During the Roman period, Toulon was known for its production of purple imperial dye. In modern times, the port city is recognised as one of France’s naval ports.
Toulon can be a maze of intertwining streets. A closer examination reveals some hidden medieval houses and beautiful fountains dating back to 1792.
Toulon is accessible by air via Toulon-Hyères Airport (airport code TLN), by bus from St. Tropez, by rail from Marseilles, Nice, Monaco and Cannes, and by ferry from Corsica and Sardinia .
Ryanair, Air France, Jetairfly, and Transavia fly into Toulon-Hyeres Airport.
Recently restored Opéra de Toulon is the second largest (seating almost 1,800) opera house in France and was originally constructed in 1860.
While freezing weather and snow are rare in Toulan, it is particularly windy with 115 strong wind days annually.
The Musée National de la Marine is located to the west of the old port. Founded in 1814, during the reign of the Emperor Napoleon. The museum and its clock tower are two of the few buildings of the port which survived Allied bombings during WWII.