Home to one of France’s top rugby teams, whether you are travelling to nearby Marseille or going to a match in town on one of our ruby tours, Toulon has many other fun things to do, as well as watching great rugby live.
At JWT Travel we are offering a new tour traveling directly to Toulon for our France v Ireland 6 nations rugby tour, departing in 2024. So here is our list of the top 5 fun things to do in Toulon, while on your Rugby tour and/or happen to be thinking about travelling to Toulon.
1 – Mont Faron
Mont Faron is a 584m high mountain with beautiful views of Toulon. It can be accessed by the hiking trail or by cable car. The cable car is a favourite for family’s with tickets starting at €6.50 for children (4-10) and €8.50 for adults! At the summit you’ll fall in love with the view and can go for walks on the cliff-top tracks, as well as visit museums which we will discuss further down below.
2 – Cours Lafayette Market
Street markets are a way of life in Toulon and the largest one in the city is the Cours Lafayette Market, located on a long pedestrian street in the city centre, stretching to the harbour. The locals tend to buy their groceries here and is a great way to experience local delicacies, with a large variety of products as well as being reasonably priced. As well as groceries, you’ll be able to find flowers, local products, clothes and small home furnishings.
3 – Toulon Harbour
Once you get to the end of the market you can explore the Toulon Harbour. An attractive setting, spotting the various yachts, fishing boats, French navy boats and even an Aircraft carrier. Embark on a guided tour of the piers of the Baie du Lazare and the historic naval cemetery, discovering the history of the military harbour used by the French navy since the 15th century. Then stopping at the various harbour-side eateries for a chilled glass of something and a bite of local cuisine.
4 – Plage du Mourillon
The most simple but also one of our favourite fun things to do in Toulon is visiting the sandy beaches of Toulon, perfect for cooling down as it walking distance from the city centre (30min). As well as getting some sun and going for a splash, there are many things to keep you occupied at the beach. There are many lovely bars and restaurants, and even a free play area to keep the little ones happy, including mini golf.
5 – Museums
On the way to Mont Faron, make sure to stop by one of Toulon’s many museums, Musée Mémorial du Débarquement. A World War II fortress commemorating the Allied landing of August 1944 and paying tribute to the liberation of Provence. Visitors can find contemporary uniforms, weapons, field equipment and much more to inspect.
Another museum you must visit is the Musée National de la Marine, displaying Toulon’s maritime history and the role of the navy throughout the centuries. The museum features permanent collections as well as seasonal exhibitions with a free audio guide available in English to accompany your visit.
Toulon has many other museums such as Museum Dpartemental du Var, natural history museum, or the art museum Musee des Arts Asiatiques.
If your planning a weekend rugby trip to Toulon, you’re in for a treat! Check out our packages for the France v Ireland trip 2024, staying in Toulon, which includes flights, transport and accommodation.
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