Where to stay in Toulouse
Where Is Toulouse?
What Is Toulouse Known For?
A Quick Guide to Toulouse
- Basilique Saint-Sernin: As the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, Basilique Saint-Sernin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in part due to its significance on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. Despite its enormity, it originally was part of an even larger abbey complex. Its pink and gold exterior with an octagon belltower are exquisite, but the interior ambulatory and crypt should not be missed.
- Saint Raymond Museum: Exhibiting archaeological collections from the Roman Antiquity through the Middle Ages unearthed and preserved during excavations, Saint Raymond Museum opened as a museum in 1891. Collections include the second largest group of Roman busts in France after the Louvre, a 6th century lime kiln, as well as bracelets and leg rings from the Bronze and Iron Ages. In the basement, you’ll find an impressive collection of sarcophagi and part of a cemetery.
- Couvent des Jacobins: A deconsecrated Gothic church that was built beginning in 1230 by the Dominicans, Couvent des Jacobins has served a host of functions including an army barrack during Napoleon's reign and secure storage for museum treasures during WWII. Today it stands as a meticulously restored museum. It is also the final resting place for St. Thomas Aquinas, who is buried beneath the altar.
- Place du Capitole: Place du Capitole is the pedestrianized central square, anchored by the formidable Neoclassical Capitole built in the 1750’s, with the signature pink brick. The square itself is especially beautiful lit up at night. Inside you’ll find an opera venue, Théâtre du Capitole, and Salle des Illustres translating to “Hall of the Illustrious,” in addition to government offices. A popular place for socializing, the square is lined with restaurants and cafes.
- Airbus: With a little logistical preparation, take a 90-minute tour of the Airbus A380 production line, then visit Aeroscopia Museum. Non-EU passport holders must visit two days in advance to request for clearance to enter. Cite de l'espace — a space science museum — is also a hit for air and space lovers, which tends to be most attractive to the youngest visitors.
- Canal du Midi: Walkable from the city center, but the best parts are further out and best viewed from a bike or canal barge. The canal is part of a system across southern France that connects the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
Popular Destinations Near Toulouse
- Andorra: A little over 120 miles south of Toulouse is a tiny country called Andorra between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. There is a way to enter from France and an entry road from Spain, but the nearest airport is less than eight miles across the border in Spain. The official language is Catalan, though Spanish and French are also spoken. Other villages in the area can be explored in just a few days. Andorra La Vella is a tax haven and thus draws many visitors from France and Spain for shopping, if not also skiing and hiking. Be sure to check the Schengen Area laws before going to ensure ease with visas and border crossings.
- Ariège Pyrenees Regional Nature Park (Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises): A wide-open, untouched nature park in the foothills of the storied mountain range on the France- Spain border lies Ariège Pyrenees Regional Nature Park, with some peaks reaching over 9,000 feet. Special sights include the Underground River of Labouiche, Ars Waterfall, and Cave of Niaux — famous for its prehistoric cave drawings. Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, paragliding, and cross-country skiing. There is also a scenic train route from Toulouse to Barcelona through the Pyrenees mountains if you would like to get a small taste of the locale with less commitment.
Best Neighborhoods in Toulouse
- Capitole de Toulouse & Vieux Quartier: Located on the eastern banks of the Garonne and crowned by La Capitole, attractions at Capitole de Toulouse & Vieux Quartier include Couvent des Jacobins, Basilica of Our Lady of the Daurade, Musée des Augustins and Hôtel d'Assézat. Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse and Musée Saint-Raymond are both a short walk north of La Capitole. The neighborhood has many cafes, restaurants and name-brand stores.
- St. Cyprien: Across the Garonne by way of Pont-Neuf Bridge, is a little, but vibrant neighborhood known as St. Cyprien, where you’ll find the first photography museum, Château d’Eaum, and a modern art museum called Les Abattoirs. There are two major parks — Prairie des Filtres and Raymond VI Garden — in addition to many casual restaurants.
- Carmes: A charming neighborhood on the east banks of the Garonne and just south of the Capitol District is Carmes, known as the dining and wine hub with globally diverse and hyperlocal options. The covered marketplace of Marché des Carmes offers a wide selection of produce, meat, cheese and wine.
- St. Aubin: A sophisticated, yet approachable neighborhood filled with townhouses on tree-lined streets, St. Aubin entertains all who visit with theaters for comedy and drama, a classical concert hall, and a Sunday market with food and crafts. A sauna, jewelry stores, and specialty food shops fill storefronts not already occupied by a plethora of chic restaurants, all bordered by the Canal du Midi.
Home-types in Toulouse
Points of interests in Toulouse
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