Toulouse, also named La Ville Rose – the “Pink City” – due to its red-brick buildings that seem to subtly change colour throughout the day, is one of France’s most exciting provincial cities. Once a city that inspired the medieval poets of courtly love, Toulouse has become a pioneer in technology and aerospace development.
Toulouse holds on to a resolutely old-fashioned French soul, with its markets, regional cuisine and cafés interspersed between second-hand bookstalls and antique shops. This 2,000-year-old historical city shows off its brick and tile architecture, typical of the cities, villages and farms of the Midi-Pyrenees region.
But with a growing and buzzing student population, the city is certainly not stuck in a time warp. With an abundance of bars, cafés, trendy shops and nightclubs, Toulouse offers a truly cosmopolitan experience.
Let's Visit Airbus
For a really exceptional visit, head to the Lagardère site, 10 km from Toulouse, and learn everything there is to know about how a plane is built, how a plane functions and how it is tested. Several tours are organised on different themes: discovery experience, panoramic visit and green tour.
Europe’s largest Romanesque church contains the tomb of Saint Sernin, a martyr and bishop who helped spread Christianity in Toulouse. Registered in the Unesco World Heritage, the St-Sernin Basilic is worth a visit and its impressive ceilings and marbles are the testimony of a long and prestigious past, marked by its major role for pilgrimage.
Café des Artistes
This cafe with a traditional facade stands between the music school and the art school. Do not worry, even if you are not amongst the artsy crowd, you can always unwind with a Belgian beer while watching a game of football or just admiring a stunning view of La Garonne.
Good to know
Toulouse has a strong network of buses, completed by two metro lines (A & B) and two trams (T1 & T2). Metros function until 12am from Sunday to Thursday and until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
All additional information can be found on the Tisseo Agency website.
In the center however, you can easily walk from one point to another.
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