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Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region of the south of France, Toulon is a city situated along the Mediterranean coast. The city is also home to one of France's largest military naval bases, the Military port of Toulon, along with one of the world's largest aircraft carriers, Charles De Gaulle. Although the area had already been populated, the city was originally founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists, and would eventually become an important port town in 1494 under Charles VIII of France. There are plenty of both modern and historic attractions throughout the city to appeal to all tastes. Finding your ideal hotel in Toulon can be a stressful experience when it comes to balancing both budget and expectations. You can feel rest assured with the Venere website that you know exactly what you are getting thanks to helpful user submitted reviews, photo galleries of the hotel rooms, and a location from Google maps, so you can see what is going on around your hotel in Toulon.
What's Toulon Like?
From historical attractions, naval sights and sounds, and sprawling shopping streets, Toulon has it all. Of course if you have an interest in maritime history, Toulon is the place for you. The Musee Memorial du Debarquement chronicles Operation Lagoo, the Allied landings at Toulon which are often overshadowed by the D-Day landings in Normandy. Place de la Liberte (Freedom Square) was created in the 19th century, and at its heart is an impressive fountain and hotel. The Old Town will be on everyone's must see list, and is full of narrow shopping streets, outdoor coffee shops, and neo-Gothic architecture.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Toulon
Although many of the locals will speak English to a certain degree, you may find it easier to get by with a little understanding of the language, so be sure to pack your pocket phrase book. The city has a dry climate, and the Summer months of June to August can see temperatures rise as high as 34°C, so if you travel during these months bring some strong sun cream and carry bottled water. The city has good rail and bus transport links, and is just a short hop away from Marseille and Nice, making it the ideal place to begin your adventures further afield in the south of France. You can find the tourist information office at 12 Place Louis Blanc for detailed information on the latest events and attractions. You can check the Venere website to enjoy a virtual tour of the area around your hotel via Google maps.
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