Known as “The Pink City”, Toulouse is popular for its blushing brick churches and fairytale pink palaces. A wander through Toulouse’s old quarter along the Garonne river will reveal an elegant ensemble of world-class galleries, quirky boutiques and tapas bars.
Things to do in Toulouse
Fun for all ages, Cité de l’Espace is an extraordinary space museum offering a gateway into Toulouse’s aeronautical past. Immerse yourself amongst the cosmos with hands-on exhibits, including an anti-gravity pod, moon-walking simulator and 3D cinema. The highlight of the museum is a real spacecraft exhibit.
Experience the atmosphere and conviviality of Toulouse’s favourite undercover market, Marché Victor Hugo. The foodie's paradise has over 80 stalls selling a vast selection of French delicacies, from charcuterie and cheese to freshly baked croissants and artisanal chocolate. Savour the flavours of France with oysters and champagne at one of the markets many bars, like Bar des Amis.
Place du Capitole is Toulouse’s majestic main square, boarded by grand buildings and dominated by the city’s soft-hued 18th-century facade of the Capitol. Join the masses of Toulousains for a coffee on the terrace of Cafe Le Florida and marvel at the flamboyant frescos and grand marble staircase before venturing inside to see the Hall of the Illustrious.
Fancy some fine art while in France? Immerse yourself in an eclectic art collection spanning the Roman era through to the early-20th-century at the Musée des Augustins. The museum is one of the country’s oldest, located in the former Augustinian monastery. Don’t miss the 14th-century cloister gardens, featuring an array of fascinating gargoyle sculptures.
Getting around Toulouse
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Toulouse, with shuttle buses, public buses and trains available. Toulouse is a delight to explore on foot. However, there are trams, trains, buses and a citywide bicycle rental scheme for getting around quicker.