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Boats and Sailing in Provence

EXPO in Toulon : The French navy in the Provence landing

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the landing in Provence, the History Department of Defense offers a major exhibition entitled ” the French navy in the landing in Provence ” from  August 18th to December 19 2014.

This exhibit will show archives ( including photos and maps ) , weapons and uniforms to explain the role of the French Navy in the preparation and execution of the landing in Provence .

WHERE : Service historique de la Défense, dans la Corderie royale, -Bibliothèque et service d’archives- passage de la Corderie (accross Place d’Armes), Toulon.

FREE : Free for all .

Possibility of guided tours by appointment. For more information call or

Navale parade between Antibes et Toulon

On 15 August 1944 began in Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphael “Operation Anvil-Dragoon”, ie,the landing in Provence. Operation that would allow, among other things, the liberation of Toulon before the end of the month.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of this event, in which took part thousands of Allied soldiers, a great naval parade will take place along the Var coast. This parade will start from the Cap d’Antibes and will arrive in Toulon. All the ships will pass by the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on which will be the president and his guests.

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The Pearl of the South of France

The first cruise of the season stopped in Sanary


May 7, 2014 – This morning, while the public market was in full swing and no more place was available at the public parking on the port, 220 passengers from the ‘Star Pride’ disembarked on the port of Sanary which has become a favorite destination for cruise as the city was awarded “The Unexpected Pearl in the South of France” by the American magazine Cruise Insight.

Thanks to the combined efforts of the staff of the City Hall, the Toulon Office of Tourism, businesses and service providers dedicated to the development of the cruise industry in the Var, the town of Sanary welcomes each year more and more cruise ships .
There will be more than 20 cruise stop over this season! This success is due to the reputation of Sanary for its typical Provencal market, its pedestrian streets and sunshine, and its folklore – music, dances and gastronomy.