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Toulouse / Occitanie

Vibrant, sunny and nicknamed the ‘Pink City’, Toulouse makes a great French city break and an ideal base for exploring the Occitanie region – and it’s less than a two-hour flight from the UK.

There’s something for everyone down here, from Toulouse region’s lively capital, to fairytale medieval cities like Carcassonne, and from pretty villages to the majestic Pyrenees. Don’t even get us started on the local food and wine.


©Jour de Nuit - Matthieu Krieger



City culture

Rugby fans, rejoice! Toulouse is Europe’s most successful team and the game is revered in town – don’t miss a visit to the 19,000-seater stadium. And if you’re into aviation or fascinated by outer space, head to the Aeroscopia Museum or Cité de l’Espace. Admire 20 aircraft dating from 1940 to the present day, pop into the Airbus factory and test out the zero-gravity simulator… it might be the closest you’ll get to walking on the Moon. Unveiled in November 2018, you can now discover Toulouse’s exciting new attraction: La Piste des Géants, with its dreamlike creations designed by La Machine company.




©P.Nin1



Food and wine

Toulouse’s cuisine is tantalisingly rich and full of flavour… and if you’ve never tried cassoulet, confit duck or foie gras, now’s your chance. With eleven Michelin-starred restaurants in the Toulouse metropolis and over 1,700 places to eat in total, the city boasts one of France’s best foodie scenes. Wine lovers can get lost in the Malbec vineyards and meet producers for a tasting, before heading on to explore an Armagnac brandy distillery.

©Pierre Soissons – Enjoying a glass of wine on the Place du Capitole in Toulouse
©Pierre Soissons



Art and architecture

Why is Toulouse known as ‘La Ville Rose’? Answer: the local brick. Arriving here, the first thing you’ll notice is the blushing pink and orange hues of the buildings, which change with the light through the day. Take a guided walking tour to experience the city’s hidden art and architectural gems: there are museums, magnificent restored townhouses and a basilica swathed in medieval frescoes and murals. The city even has its first skyscaper (to be named the Occitanie Tower) planned for 2022.

©Jour de Nuit – Florian Calas – Toulouse’s skyline at sunset
©Jour de Nuit



Ski in the Pyrenees mountains this winter

Skiing in France goes far beyond the Alps. The Pyrenean mountains are home to a plethora of dynamic resorts offering all activities, for all ages – from Piau-Engaly, its highest, to the wild forest wonderland of Mourtis and the Instagrammable Peyragudes where 007 carved his turns in Tomorrow Never Dies.


©Maison de Peyragudes – HPTE

 


Day trips from Toulouse

Toulouse is well placed for access to a number of smaller towns and cities, all worth exploring while you’re on holiday down here. The fortified city of Carcassonne, the blushing red-brick town of Albi and old village crafts in Cordes-sur-Ciel… but where to begin? We’ve distilled the best of Occitanie into three easy day trip itineraries from Toulouse.


©Patrice THEBAULT - CRT Occitanie


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