As France’s fourth city and a hub of art, culture and French cuisine, Toulouse offers a great alternative to Paris. Enjoy the superb outdoor cafes, art galleries and impressive architecture that you would find in the capital, only less crowded and fast paced. Furthermore with its canal linked to the Mediterranean and warm weather to match, the city has its own unique flare.
As you stroll through the beautiful La Ville Rose, you will undoubtedly fall in love with the history and architecture found here. Home to the largest remaining Romanesque church in Europe, the Basilique Saint-Sernin is well worth a visit to examine its imposing architecture and grand organ. The Basilique is not Toulouse’s only religious building with many fabulous red-brick churches scattered across the city and the Couvent des Jacobins attracting visitors with its impressive palm tree columns, beautiful murals and art exhibitions it now hosts.
Alongside its architecture, Toulouse’s immense gardens and impressive art offering help to define the city. Visit the huge collection of fine art on offer at the Musee des Augustins or discover the countless art galleries here. Enjoy the warm southern France climate exploring the outdoors either by wandering through the beautiful Japanese Garden or by taking a peaceful stroll or cycle along the picturesque Canal du Midi.
Toulouse’s laid back attitude makes it perfect for a long weekend break so join the locals as they wander the markets, relax by the river near the Pont Neuf Bridge and sip coffees in the city’s squares. Be sure to spend some time in the heart of the city, the Place du Capitol where you can marvel at its impressive Capitolium building which houses the city’s town hall and National Theatre. Having such a large student population has also helped to ensure that Toulouse has a lively atmosphere and great nightlife allowing you to have a great day and night in this superb city.
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