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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Toulon/Hyères

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Toulon each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Toulon, celebrations include a military parade down the Boulevard de Strasbourg, followed by a fireworks display set off from the bay and a huge dance party on the Place de la Liberté.

August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Toulon, is marked by religious ceremonies. Also on this day every year, the second major fireworks display of the summer is set off from Le Mourillon's beaches.

August 28: Liberation Day (local event)

Commemorating the liberation of Toulon on this day in 1944, a procession makes its way through the city streets to the monument to war dead, where a wreath is laid in memory of Jean Moulin and Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny and the mayor delivers a speech.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.

November 22–December 31: Christmas Market (local event)

During the holiday season, the Place de la Liberté is transformed into a wonderland of wooden stalls, pine trees and Christmas decorations. A delight for visitors of all ages!

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Toulon, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Toulon/Hyères

Toulon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Summers (June to September) are hot and winters (from December to March) are mild and dry. In fact, Toulon lays claim to being the sunniest and hottest city in metropolitan France, with an average annual temperature of 16.5°C (62°F)! It is also a city visited by Provence's notorious mistral, the violent and cold north-west wind, more than 100 days each year. But freezing temperatures are exceedingly rare.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 6/43 13/55 83/3.3 Not the best period to go
February 6/43 13/55 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
March 8/46 16/61 49/1.9 Not the best period to go
April 10/50 18/64 66/2.6 Not the best period to go
May 14/57 22/72 43/1.7 Not the best period to go
June 17/63 26/79 29/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
July 20/68 30/86 7/0.3 Good period to go Good period to go
August 20/68 30/86 30/1.2 Good period to go Good period to go
September 17/63 26/79 56/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
October 14/57 21/70 108/4.3 Not the best period to go
November 10/50 16/61 73/2.9 Not the best period to go
December 7/45 13/55 71/2.8 Not the best period to go
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Toulon-Hyères Airport

The Toulon-Hyères Airport is located about 19 kilometres (12 miles) east of Toulon and 3 kilometres (2 miles) south-east of Hyères.

  • One terminal for both international and domestic flights

Getting from the airport to Toulon and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A570 motorway, about 30 minutes to the city centre.
    • There are several short- and long-term parking facilities available (first 15 minutes are free, then EUR 3.40 for 1 hour, EUR 10 for 24 hours).
    • Several car rental companies have counters at the airport.
  • By bus
    • Mistral operates buses connecting the airport with the city centres of Hyères (about 10 minutes) and Toulon (about 30 minutes). Tickets cost EUR 1.40 each way.
    • Varlib operates buses connecting the airport with Saint-Tropez via La Londe, Bormes, La Mole and Cogolin. Tickets cost EUR 3 each way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the arrivals hall. The fare to central Hyères is about EUR 20 and EUR 50 to Central Toulon (daylight hours).
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants and free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)4 94 00 83 83
  • Website: www.toulon-hyeres.aeroport.fr/en

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GETTING AROUND Toulon/Hyères

The best options for getting around Toulon are public transport and rental cars.

By bike

Over 300 kilometres of roads, 53 kilometres have been fitted with bike paths and lanes. Moreover, the city offers 165 mixed racks (for both cycles and motorbikes), for a total of 1,200 spots. Various bike rental agencies are available around the city centre (EUR 15 for 1 hour or EUR 30 for 1 day).

By car

Cars are a convenient way to get around Toulon. The city offers nearly 2,300 free parking spaces near the centre, plus a dozen enclosed commercial parking garages (between EUR 0.30 and 0.50 per 15 minutes). Numerous rental agencies are located near the airport and in the city centre (from EUR 10 per day).

By bus and boat

Réseau Mistral is the largest bus/boat public transport network in France. With 64 bus lines and 3 maritime lines, it serves 12 municipalities within the Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée metropolitan area. Each year, the system is used by nearly 30 million passengers.
Fares:

  • EUR 1.40 for a single ticket
  • EUR 10.00 for a magnetic card loaded with 10 tickets, each valid for a single ride on a bus or boat
  • EUR 3.90 for a 1-day pass offering unlimited rides on buses or boats

EUR 9.90 for a 7-day pass offering unlimited rides on buses or boats

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Toulon, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Toulon Tourist Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc).

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Toulon counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination

Food safety

There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Toulon.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Toulon a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat ?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat ?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it ?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it ?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

+33
+ phone number (without 0)
0 : 00
of time difference with
Paris
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Toulon like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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