Toulouse is a cosmopolitan charming city it is in a good position as a starting off point for visiting other destinations in the south-west of France or for a short break holiday. It has a beautiful historical centre and as a university city you will find there is always something going on.
With many busy squares, plenty of cafes and restaurants you can spend some time, relaxing and enjoying some refreshments while taking in the atmosphere. As you wander through the cobbled streets you can admire the elegant architecture.
Toulouse is situated on the Garonne River and there are plenty of sightseeing boat trips on offer both on the Garonne and along the Toulouse canal, full of sights worth seeing. You can book an evening excursion with dinner this makes an enjoyable night out.
The Place du Capitole is where you will find the 18th century former Palais des Capitole, now the city hall, it is a lively area the cafes and restaurants crowded with people, you will find some very smart eateries here and in the adjoining side streets. There is a maze of medieval streets branching out to other delightful squares. Many of the buildings in and around the pedestrianized streets are built of the attractive rosy coloured Toulousian brick; hence the city’s nickname Ville Rose, (Pink City) the bricks were made from the reddish clay which was found along the banks of the Garonne River.
There are various visitor attractions
to see in Toulouse and around, you may opt for one of the guided tours, details are available from the Tourism Office/Bureau and take in the main historical sights and places of interest. You can also get the city guide, maps and information on restaurants accommodation etc. even cycle hire. This will help you to discover the city of Toulouse yourselves at your own pace.
If you feel the need for a little retail therapy you need to head for the centre as you wander through the streets you will find fashion, up market international goods there are plenty of shops to keep you occupied including a shopping mall.
is the Basilique St. Sernin; consecrated in 1096 it is one of the largest and finest Romanesque pilgrimage churches in Southern Europe. St- Sernin’s structure is of red brick and white stone. One outstanding characteristic is the Porte Miégeuville decorated with 12th century sculptures.
The Cathedralé St. Etienne is a mix of styles its construction was spread over many centuries, from the 11th-17th centuries. In the 16th century a rectangular belfry was built this was different to other bell-towers found throughout this region.
If you enjoy museums
you will find some interesting ones to visit, the Musée des Augustins housed in the former Augustinian monastery has an outstanding collection of Romanesque and Medieval sculpture. At the Musée Paul-Dupuy there is a fine collection of religious art and displays of clocks, watches, furniture from the middle ages to present day.
If you want to take a trip out well worth a visit is nearby Cité de l´ Espace, you can walk inside a mock up of the Mer space station. Another good feature is the Planetarium a lot of the exhibits here are interactive. The theme of this high tech amusement park is outer space and the exploration of space. It is fairly expensive but will delight visitors of all age groups.
Toulouse has plenty of attractions to offer its visitors. There are plenty of choices for evening entertainments including music café/bars nightclubs and fine restaurants.