A proud naval city in a magnificent bay between rural Western Provence and the ritzy Côte d'Azur, Toulon sits at the hub of sea, rail, air and road connections. logoClick here to book a hotel in Toulon

Toulon isn't your typical tourist destination: its military importance made it a target during the Second World War, and the city struggled in its aftermath.

But that's been changing, with a huge urban renewal programme, the creation of glorious sandy beaches and the courting of cruise visitors. And today this neglected gem of Provence is fast on the rise.

Our gallery takes you on an armchair tour through Toulon's key attractions. Click on each image or scroll down the page to read more about them, and click here for our guide to Toulon-Hyères airport.

bateau bus toulonToulon offers a wide range of local transport. And, not just a way of getting around, the tourist train, boats and cable car are great rides in their own right.

Toulon street marketThis is a guide to the centre of Toulon, taking in the large street market, Old Town and elegant 19th century quarter.

Toulon vintage cable car posterA highlight of any visit to Toulon is a spectacular ride on the téléphérique (cable car) up Mont Faron, the mighty limestone crag dominating the city.

marine-museum-toulonFrom the grey warships of its naval base to the cruise terminals and pretty Port Saint Louis, Toulon is all about the sea.

kids toulonToulon for kids is mostly about the beaches. But, of the big cities in Provence, this is one of the most family friendly, with a wide range of activities - many of them free.

Ships phoneOur list of Toulon's English-speaking social networks, doctors, lawyers, emergency services, nearest embassies and other handy resources.

Naval BarometerThis is a guide to the year-round climate in Toulon. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the current five-day weather forecast for this naval city.

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