Toulon is a Mediterranean port, home to a major French military base. One side of Toulon faces Mount Faron, the Sicié Cape and Sainte Baume, with their panoramic views over the bay. The other looks across the quiet neighbourhood of Mourillon. Steeped in military history, numerous forts line Toulon’s coast – Fort Balaguier, the Tour Royale, the immense Porte de l’Arsenal that dates back to the reign of Henry lV along with the Marina Museum. Book a flight for your trip to Toulon and explore the pretty town of Hyères: follow its ‘salt route’ and admire its flamingoes against the setting sun. Hop on a boat to the islands of Porquerolles, Levant and Port Cros, all of which give Corsica’s beaches a run for their money. Once back on dry land, take a tour of Toulon’s picturesque, surrounding villages including Castellet, Le Pardet, Le Revest and La Garde. So how does a holiday in the sun grab you? You can now reserve a room in Toulon or one of its neighbouring areas and imagine settling down to a dollop of tapenade. Or a shot of pastis. Or both!