Toulouse, the capital of the French department of Haute-Garonne and of the region of Occitanie. The city is on the banks of the River Garonne, from the Mediterranean Sea, from the Atlantic Ocean and from Paris. When you are getting to this destination, it may be a great idea to head for Spain next as the border is quite close.
What to See and Do
Basilica of Saint Sernin
This beautiful symbol of Toulouse is majestic and luminous. Constructed during Romanesque Europe, it was built been 1080 and 1120 in honour of St Saturnin. The phenomenal structure was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The abbey of Saint-Sernin was an ancient foundation. St. Sylvius, bishop of Toulouse, began construction of the basilica towards the end of the 4th century.
Place du Capitole
An emblematic building, it is home to the town hall, a theatre and rooms of state where you can bump into celebrities from the city.
The seat of municipal power since its construction, commissioned by the Capitouls in the XII Century, transformed and embellished in every era, La Capitole shows its majestic Neo-Classical façade to the unmistakable square that shares its name.
Its walls could tell of the great moments in the history of Toulouse: from the Cathar episode to the creation of the Floral Games, from the Counts of Toulouse to the siege of the city.
On the first floor, you cross magnificent reception rooms that are decorated with the Allegories of Love by Paul Gervais, 10 giant canvases by Henri Martin and, notably, the Salle des Illustres whose paintings retrace the history of Toulouse and whose busts bring back to life the personalities that have defined the city.
With its unique collection, Aeroscopia is the home of a rich local aviation heritage and becomes a place of memory, creating a link between the past, the present and the future of aviation. Beyond the preservation and promotion of legendary aircraft, Aeroscopia’s mission is to pass on a culture of aviation, transmit knowledge and create an attractive and educational place to encourage scientific and technical careers.
The collection is rich in legendary aircraft closely connected with the history of Toulouse and the surrounding region, such as Caravelle, Concorde, the Airbus A300B or the Super Guppy.
Military aircraft, business aircraft, scientific research and general aviation are also represented.
A total of 25 aircrafts are available to (re)discover or even to go on board!
- Under 6 years old: free
- Adults: €12.50
- Reduced price: €10.00
*Reduced price: minors, students, seniors, large families, jobseekers, disabled persons.
France is a very popular destination, and with the tourists flocking to many of its cities, it is always lovely to visit one knowing that you got the best deal there. With return flights starting from around £28 you can get yourself to this beautiful French city for much less than is usually publicised. There are various airlines who provide the opportunity to travel to Toulouse for less than £40.
Hostels being a great for people to socialise with like minded travellers, you can rest your head and enjoy the chat of the crowd for as little as £16 per three nights. With savings like this on flights and accommodation, you can enjoy your holiday knowing that you now have a lot more to spend on souvenirs and creating new memories.
One of our favourite providers provide 5 nights for £156, so if it is just a room, you’d like with a more private type of space then hotels can provide this for you. Some offering breakfast too.
France considered the country of love, you can be sure to find locations to eat, whether that be a restaurant, a patisserie or just some local snacks and nibbles. With meals in restaurants ranging from €12 – 50+. Depending on your needs or wants, you can find places perfect for you.
Toulouse has a metropolitan transport system, making it easy to get around town and its surroundings. The Tisséo network includes 2 metro lines, 2 tram lines, 101 bus services (including 7 Linéo), 5 on-demand services and serves over 80 communes.
Tisséo tickets are valid for use on the whole network. For those arriving by plane, a shuttle links the airport to the city centre and the train station.
Plan your journey now and feel ready and prepared for when you land in Toulouse.
Jardin Japonais – Pleasant Japanese garden
In Compans Cafarelli, some way north of the centre, is a park classified as a French “jardin remarquable”. It’s a Japanese Garden, which is rather unusual given Toulouse’s southern latitude, and is inspired by the gardens of Kyoto from between the 14th and 16th centuries. The garden is full of symbolism, and about as conducive to meditation and rest as it gets, but it helps if you visit early when there are fewer people around. Cross the bridge over the pond to the island representing paradise, and look down at the koi and turtles.
Explore Toulouse at your own pace with a city card. Enjoy free entrance to museums along with discounts at dozens of participating partners. Travel for free on city buses, trams and the metro, save money on cruises and boat rental, and much more.
Purchase your Toulouse City Pass here.
The Victor Hugo market as we know it today is the result of events that have forged its history over the centuries. Since its creation, the Victor Hugo market has always been able to adapt and support the needs in terms of facilities in the city of Toulouse.
The railway station Toulouse-Matabiau is centrally located. To the city centre it is a walk of about 10 minutes. The train station has a waiting area with sockets (open Monday-Saturday 05:30-01:20h, Sundays and holidays 06:00-01:20h).