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Toulouse at a Glance

A tempestuous history and an innovative future are seamlessly weaved together in the city of Toulouse. Nicknamed “Las ville rose” or the Pink City because of its pseudo-style red brick buildings, Toulouse began as an ancient Roman settlement. Today the city is a nerve centre for the aerospace industry of France with Airbus (the biggest rival of Boeing), Aerospatiale and the National Center for Space Research all being headquartered here.

Situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse houses a growing number of monuments, fine edifices, works of art and evening entertainment options that draw tourists from all corners of France and the world.

Not to be Missed When exploring this petite city, make sure not to miss these tourist favourites:

  • Basilique Saint Sernin: An 11th century church restored by famous French architect Viollet-le-Duc.
  • Pont-Neuf: Built between 1544 and 1626, it is the oldest bridge crossing the Garonne River.
  • Georges Labit Museum: Showcasing artifacts from Far-Eastern and Egyptian civilizations.
  • La Cite de l’Espace: See replicas of spacecraft amongst many of other important aviation displays, several of which are interactive.
  • Nightlife: The theatre, dance and opera scene are said to be on par with Paris. The Toulouse Culture magazine is a free publication listing all the city’s happenings.

Uniquely Toulouse The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. A staggering 235km, the canal connects the Garonne River to the Etang de Thau on the Mediterranean. It has 103 locks that climb and descend a total of 190 meters and 328 structures consisting of locks, bridges, dams and a tunnel. The canal was built between 1667 and 1694 and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. Trips on the canal are available.

Good to know about Toulouse You know about Marseille’s unique cultural influences, now let’s talk about the practical details:

  • Climate: Situated near both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, Toulouse enjoys a sunny and mild climate. Summer is hot with temperatures topping 30°C. Fall is often rainy.
  • City Transportation: Walking is the best choice in this intimate city. A network of reliable bus & metro lines are available.
  • Accommodation: Hotels, luxury boutiques and campsites are just a few of the selections available. See Toulouse Hotels for more details.
  • Eating Out: Not to be missed is the regional specialty of Cassoulet; a stew made with white beans, various kinds of meat and pork skin.

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