Port of Call Toulon, France
ms Westerdam docked at the Port Of Toulon/Côte d'Azur. Cruise ships dock either at the Quai Fournel pier at the Port of Toulon/Cote d’Azur, directly by the city center, or at the Môle d'Armement dock at Seyne Sur Mer, a shuttle bus ride away.
Toulon Shore Excursions
Cours Lafayette Provençal Market
The old town of Toulon, clustered around the port, is a characterful pedestrianized area. The narrow paved streets link charming squares, which each feature an interesting and ancient water fountain. At the heart of the area is the Cours Lafayette Provençal Market, where the shopper will delight in finding numerous local gastronomic delicacies. The market is located at the intersection of Cours Lafayette and Place Louis Blanc, just inland from the Port Toulon marina.
National Naval Museum
The National Naval Museum (Musée National de la Marine ) is housed behind the impressive gateway of the 18th century Royal Arsenal. The museum details the timeline of Toulon’s rich marine heritage, with displays which include numerous documents, paintings, model ships, figureheads, and naval instruments. The museum is located at the corner of the marina.
The magnificent buildings of Haute Ville are very reminiscent of Paris, and that’s because the famous Baron Haussmann designed this area of the city, before being promoted to work on massive reconstruction projects in the French capital. So if you have set your heart on buying a Haussmann apartment, you’ll save a lot of money buying in Toulon rather than Paris! At the center of Haute Ville you’ll find La Place de la Liberté, ideal for a stop at a friendly cafe. As you sip your drink be sure to admire the 1889 water fountain at the center of the square and beyond the impressive façade of the 1869 Grand Hotel.
A cable car whisks tourists to the summit ridge of 584m high Mont Faron, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the city, sparkling Mediterranean sea, and surrounding countryside. Visitors can also see the Provence Landings Museum (Le Memorial du Debarquement en Provence), built in the 19th century as a lookout fort, which features exhibits detailing the air-sea landings of WWII’s Operation Dragoon. Bus 40 (blue line) runs from the city center to the cable car base station.
The attractive (but man-made) Mourillon beaches (Plage Du Mourillon) are a series of 3 sheltered bays called Plade du Lido, Page de la Source and Plage des Pins. They make an ideal place to while away a sunny day, sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. Keen hikers can walk eastwards from Plage des Pins along a pretty coastal path. To reach the beach from the city center, hop on the frequent number 3 bus service (red route). Journey time is around 15 minutes.
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Cruises To Toulon, France