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Toulouse
Travel Guide

In the heart of the south-west, Toulouse is the perfect destination for a weekend break or longer stay. Boasting a rich history and a whole host of cultural influences, everyone should visit the Pink City at least once.

Celebrated in Claude Nougaro's famous song, Toulouse is a city with a real southern French feel, with its narrow streets and distinctive architecture. The city centre is full of ancient buildings and museums.

The iconic Place du Capitole is a good starting point for any visit, or if you're so inclined, to enjoy a drink outdoors, to admire the square and the facade of the Capitole and to drink in the city's atmosphere. Just nearby is the Couvent des Jacobins, an unmissable mediaeval gem. The cloister and the church are simply breathtaking.

The river Garonne flows through Toulouse and its riverbanks are perfect for walks and picnics, weather permitting. From the Quayside, below the city, you'll have a stunning view over the fantastic Pont Neuf and the waves.

For a panoramic view over the city's rooftops, head for Carmes car park. At the end of the day, the setting sun really brings out the city's pink brickwork. You won't regret it!

Toulouse is also the European capital of the aviation and space industry. In particular, Airbus has its headquarters in the city, which is also home to the amazing Cité de l’espace. This space-themed amusement park will let you into all the secrets of space and explore real rockets and other treasures that are out of this world. An unforgettable experience that will leave young and old alike starry-eyed, whether or not they are science buffs.

It's impossible to talk about Toulouse without mentioning its cuisine. Toulouse cuisine is the typical fare of south-western France: confits of poultry, foie gras, cassoulet and Toulouse sausage, as well as products made from violet. If you'd like to take home a sweet souvenir, crystallised violet petals are one of the city's famous specialities.

Toulouse is the perfect destination for sunshine, relaxation and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Where to stay in Toulouse

Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
3 out of 5
The price is £51 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Arènes Romaines - Saint-Martin-du-Touch, this residence is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Purpan Hospital and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Airbus. Roman Amphitheater ...

3.9/5Very Good! (421 reviews)
Fine for an over ignite close to airport

"Perfectly good overnight stay close to Toulouse airport. Decent size room, clean, ample parking. Pool felt nice and warm although we didn’t actually have time to use it. Front desk friendly"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
Hôtel Restaurant L'Hotan
Hôtel Restaurant L'Hotan
3 out of 5
80 Routes d'Espagne, Portet-sur-Garonne
The price is £69 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Portet-sur-Garonne, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Grand Portet Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Oncopole and Casino Theater Barriere of Toulouse. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (94 reviews)
Séjour trop court...

"Tout était parfait !! Accueil, service, propreté, amabilité de toutes les personnes rencontrées, petit déjeuner délicieux... Établissement fortement recommandé"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Hôtel Restaurant L'Hotan
Mama Shelter Toulouse
Mama Shelter Toulouse
54-56 Boulevard Lazare Carnot, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is £68 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Etienne Cathedrale and Place du Capitole. Museum of the Augustins and Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (150 reviews)

"Great hotel - a sham the rooftop was closed during our visit."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2020

Mama Shelter Toulouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
3 out of 5
The price is £51 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Arènes Romaines - Saint-Martin-du-Touch, this residence is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Purpan Hospital and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Airbus. Roman Amphitheater ...

3.9/5Very Good! (421 reviews)
Fine for an over ignite close to airport

"Perfectly good overnight stay close to Toulouse airport. Decent size room, clean, ample parking. Pool felt nice and warm although we didn’t actually have time to use it. Front desk friendly"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Nemea Appart'Hotel Toulouse Saint-Martin
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
4 out of 5
The price is £51 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in Arènes Romaines - Saint-Martin-du-Touch, this golf residence is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Saint Radegonde Colomiers Church and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Airbus. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (373 reviews)
Average hotel

"Staff were excellent, room was small, dark and the bathroom was inadequate because the toilet didn’t work properly nor did the safe"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
Nemea Appart’Hotel Toulouse Constellation
Nemea Appart’Hotel Toulouse Constellation
4 out of 5
The price is £54 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in Arènes Romaines - Saint-Martin-du-Touch, this spa residence is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Saint Radegonde Colomiers Church and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Airbus. ...

3.8/5Good! (350 reviews)

"Easy safe parking and helpful staff. Spa access. Kitchen area good with kettle, micro and toaster. Lovely wee table with big mugs. Comfy bed and big TV with facility to watch programs in English via audio search on remove. Expedia and both Hotels.com advise room with bathtub and shower but there ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019

Nemea Appart’Hotel Toulouse Constellation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Toulouse

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5 Jan 2020

Toulouse is s great xity

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

The people are very welcoming and accommodating to foreigners but it is very helpful to know some French phrases. There is some great architecture and plenty of bars/restaurants offering French, Italian, Spanish and oriental/Asian food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

I lived here for a year so can highly recommend it. It’s not got heaps of stuff to do but it’s a beautiful place to just walk / cycle around for a few days. Very French too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

For a short break toulouse was perfect and would go back in a heartbeat. Beautiful city, lots of amazing restaurants and shopping as well as nice gardens, churches and monuments to see.

5/5 - Excellent

CB

2 Nov 2019

A nice place .. enjoyed our visit to La Halle de la Machine, Le Minotaure was fantastic!!!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

Not many places to visit for pleasure

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