This is one of the most beautiful cities in France. It was founded by the Phoenicians in the 5th century. The main occupation of first settlers was mining of precious purple paint. Because the deposits of this paint are extremely rare, the settlement has quickly become a famous center for commerce that has attracted a large number of people. However, it was Napoleon Bonaparte, not craftsmen, who made this city famous. Here started the career of the great emperor.
The proximity to such popular resort cities as Saint-Tropez and Marseille has made Toulon a popular tourist destination. During the past few decades here have been built several modern hotel complexes, and have been opened hundreds of restaurants and cafes. Walks through the picturesque port area and sightseeing remain the main entertainments of visitors.
Almost all sightseeing tours start with a visit to Royal Tower, the building of which was completed in the 17th century and lasted more than a hundred years. You will see really many squares in the city. Almost every square surrounds some historic monument. Louis Blanc Square attracts visitors by the largest fountain in the city, which is called Tambourine. Both local residents and tourists enjoy walking around it. Saint-François de Paul Church is located nearby. This is a beautiful Baroque building. Lovers of theatrical art should definitely go to Victor Hugo Square, where is located the most popular theater in Toulon. Its courtyard is decorated with beautiful flower beds and one more remarkable fountain named Three Dolphins.
The city has traditionally become the venue for many celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Here take place an exhibition of plants, a film festival and an international jazz festival, as well as numerous art exhibitions.