Should You Visit Toulon?

Is Toulon worth visiting?

Yes, Toulon is worth visiting for a number of reasons. This is a port city that everyone should explore, and we loved our time here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this port city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the fantastic shopping and spectacular museums.

Toulon is often overlooked for more famous nearby cities, but for an off-the-beaten path experience along the French Riviera then this port city is one of a kind. It's probably more famous for its naval base than its appeal to tourists, but the old town has many sights and cafes and the harbor is a fun place to explore. There are also nearby beaches that are more frequented by locals than by travelers.

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6 Reasons to Visit Toulon

1. Shopping

If you're looking for traditional local shopping opportunities then this is your place. There are a number of traditional Provençal markets around town but the most famous is Cours Lafayette. You can shop with the locals looking for produce or flowers. There's also a weekend farmers market, Petit Cours, that is fun to explore.

2. Museums

Many of the sights are found in the old town and harbor areas. Some of the most interesting attractions include the Opera House, the Allied Landings Museum, the Naval Museum, and Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds.

3. Food

There are a variety of cafes and restaurants that are found along the harbor or in the old town. Whether you want waterfront views or a charming street front cafe, there are great options available. Many restaurants offer local seafood but you'll also find pastries, traditional local food, a several Italian restaurants.

4. Nightlife

It's a relatively large city and traditionally a sailor's town, so the city has a long running tradition of partying into the night. While it doesn't have the party-hard reputation of some places, you likely won't be bored at night. Head to the harbor area or the beaches around Mourillon for the most lively bars and cafes.

5. Beaches

The beaches are sandy and less crowded than some of the more popular areas. The most accessible beach is Mourillon Beach which has public facilities and restaurants. If you're willing to venture a little farther from the center of town you'll find Mitre Beach which has some snorkeling. Battere Basse Beach is a bit quieter and also has snorkeling. Anse de Méjean is a popular spot with the locals.

6. Authenticity

Toulon has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.

Is Toulon worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Toulon is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. Even though this destination is not very touristy, in the high season it's busier than usual because this is when most visitors come here.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 24°C (75°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 29°C (84°F).

You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable port city, especially in the nice weather. During this season it's fun to experience the beaches, the famous sights and museums, and the nightlife scene.

Summer Weather in Toulon
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
July 24°C (75°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
August 23°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in)
September 20°C (69°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)

Is Toulon worth visiting in the Autumn?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 16°C (61°F).

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Toulon, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is not very touristy, and in the shoulder season it can become fairly quiet.

This is a great time of year to admire the wonderful scenery and browse the museums.

Autumn Weather in Toulon
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
October 16°C (61°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
November 11°C (51°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
December 7°C (45°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)

Is Toulon worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Toulon. This destination is not very touristy, so in the low season it can become fairly quiet.

The weather in Toulon can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 7°C (44°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums, sample the delicious cuisine, and enjoy the evening activities.

Winter Weather in Toulon
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
January 7°C (44°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
February 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
March 10°C (50°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)

Is Toulon worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Toulon. This destination is not very touristy, and in the shoulder season it can become fairly quiet.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 13°C (56°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the many shops, the museums and landmarks, and the beautiful scenery. Also, you can experience the nightlife.

Spring Weather in Toulon
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
April 13°C (56°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
June 21°C (69°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Toulon

Historical Sights: Toulon isn't a place that's filled with a huge number of sights and attractions. The old town has plazas, terraced cafes, and plenty of outdoor shopping opportunities that visitors can enjoy.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Toulon might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Toulon here or see if Toulon is expensive here.


What is Toulon most famous for?

Toulon is most famous for its old town, its coastal setting, and its popularity with local vacationers. The port city is very popular for its shopping. It is also known for its great museums, food, nightlife, and beaches. It is often described as authentic, off-the-beaten-path, real world, and industrial.

What is the most famous sight in Toulon?

The most popular sight in Toulon is The Old Town. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Toulon on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Old Town and other attractions here.

How touristy is Toulon? Is it a popular port city to visit?

Toulon is an off-the-beaten-path port city that many travelers overlook. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

    • Ile de Porquerolles: VIP tour Villa Carmignac, Art & Vins: $272
    • Guided Tour in Port & Old City: $55
    • Provence Abbey of Thoronet Entrance Ticket: $9.82
    • Private Heritage Walking Tour in Toulon: $178
    • Little Train Ticket: $9.63
    • Toulon Private Tour: $278

    How long should I spend in Toulon?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Toulon is one to two days. Since Toulon has activities such as shopping, many visit for up to two days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Toulon? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Toulon?.

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