Toulouse holidays are your key to a French destination with a Spanish twist.
France’s Pink City sits near the border with Spain and its culture combines the best of both countries.
Fine food is on the menu here – cheese, croissants and cassoulets are all among the local favourites.
Heritage lovers will adore sights such as the Basilica of Saint-Sernin and the Capitole building, while there’s charming scenery to enjoy at spots like the Canal du Midi.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi is a 300-year-old waterway that winds through Toulouse and continues towards the coast.
Travel some of the route by barge or simply stroll down the bank and watch life play out on the water.
You can hire your own boat or be expertly guided along the canal by an experienced skipper.
Learn more about our solar system at the fascinating La Cité de l’Espace. This space and science-themed attraction is packed with intriguing exhibits and shows.
Climb aboard replica spacecraft, visit distant galaxies in the IMAX 3D cinema and see how it feels to walk on the moon. Fun for all ages, you’ll find La Cité de l’Espace on the eastern outskirts of Toulouse.
Much of old Toulouse has been preserved, including mansions and vintage townhouses with charming French designs.
Head to the Musée des Augustins to feast your eyes on an impressive art collection that includes Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance paintings and sculptures.
For modern art, visit Les Abattoirs, a former municipal slaughterhouse that is now home to a wide range of contemporary work.
Toulouse may be a city, but you’ll find a pleasingly laid-back atmosphere amid the pretty squares and pavement cafes of its central neighbourhoods.
For the very best in comfort and service, check out the five-star Crowne Plaza Toulouse.
Situated close to key sights such as Toulouse Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, it has air-conditioned rooms and a 24-hour health club.
Consider staying in the east of the city to be close to child-friendly attractions. Picking a hotel in the Cote Pavee area puts you near to the Parc De La Grande Plaine and the La Cité de l’Espace space-themed visitor attraction.
Central Toulouse will still be on your doorstep and, with the great local transport network, all the city’s sights are easy to access.
The currency used here is the euro. ATMs are easy to find around the city and credit cards are accepted in most places.
You’ll find plenty of taxis available for hire, while the city’s metro system is also a good way of getting around, along with the local bus service.
The official language in Toulouse is French. English is often spoken in larger hotels and restaurants, though it’s less common in smaller establishments.
Visitors flock to Toulouse every year for the Toulouse Violet Festival in early February - a floral, colourful event. There are music, theatre and seasonal events on the calendar too.
Toulouse combines the best of wider French cuisine with many stellar dishes of its own.
Alongside moreish cheeses and buttery croissants you’ll find hearty cassoulets and a regional sausage recipe – the saucisse de Toulouse.
Don’t forget to try tarte aux noix, a delicious walnut tart. Rue Perchepinte and Boulevard de Strasbourg are among the top spots to eat out during a holiday to Toulouse.
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