Pocket Guide: Toulouse Place du Capitole
Just north of the old town, the car-free Place du Capitole is the very heart and soul of Toulouse. While this central square has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, a 1990s renovation made it even easier for pedestrians to wander through and admire the stately Baroque-style Capitole building itself, whose 128-metre facade extends the full length of the eastern side.
Things to See at the Place du Capitole
Close to many Toulouse city centre hotels and ringed with bustling pavement cafes on three sides, Place du Capitole thrums with activity from morning until night. In addition to a regular weekend market, people-watchers are rewarded with non-stop scenes of French city life, along with all manner of street performers and the odd political protest.
Every vantage point offers superlative views of the pink-hued 1750s-built Capitole building (City Hall), which houses the elaborate Théâtre du Capitole opera house and ballet company. The area surrounding this central landmark is a particularly popular base for tourists, who appreciate its grandeur and ease of access to the rest of Toulouse. Consequently, the range of Place du Capitole hotels available to book on Expedia is considerable.
What Are Some of the Best Activities in Central Toulouse?
Wherever you chose your accommodation, you can enjoy the gentle delights of strolling through the old town (Vieux Quartier), lazing in one of the city’s many parks, or walking from the Left Bank to the Right Bank along the River Garonne and across the 16th-century Pont Neuf. Other activities include a boat trip on the Canal du Midi, or an outing to the futuristic Cite de l'Espace. But even after a long day of sightseeing, the Place du Capitole is still one of the most alluring places to stay in Toulouse.
Getting to the Place du Capitole is easy, as it's well served by the city’s public transport network, which includes buses, trams and an underground Metro system. If you’re looking for a Toulouse hotel to put you right in the centre of the action, this is a great location to pick.