Toulouse is a city of cafe culture, scenic walks, bike rides along the Canal du Midi and delicious regional cuisine.
With a distinctly bohemian feel to it, Toulouse is a romantic, dusty-pink brick city with a medieval heart. Its narrow, cobbled web of streets burst at the seams with festivals, open air markets and ancient architecture. It has one of the best rugby teams in the country and boasts a handful of Michelin star restaurants.
In Toulouse, life is enjoyed to the full; whether that is exploring the Aerospace Factory for those with a passion for planes, admiring the beauty of the Romanesque Basilique St Sernin, or enjoying the tranquillity of the spectacular Cemetery of Terre-Cabade that lies high above the city, peaceful and with breath-taking views. The Cite de l’Espace is a must for families as kids will love discovering the mysteries of space, the stars and the planets. The Musee Augustins is home to some fine Italian Renaissance works of art.
For a little retail therapy, the glorious covered markets at Place Victor Hugo are definitely worth a visit, with stalls overflowing with fresh fish, vegetables and mouth-watering cheeses. Outdoor markets like Marche Cristal are a wonderful way to experience local life and bag some bargains at the same time. Second hand books, vintage clothes and antiques are abundant in Les Carmes. Designer and kitsch clothing is available on the Rue de Rome.
Even just relaxing with wine, cheese and bread is done with so much joie de vivre. So come and live life to the full; you have nothing Toulouse!
The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Toulouse Balgnac Airport is located 5 miles from the centre of Toulouse. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach by car. A local bus connects the airport to the city centre while shuttle buses take new arrivals directly to their hotel in just 15 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire outside the airport terminal.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter France. A passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required. Nationals of other countries may need an entry visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The legal age for purchasing and consuming alcohol is 18 in France, although 16 year olds may drink wine and beer. Minors may go into a bar with an adult but not drink alcohol. There is a smoking ban in place across the country prohibiting smoking in bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs and hotels and on public transport.
Best Time to Visit
With hot sun in the summer, balmy spring days and snowy winters, Toulouse is an excellent year round destination. June to August are the busiest months with many tourists flocking to enjoy the heat of the summer sun. Spring and autumn are still wonderfully warm but much quieter and with cheaper flights. December to March is when to bring the skis or snowboard.
January comes to life with the International Festival of Contemporary Dance while February is brightened up with the International Violet Festival, celebrating the little purple flower. April hots up with the Flamenco Festival while May is the month to cycle with the Fetes des Berges et du Velo – a must for bike enthusiasts. June brings children’s theatre, marathons and the Garonne Festival whiel July and August boast heritage and electronic music. Autumn brings more culture in the form of film, poetry, theatres, cinema, photography and the arts while winter heralds the cinnamon scented arrival of all things festive and Christmassy.
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