A good market, lots of cafes and bars on the harbour, a very good road train (get on the right one), lots of back streets to wander round, a reasonable shopping centre with a good lot of shops, including C&A and a supermarket usually with some good offers. Watch your pockets there are pick pockets around.

However, some feel that La Seine Sur Mer (where the ship actually berths) is nicer. An easy 15 min walk into the small town full of lovely cafes and bars. Also depending on which day of the week a lovely market round the alleyways and small lanes in the old town.

The real question is why any of the cruise lines have decided to use this port as opposed to nearby Marseille which has more to offer and is an excellent location. If you have a relatively long port day you could rent a car and drive up to Aix en Provence.

If staying in town try a visit to the old town which is the historical center, where you’ll discover a market which offers a sumptuous show of local produce, the monuments, the fountains,the main squares and typical charming streets and the numbers museums.

Toulon’s Beaches are called “plages du Mourillon”, are located 25 minutes walking from the port, you can also take the bus number 3 from the end of the port to the beaches, the bus makes 3 minutes. “Plages du Mourillon” are sandy beaches where you’ll find a lot of restaurants and bars.

By Peter Dagnall

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