Lined with high hills of limestone, the natural harbour of Toulon where the naval dockyard and the commercial harbour are located, extends from Giens peninsula in the east, to Saint-Mandrier peninsula in the west.
These two sea inlets protect the city from high tide.
The bay, split by a dike built in the XIXth century, devides into a "big bay" situated in the east and a "small bay" situated in the west.
If the "big bay" shelters the beaches of le Mourillon and the charming creeks of Magaud and Méjean coves, the "small bay", shelters other treasures.
Among those "la Tour Royale" (the Royal Tower), Fort Balaguier, la Seyne-sur-Mer harbour, the littoral road of Tamaris, or le Lazaret bay with its charming stilted cabins and mussel parks.
Thus, nestled in the hollow of a remarkable natural harbour, Toulon benefits from an extremely varied coast, including creeks, rocky inlets and fine sand beaches strewed with attractive fishing ports.