the great attractions of Toulon. And those of Mourillon, the most popular. They enjoy a European blue flag and have good services to go with family, as well as for people with disabilities, nautic sports clubs, etc. You can easily reach them by taking bus 3 or 23 (RÃ © seau Mistral public service). The neighborhood of Mourillon, which they bathe, is also worth a visit for its picturesque and lively atmosphere, its shops and numerous restaurants where you can taste a good dish of fish or seafood.
More than fifty fountains cool the streets and especially the squares of Toulon. The city is full of them. This relationship â € œof loveâ € with the sources is implicit in the name of Toulon, since the origin of the name derives from that of the Celto-Ligure goddess of the springs, Telonus. The oldest one is the Panier fountain, and among the best known, the fountain â € œPigneâ €, â € œIntendenciaâ € or â € œTambourinâ € .In the famous Place de la LibertÃ © is the monumental Fontaine de la FÃ © dÃ © ration "(1889), created by the Allar brothers. This spacious Haussmann-style square is bordered by a cinema, a theater (the ThÃ © Ã ¢ tre LibertÃ ©, whose faÃ§ade is that of the ancient and magnificent Grand HÃ'tel (1869), cafÃ © s, restaurants, shops ... Place Puget In the Toulon center, it occupies the place where the old grain market used to be.The "Fontaine des Trois Dauphins" (three dolphins), sculpted by Toscat and Chatel in 1780, adds more beauty to the already picturesque square. Overflowing with vegetation, the fountain is like a hanging garden, protected by centenary trees, full of charming cafés, here you can rest from a "hard day" of tourism.
The most important is the Cathedral, located in the center of the city. Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds has more than 900 years and a sum of styles that shows the transformations carried out in different periods, from the eleventh century, when the original Roma temple was built unique, until the seventeenth century. Thus, the façade, you have Baroque details and is crowned by a beautiful Provencal belfry from the 18th century. Although it has been restored several times, the interior is Gothic, highlighting the Baroque marble altar created by Christophe Veyrier. The church of San Luis is a very outstanding neoclassical example. Originally it was an atheist temple dedicated to the â € œCulture of Reason and the supreme knowledgeâ €. It has a magnificent illuminated dome located on the altar. The Church of San Francisco de Paúl, near the port, was built in the 17th century as a monastery chapel of the same name. Its style is baroque Provencal and highlights in the interior an eighteenth-century altarpiece in polychrome marble, as well as the walnut sill, and the wooden carved by SÃ © nÃ © quier Chair.
Also in the port are two of the most beautiful doors of Toulon. Custodiando the entrance to the Naval Museum is the Monumental Gate of the Arsenal. As the name suggests is an impressive construction erected in the eighteenth century. The pediment is supported by four Greek columns and is flanked by the image of Mars and Minerva, gods of war and wisdom respectively. The Monumental Gate of the Jesuit College is somewhat older, since it was built in 1689. At the top you can see the framed shield, on its day decorated with several fleurs de lis that were erased during the French Revolution. Nothing has to do from the architectural point of view any of these two models with the Door of Italy, located in the Plaza Armand VallÃ ©, and that owes its name to that was used by Napoleon Bonaparte to leave the city in his campaign. Italian The "Porte d 'Italie", designed by the military engineer Vauban and finished in 1791, is one of the last vestiges of the old wall and a good example of fortified architecture.
Color, smell, taste ... there is no adventure more exciting than visiting a market in Provence and mixing among the fruit and vegetable stands, living this frenetic activity and discovering the rich gastronomic offer of Toulon. The Cours Lafayette Market It is, without doubt, the most famous and popular. Sell fruit and vegetables, flowers and textiles. It opens every morning from 7.30 to 12.30 a.m. except on Mondays. It is in Cours Lafayette and Rue Paul Lendrin (â € œPetit Coursâ €), Place Louis Blanc, Rue de Lorgues and Place Paul Comte.Â On the other hand, in the local Farming Market you will find food produced exclusively by farmers in the area. . It works every Friday and Saturday until 1 pm. at Rue Paul Lendrin (â € œPetit Coursâ €). In the markets of Mourillon and Place Pont du Las Market you will find fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as fish, clothes and local cheeses. The first is located in the Place Emile Claude and Place Monseigneur Deydier, and the second in the Place Martin BidourÃ © every morning except on Mondays. And you can still visit two others, the Saint Jean du Var and the Brunet. A pleasure for the five senses.
