One of France’s most beautiful cities, Toulouse is known as La Ville Rose, or the pink city. Often used as a gateway to the Pyrenees, Toulouse is a fabulous tourist destination unto itself. Take in the grandeur of Toulouse Capitole, wander the Roman Ampitheatre or the winding lanes of the Old Quarter, and ogle Basilique St. Sernin. Stroll or snooze in beautiful La Prairie des Filtres, stop for a spot of people watching in St Pierre Place, or make your way from one side of the Garonne river to the other via Pont-Neuf bridge. If all that sightseeing has worked up an appetite, you’re in for a treat – Toulouse is renowned for its gastronomy. Specialties include cassoulet stew and duck of all varieties, including decadent confit. Whatever you order, be sure to wash it down with a glass of local Gaillac or Fronton wines, and finish with a croquants or two (almond and sugar biscuits.) If you choose self-catering Toulouse accommodation, you can also take advantage of the fabulous Victor Hugo market, home to a dizzying array of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses. Not only will you save money on dining out, you’ll get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Toulouse life.
When to go to Toulouse
With incredibly long summers and equally short winters, Toulouse makes a great year round holiday destination. If you visit Toulouse in December, you can also enjoy the city’s beautiful Christmas Market on Place du Capitole.
Getting to and around Toulouse
Most tourists arrive in Toulouse via flights to Toulouse Blagnac Airport, although the city is also well connected to other cities in France by train. Once in Toulouse, it’s easy to get around thanks to the excellent public transport system, including buses and the metro.
Where to stay in Toulouse
When choosing accommodation in Toulouse, apartments are a great alternative to comparatively expensive hotels. Booking self-catering Toulouse accommodation will not only save you money, you’ll get exceptional space, freedom and privacy too. HouseTrip has a number of quality self-catering Toulouse apartments to choose from, ranging from large properties suitable for families and groups of friends to cosy studio apartments ideal for singles and couples. Whatever your Toulouse accommodation needs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for with HouseTrip.