You are coming to visit Toulouse for the first time and want to know how to come, with what, where to stay, what to visit? Here are some ideas for enjoying an unforgettable weekend in Toulouse.
Coming to Toulouse is easy
Toulouse is located in the heart of southwestern France. Coming to the Pink City, world capital of rugby but also of aeronautics is easy from Paris or any other region of France.
On foot by the ways of Compostela
Toulouse has been at a crossroads for many centuries. For an astonishing and unforgettable approach to the capital of Occitanie, the more athletic opt for an arrival in Toulouse on foot by the ways of Compostela. The GR Grande Randonnée network also passes through Toulouse.
By public transport
A large European city, Toulouse is perfectly connected to other cities in the world. It is easy to come to Toulouse without your vehicle. For a quick arrival, Toulouse Blagnac airport welcomes many national and international airlines. The Matabiau station connects Toulouse to Paris via Bordeaux. To the south, SNCF lines arrive from Montpellier, Marseille or Barcelona. The bus station offers national and European opportunities for the tightest budgets.
By car, bike or motorbike
Toulouse is at the heart of the road network in southwestern France. Several highways pass through Toulouse. More picturesque national or departmental roads lead the traveler who will choose the car, the bicycle or the motorbike in the city prefecture of the department of Haute Garonne.
The essentials to take to come to Toulouse
What to put in his travel bag to make his visit to Toulouse unforgettable? Nothing would be tempted to say: everything, or almost everything, is available in the pink city. But for a carefree passage, the essentials can be slipped into your bag or suitcase.
To leave Toulouse, on the other hand, a “pocket” as the people of Toulouse say, a bag, will be essential to leave with the essentials of the Toulouse tradition: canned Cassoulet, a few duck breasts and foie gras, the Stade Toulousain jersey, a record by Claude Nougaro and a model of an Airbus plane.
What to do here in just a few days? On the south bank or the north bank of the Garonne, Toulouse is home to many architectural masterpieces and several richly crowned museums. The cultural offer is vast and eclectic. Airbus factories can also be visited. Finally, if the dates match and if you take care to reserve your ticket, you can attend a match at Stade Toulousain in its garden at Stade Ernest Wallon.
The riches of Toulouse
Some 4-star sites should absolutely be visited in Toulouse:
- The quays of the Garonne and the Canal du Midi, classified as World Heritage of Humanity
- The Capitol and the Hall of Illustrious
- The Saint Sernin basilica and the Saint Raymond museum
- The Carmelite Chapel and a few dozen meters away, a masterpiece from the beginning of the 20th century: the municipal library
- The Augustins museum
- The Jacobins cloister
- The Abattoirs Museum.
A rich and inspired culture
The cultural offer is rich in Toulouse. To prepare for your visit, it may be wise to find out about the cultural agenda on specialized publications in order to be able to buy tickets for the shows of your choice. This is the case with the rugby match venues at Stade Toulousain, the best club in Europe. Yes in Toulouse, rugby is not just a sport but an essential part of its culture!
Another element of Toulouse culture and more widely of southwestern France: its gastronomic offer authorized by the preparation of duck. Here again, you can easily reserve your seats in a restaurant before your arrival in the pink city.