The most emblematic of Toulon are the Tour de l 'Horlogeâ € or â € œTour CarrÃ © eâ € and the Tour Royale. The first rises within the walls of the naval base. Your famous watch can be seen from the main entrance. As for the Tour Royale, it was the first defensive post erected in the bay of Toulon and ordered built by order of Louis XII in the sixteenth century. In World War II it was occupied by German troops and escaped the American bombing thanks to its equipment with different anti-aircraft systems.
Located in the district of Mourillon, Fort Saint-Louis was built in 1696 by order of Vauban. Its magnificent position at the entrance to the bay turned this place into a safe and strategic place to repel enemy attacks and defend the city. The tower was originally called "Tour des viÃ ± etas" and in 1707 it experienced its moment of glory with the siege of the city of Toulon led by the Anglo-Spanish Navy.
With the sea as the horizon, this hiking route is several kilometers long and runs through a Mediterranean landscape that stretches from the Tour Royale to MÃ © jean Cove, passing through the beaches of Mourillon and some secret and enchanting coves. A path dotted with fishermen's huts and wonderful scenery both in summer and winter. In addition to this walking route, there are numerous gardens and coastal parks in the city and its surroundings that offer a place of peace and contact with nature, those that surround the mentioned beaches of Mourillon offer spectacular panoramas to the bay. It is also worth discovering the Jardin d 'acclimatation, on the Frédéric Mistral coast, or the Tour Royale garden.
Toulon is bordered by small peaks -Coudon, Baou de Quatre Aures, Monte Caume or Faron- from which the panoramas are exceptional. From the 584 meters altitude of Mount Faron, very close to the city, you can enjoy the bay in all its splendor on one side and the interior of the region of Var on the other. It is reached by telephone or by car, but the route on foot is not too difficult. Once at the summit there are countless activities that can be carried out: walking along its marked routes, resting in its picnic areas, eating in one of its restaurants ... You can even visit a cat breeding center. © sâ € | A tour of the most recommended.
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How to get there ?
Toulon is an important junction with an extensive transport network to travel to and tour the city. By airplane: The Toulon-HyÃ¨res airport has connections with the main French cities - very frequent to Paris - and some international destinations. More information: http://www.toulon-hyeres.aeroport.fr By train: National train schedules and reservations at SNCF: http://www.sncf.com Train schedules reservations and reservations at TER (SNCF): http://www.ter-sncf.com Buses: Information to travel to Europe from Toulon de Eurolines: http://www.eurolines.fr. Gare routiÃ¨re de Toulon: all the information about the Toulon bus station. Varlib: travel to the Var region of the interurban network coach for only 3 â,¬ RÃ © seau Mistral: public bus network and boat-bus that serves the metropolitan area of Toulon-Provence-MÃ © diterranÃ © e: http: //www.reseaumistral.comÂ Taxi: Taxis RÃ © gion Toulonnaise â € "tea. 04 94 93 51 51 Boat: Boat-bus services in the Bay of Toulon: -Services to the peninsula of Saint-Mandrier, La Seyne-sur-Mer and the beaches of Les Sablettes. Timetables and prices: RÃ © seau Mistral: http: //www.reseaumistral.comÂ -Service Toulon-Porquerolles islands: from May to October - Ferry to CÃ³rcega: Ferries are available all year round to Ajaccio and Bastia Ile Rousse Book the one at Corsica Ferries: http://www.corsica-ferries.fr, or SNCM: http://www.sncm.fr.
Toulon city hall
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