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.
(70 Avenue Albert Bedouce, tel: 05 6125 3977) Boulangerie Pepe Batistou stays open until 10.30pm and has easy parking. People flock here for the chocolate eggs, the wild and wonderful flavoured bread and the superb coffee.
(35 Allées Jules Guesde, tel: 05 6773 8484) Muséum Toulouse is the city's gallery of natural history, and a great destination if you're amusing kids during rainy school holidays. www.museum.toulouse.fr
The vast central square of Toulouse, La Place du Capitole, which has been fully pedestrianised since 1995, is one of the top spots in town for people-watching and taking photographs.