Cheap flights to Toulouse
Mouthwatering French cuisine, a compact yet stunning old quarter and a surrounding countryside that is quite simply the best in France, Toulouse has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday. Normally overlooked by tourists for cities and resorts closer to the sea, Toulouse is definitely one of France’s hidden gems when it comes to city breaks or that longer summer getaway. The main appeal of this southern metropolis just a stone’s throw from the Pyrenees has to be its spectacular architecture.
This is France’s pink city, or la ville rose if you’re in the know, thanks to the red brick used in the construction of many of its buildings. A stunning old town that changes colour depending on the light, walks along the Garonne River and parks and cafe-lined squares complete the lineup of attractions that keep tourists coming back to France’s fourth-largest city year after year. Oh, and being so close to Spain, the weather isn’t bad either, plus you can expect an almost Latin-style vibe to this city. What do we mean? Well, let’s just say things go at a rather slower pace than the rest of the country.
La Fête de la Violette is on 1-2 February and will turn the Place du Capitole into a magical garden. Expect tastings, demonstrations, scent, sweets, cakes and artworks.
The Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation is moving and extraordinary. Get the English booklet at the entrance. Free entrance, closed weekends and bank holidays (52 Allee des Demoiselles, +5 6114 8040, musee-resistance31.fr).
This summer, the banks of the Garonne River will be transformed into beaches from 13 July to 1 September, with activities including shows, workshops, fishing, canoeing, and more.