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.
A mobilboard (segway) tour is a great way to see Toulouse, with plenty of guaranteed laughs. It's especially useful if you've just arrived and want to learn the city's layout. For more information go to www.toulouse-visit.com.
The Jazz Festival in Marciac (29 July-15 August) is definitely worth the trip. Headliners includes Diana Krall and John McLaughlin and there are loads of free events. For the full programme see www.jazzinmarciac.com.
Animaparc is pretty much heaven for younger kids. They can feed the rabbits, pat the sheep and goats, ride on a massive plastic caterpillar and eat as much ice cream as you can afford. Take swimming costumes because it also has a huge paddling pool. For more information visit www.animaparc.fr.
Escape to Cordes-sur-Ciel. Just an hour from Toulouse, you'll find museums, craft stores, and wine shops, all set on medieval cobbled streets. There's a wonderful fruit and vegetable market on Saturday mornings. www.cordessurciel.fr/en/
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