The Royale Tower, also called “the large tower”, is the symbol of Toulon’s maritime past and has a Historic Monument classification since 1947. The tower was built in early 1600’s and was named after King Louis XII who asked for its construction. Strongly defended by cannons, the Royale Tower was the first military fort built in Toulon to protect the bay against maritime assaults.
Toulon Royale Tower has a passionate history. It was a fort, but also a shelter for protestant families during the 16th century French religious war, a prison for revolutionaries and political prisoners, a place to hide the money of the National Bank during the insurrection of Paris in 1871, and a German weapon storage during the WW2!
Toulon Royale Tower’s features
The architect of the fort, Gian-Antonio della Porta, got inspired by the circular-shaped towers from Italy (the “Torrioni”), very popular in the 16th century. The fort is a great architectural accomplishment as the structure is divided in two parts: one was built on water, and the other was built into the rocks. The walls of the tower can be 7-meter thick! From the terrace, the visitors have a panoramic view over the Bay of Toulon
The Royale Tower is surrounded by a nice park and a sandy beach.
WHAT TO DO
Guided tour of the outside and inside (exclusive tour) of the Royale Tower: Bastion, wall-walk, vaulted chamber, fortified gun emplacements…; nice walk on the upper terrace to have a look over the Bay of Toulon.
Private use of the terrace possible for events or activities/workshops (yoga classes, concerts…)
Guided walking tour in the park next to the Tour Royale where the “bathyscaphe FNRS3” submarine is exhibited (+ Pétanque field, playground for children…)
Resting time at Pipady beach, located right next to the tower.
More: You can add the visit of the Royale Tower to your walking tour of Toulon City-Center.
Type of excursion
Type of public
Duration of the visit
1 day excursion
All ages (difficult access for disabled travelers inside the tower)
About 1-2 hours + transportation + beaches
VIP Tour | Medium group
Driving time from...
TOULON / LA SEYNE-SUR-MER
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