WHen you arrive to port you immediately get the impression that Toulon city was neglected, and it is not usually the style of France, where it is common to feel as though they have taken care of every corner, the facades of the houses were dirty, scruffy and many of the structures were horrible new construction without any harmony with the landscape. Luckily we discovered as we enter another softer side, something that reminded us that we were in France, not from a last resort, and today it isn´t a top priority. But this does not mean they have a good system to facilitate tourists a city guide. There are many things and places to see in Toulon, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Asian Art, and their churches, beaches or Mont Faron.I leave you with their web site so you can browse before visiting http://www.Toulon.Com
If we go up to it, we have to travel to the French area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, to the town of Toulon, where the Mount dominates the bay. Its height is 584 meters and its composition is principally of limestone, with a flat top for hiking trails. To get to the top there are 2 ways, either by car or cable car, drive access is through a one-way road that climbs up the side of the mountain and goes down on the other hand, where there are vantage points along the way where you can stop and enjoy the views. It usually ends in this mountain the 5th stage of the Mediterranean cycling race in the South of France since the year 1974. At the top, to gaze across the bay and its extension, one can walk among the pine trees, or climb and have a picnic in the areas, or eat in bars, restaurants there in the bush. Another thing we can do is visit the landing of Allied Memorial in Provence in the year 1944, or go to visit the Zoo at the top that specializes in the conservation of all types of cats. Definitely a place to enjoy a lovely panoramic view and to spend a day outdoors.
In 1860 in the bay of Toulon the first steps in mussel farming took place. Mussel farms grew in the Bay of Tamaris. The Villa Michel Pacha, who started the Moorish style buildings in the Bay, dating back to the 19th century, now is a museum of contemporary art.
Here you have some photos, but not too good and you get the idea of what the clock tower looks like, in case you may recognize it when you visit. In French it is called Tour Carrée de l'Horloge and it is in the same port.
At first glance the silhouette of the church of Church of San Francisco de Pauladoes not attract your attention, its style is simple and the side walls invite anyone to be confused with its use, but when we approach and discover its facade, without too many frills but with a portal that reveals the Baroque peculiarities that existed in this area of Provence. Dating from the eighteenth century, inside you can see the passing of time, struck by the pallor of its walls, in contrast to the darkness of the wooden furniture, such as the pulpit, carved in great detail, which makes it a beautiful work of art.
Toulon is a fairly large town located about 50 km southeast of Marseille and has an important port that allowed it to have a long history as the most important naval base of the French Navy in the Mediterranean. Thanks to its port Tolun has become a significant commercial and strategic city in order to get to other places, such as Corsica. It was precisely for this reason why we came to Toulon - to catch the ferry that took us to the French island. The port has fairly large dimensions and is divided into two area, one side is the part where the big ships come (both freight and passengers) and the other is the harbor for small boats. The most beautiful is the latter, no doubt, because it is full of all kind of beautiful boats, it is very easy to see sailboats or small well kept boats that are used for fishing. The largest part of the port (where the ferries arrive) is surrounded by a beautiful promenade that features some parks - from here you can enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean. The smaller harbor is surrounded by restaurants and cafes that are mostly for tourists but there are also several shops where you can buy souvenirs, but as you can imagine, the prices are more expensive than the city shops. Near the small harbor there is a fairly large building belonging to the army and, although you can not go inside, I recommend that you see the outside because it is quite nice and has two cannons by the main door. On the banks of the port are the major ferry company offices, such as Corsica Ferries, but depending on the time of year you arrive you may find them closed all day, which is what happened to us, so I recommend that you research opening times before you go or get your ferry tickets online.
If you visit Toulon there is a good place to see, and it is called the Cable Car Mount Faron. To get to it you can go by car, or take bus 40, if you want you can start off at Louis Blanc, which is where you can find the harbor and there about 20 minute drive to the cable car. Passing frequency of this line is about 20-25 minutes, we can look at the stop or ask times in the tourist office. Once you got off the bus behind you is the signpost. We climbed the stairs and found ourselves with the lockers. The return price is € 6.60, but if you buy a day Bonus + Cable Car it will come out to 6 € all, and all you do is travel by bus that day and boat. It can be bought in many places and in the same office of tourism. I will leave you with the transport page where you specify the types of tickets, timetables and other http://www.Reseaumistral.Com . It is mandatory to validate your ticket every time you go up to one of the transports. The cable car is open all year except January and December. It starts at 9:30 am and as the season makes a break at noon or service remains uninterrupted until closing time. It leaves every ten minutes and there are on-site public restrooms. The journey takes approx. five minutes, coming up with dogs is permitted provided they are bound, reaches a height of 584m above the sea level. Coming to the cable car is a nice half-day excursion to observe from above the beautiful bay of Toulon and its surroundings.
The Musée national de la Marine was created at the end of the 1st Empire and was opened to the public in the year 1814. The Toulon Maritime Museum was established in the year 1981 and was next to the clock tower of the arsenal, one of the few historical places in the city that has survived the old World War.