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Toulon is situated in the south of France – on the Mediterranean coast – and is part of the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.Toulon is also the main town in the department of Var, and has 167,400 inhabitants (2005). Projected to the suburbs, the population is increasing to 564,800 inhabitants.
Toulon is a very old city, but its most famous story is related to Napoleon. Here he defeated because the English in 1793 – and was then appointed to the General. The city has since continued to be military strategic importance, and the main base for the French Navy is still here.The harbor is also a marine museum. Another point related to the city’s military history is the remains of “Vauban fortifications” from the Napoleonic era.
Otherwise, the old town – Toulon’s historic center – the city’s most popular attraction. Here you will find picturesque narrow pedestrian streets, small squares and a number of great fountains. Also Toulon Cathedral – Notre Dame de la SEDS (begun in the 11th century) – is located here.The city’s opera, L’Opéra de Toulon, to be mentioned among the sights. It is housed in a magnificent building dating from 1862 – and is France’s second largest. One attraction of a different nature, it is 584 meters high Mont Faron, which is right by the city. From here there are stunning views – and there is cable car to the top.
The nearest airport is Aéroport de Toulon – Hyeres, located approx. 20 km from center.