Visit the Port and the city of Toulon


With its ideal central position on the French Med coast, Toulon nestles between mountain and sea in what is considered the most beautiful, widest and best-sheltered bay in Europe protecting the port from prevailing winds and offering accessibility in all weather conditions. The port is very secure thanks to the presence of the French Navy and its full ISPS compliance. It benefits from excellent facilities able to accommodate the world’s largest ships. Toulon offers a high-standard’s reception quality and a unique experience for cruise guests: all day long, a multilingual reception staff provides tourist information and complimentary souvenirs, a Provencal mini-market takes place inside the terminal… In Toulon, each ship and guest is treated as unique! The highly qualified port community: pilots, tugs, stevedores, local agents and tour operators work in close partnership offering quality services due to their long experience in cruise activity.
A unique city-centre location
From the ship to the city-centre, passengers and crew are only a few steps away. They can easily reach the promenade along the marina with its many restaurants and cafes, a main shopping-mall (100 boutiques), the old medieval quarter and its picturesque Provencal street market (the biggest one in Provence), its fountains, shady’ squares, chic quarter from Baron Haussmann including the impressive Opera, its museums and monuments.
At the heart of Provence, bordering the French Riviera
Thanks to its strategic position, Toulon, capital of the South of France’s beautiful VAR region, can offer a large and wide variety of shore-excursions: in brand name places such as St-Tropez, Aix en Provence or in the secret Provence including future best-sellers excursions such as Sanary, Le Castellet, Bormes-les-mimosas, etc.

Must see tourist attractions (driving time in minutes from the port)
Toulon: Old town (provençal street market, monuments, etc.) / Le Mourillon chic quarter and sandy beaches / Cable-car (short distances: under 15mn by walk or local buses)
Picturesque fishing ports: Sanary sur Mer (20mn) / Cassis (35mn)
Hilltop and historical villages: Le Castellet (25mn) / Bormes les mimosas (35mn)
Wine-tasting: Bandol (20mn) / Cassis (35mn)
Beach and leisure’s resorts: Bandol (20mn) / Six fours les plages (15mn)
Marseille (50mn) / Aix en Provence (60mn)
Saint Tropez (70mn)

Distances / Transportation City-centre: Port is located IN the city-centre
Railway station: 15mn walk / 5mn drive from the port
Airport: Toulon-Hyères 25km (20mn drive) / Marseille 90km (75mn drive) / Nice 140km (90mn drive)
Free shuttle service to city: Port is IN the city. Free shuttle service for disabled persons + regular scenic trains to “Le Mourillon” quarter, luxuriant gardens and sandy beaches (20mn walk)
Maximum ship dimensions for berth
Length: 300mtr + 330mtr (Le Môle)
Width: no limit
Draught: 9.50mtr
Available: Yes (at Toulon and many other ports of anchorage all along the VAR Region’s coast)
Ship tenders allowed: Yes
Tugs available: Yes
Tidal Movement/Range: 50cmtr
Total number of quays: 4
Total length of quays: 1025mtr
Quay depth: Up to 9.50mtr
Passenger Terminals: 2


Toulon between sea and mountain
The maritime city of Toulon nestles in Europe’s largest and most beautiful bay, bordered by high wooded hills topped with ancient forts: an unusual but idyllic marriage of sea and mountain. Although the city has been a powerful military port for centuries, its bay offers much more than the naval base. The adjacent coast alternates pretty creeks shaded by umbrella pines, high ochre-red cliffs, little fjords or “calanques” sparkling with translucent turquoise waters, golden sandy beaches and picturesque fishing harbours.
Mount Faron’s breathtaking summit mingles sunlit white cliffs, rocky terraces, sweet-smelling underwoods and Mediterranean forests – accompanied by a symphony of cicada song!
It is accessible by cable car (the only one of the Mediterranean coast) or road.
Toulon beaches and bay
Boasting 17 acres of golden sandy beaches, 22 acres of green spaces and play areas and pretty waterside bars and restaurants, the Mourillon beaches are the favourite haunt for locals and holiday-makers in both summer and winter.
The wildest beaches of La Mître to the West and magnificent creeks of Méjean and Magaud to the East are absolute musts.
The best way to grasp the city’s layout is definitely to start your visit with a boat tour of the fabulous bay. Many guided tours run the port all year round.
Toulon Provençal city
Set against a mountain and living off the sea, Toulon is rich of historical interest. Its animated little streets shaded by plane trees tell fascinating stories of pirates, prisons, and expeditions to faraway climes…
Toulon’s Provençal market is undoubtedly Provence’s largest and most famous. It’s a feast of colour and fragrance, alive with the sunny Mediterranean accent of the stallholders.

Toulon is the ideal departure point for a large choice of excursions to discover Provence's beautiful scenery. Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monaco - to name just a few! – are all located within a 180 km radius of the city by car, coach or train. The Var region and surrounding areas are also home to a multitude of ancient, typically-Provençal villages.

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