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The bay of Toulon and Porquerolles
The city of Toulon has always been a stronghold of the French Navy and is still today the leading French military port. The aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle is based there. Several forts have been built since the 16th century all around the harbor to protect the arsenal.
Today, several boatmen offer you a commented tour of the harbor of Toulon, both cultural and fun ( current prices: €15.50/adult; €10.50/child). You will approach the warships as closely as possible, sail around the coast. For families, the classic is also to take the cable car that leaves from the foot of Faron to take you to the top and admire the magnificent view of the Rade. Once at the top, two possibilities are available to you: a visit to the landing memorial for history buffs or the zoo of the great beasts of Faron. At the port, you can embark for the Golden Islands, in particular Porquerolles...
Medieval village of Le Castellet
Only 20 minutes by car, the villages perched in La Cadière d'Azur, Le Castellet or even Evenos are spread around the vineyards of the AOC Bandol. Typical Provençal villages, you will find a bit of freshness there in summer. Le Castellet is notably an authentic medieval village, where you will stroll through the cobbled streets and discover its small craft shops and charming shops. Take advantage of the shade of the flowery arbours to cool off in the middle of summer. (You must park in the paid car park in the city).
The Calanques by boat
The creeks, limestone cliffs, plunge into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. After Mont Salva, it is between Cassis and Marseille on more than 20 km of coastline that you will find the jewels of the Calanques Natural Park. They are accessible by sea. They are very pleasant cruises from Sanary (You will find some at Southern Cross V ).
Several walks are available to you: 6, 10, 12 creeks... everyone will find the formula that suits them.
It's a great solution if you don't have too much time, are with children or have difficulty walking. The landscapes from the sea are breathtaking!
Chapel of Pépiole in Six-Fours
6th century pre-Romanesque chapel, restored in 1956 by Father Charlier. It has a crazy charm and a walk in its park will offer you a sweet moment of serenity. This little paradise is very popular with locals. The chapel has been listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments since 1967.
Village of Sanary 6 km away
Every Wednesday morning you will find in Sanary the first "Most Beautiful Market in France" (2018)!
You can do your shopping there and discover local products while admiring the authentic Pointus, typical fishing boats of the region.
Take the pedestrian streets of the city center, you will find fashion boutiques and craft stalls. In the evening in summer there is a craft night market for beautiful souvenirs...
In the morning in good weather, you can see the fishermen returning to port to sell their fish on their bench along the quay. Sea bream, red mullet and sea bass rub shoulders with wrasse and other scorpion fish that usually make up fish soup and bouillabaisse.
Village of Ollioules at 11 km
City of Flowers and Olive Trees, Ollioules has always liked to combine tradition and modernity by promoting its rich heritage and the know-how of its artists and craftsmen. Ceramists, painters, sculptors, glass designers, luthiers, stained glass artists... All have in common this love of art which has enabled Ollioules to obtain the label “Ville et Métiers d'art” since 1999. The workshops are open all year round and they welcome visitors in a town center that encourages strolling.