Best reasons to visit Toulouse

Capitole de Toulouse dalbera/Flickr

Capitole de Toulouse ©dalbera/Flickr

The medieval city of Toulouse is one of the most beautiful cities in southwestern France. The city is home to a large number of visitor attractions, including museums, churches and architectural jewels. Two historic sights of Toulouse were added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: the Basilica of St. Sernin and the Canal du Midi. This majestic French city is with no doubt a not-to-be-missed of the country. The “Pink City” offers its visitors innumerable surprises. If you are interested in the main highlights and characteristics of the city, read the following guide. Below I will give you the best reasons to visit Toulouse.

Architectural heritage

The city of Toulouse is abundant in architectural jewels. The Capitole de Toulouse, the Hôtel d’Assézat, the Basilica of St. Sernin, the Hôtel de Bagis, the Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau, the Toulouse Cathedral and the Pont Neuf are just some of the most spectacular architectural highlights of the city. The Basilica of St. Sernin is a beautiful World Heritage Site and is one of the main landmarks of Toulose.

Capitole de Toulouse dalbera/Flickr

Capitole de Toulouse ©dalbera/Flickr

Great waterside

The city is like a junction between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, being linked by the Canal du Midi. The canal is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only residents of Toulouse, but tourists also enjoy cruising, cycling and strolling along the river banks. Picnicking with friends or simply sitting on the benches near the river is surely a relaxing activity.

Canal du Midi, Toulouse Guillaume Paumier/Flickr

Canal du Midi, Toulouse ©Guillaume Paumier/Flickr

Toulouse – the “Pink City”

Toulouse is nicknamed the “Pink City” due to the fact that almost the entire city was built using bricks and tiles known as “foraine”. These are characterized by the warm colors of pink and orange. The “Ville Rose” (“Pink City”) is famous for its architectural colors, being very attractive among tourists.

Basilica of St. Sernin Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

Basilica of St. Sernin ©Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

The city never sleeps

The city of Toulouse houses numerous events. We can say that the city never sleeps. Toulouse Plage is a great event occurring during summer months. It attracts numerous visitors. The Toulouse d’Été is another great event offering several music concerts. For the lovers of sports Toulouse can offer numerous rugby matches. As for the evenings, one can enjoy romantic walks among the illuminated monuments of the city.

Michelin starred restaurants

Toulouse is home to 5 great Michelin starred restaurants. Besides premier restaurants, there are numerous fantastic outdoor cafés in the city. Some of the typical dishes you can eat in Toulouse include: foie gras, Toulouse sausages, duck, Roquefort cheese and cassoulet. Armagnac brandy, Gaillac and Fronton are some of the best drinks you can have here.


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