Destinations / City Breaks / Toulouse
Holidays in Toulouse are an experience of the "real" France where local life and visitor trips are almost intertwined in a busy commercial city with beautiful sights to explore. Toulouse is situated in the Haute Garonne region in southwestern France and is the country's 4th largest city.
Famed for its University and, of course, Stade Toulousain, home to the Rugby Union Club, the sport is almost a religion here so rugby aficionados will feel right at home!
Obviously, gastronomy is a big part of life in Toulouse and the city even gave its name to the Toulouse sausage. Other renowned dishes of the region include cassoulet (a great bean stew with sausage and confit of duck), cheese, fois gras, wine and Armagnac.
Stunning architecture is a feature of the city and Toulouse has 2 historic sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Canal du Midi and the Basilica of St Sernin on the route of Santiago de Compostela. Majestic churches, mansions with delighful terracotta embellishments and the amazing Capitole with its square are all worthy of discovery. Located on the Garonne river, the Banks of the Garonne (18th century), Pont Neuf (16th century) and Chateau d'Eau, one of the oldest photographic galleries in the world, are historic marvels.
Toulouse holidays are full of leisurely days enjoying the wealth of museums the city has to offer; in addition, the city has a vibrant cultural heritage so opera, concerts and the performing arts are very much alive. Imagine a stroll along the riverbank to absorb the true ambience of the city - delightful! A wonderful city for shopping too and, with great food and local wine options, Toulouse is an exciting place for a city break where La Belle France comes into her own!
Aer Lingus operates direct flights from Ireland to Toulouse, so the city is very accessible and definitely worth a few day's exploration. we offers a choice of hotels in the city too.