The cable car to the top of 600-metre high Mont Faron in Toulon has received a mechanical and ecological upgrade. Re-adapted to be better suit the needs of elderly and disabled passengers hoping to soak up the glorious views of the Var and the Mediterranean, the new cabins set off on their 10-minute maiden voyages earlier this year.
The funicular is unique in the Côte d’Azur and was first launched back in 1959. The new red gondolas, which ‘preserve the historical soul of the earlier cabins’, are barely distinguishable from their predecessors on the outside, but inside they are far more comfortable and have also received safety updates. Their vast windows allow for almost totally uninterrupted panoramic views and with a tempered glass section of flooring, visitors can enjoy the sights of the greenery beneath them.
From the summit, hiking trials and walkways branch off in all directions. There is also the Wild Cat Breeding Centre (Zoo-Fauverie de Toulon) for endangered species.
Prices for a return ticket are 7.50€ for adults and 5.50€ for children under 10. Joint passes for the téléphérique and the zoo cost for 15€ for adults and 10€ for children under 10.