Welcome to this attractive city in the southwestern France. Toulouse has a population of about 1.2 million people. It is the fourth largest after Paris. The largest cancer centre in Europe is based in this city. It is also home to the headquarters of major technological firms like Intel and CNES’s Space Centre. The city has a temperate climate usually classified as humid subtropical. Toulouse has a lot to offer as a tourist destination and visitors should have a prior plan of the places to visit, otherwise they will be spoilt f choice.
Getting Around in Toulouse
Toulouse as a city is huge and you will need a taxi or a quick means to get to various locations of the city. The good news is that the historical centre is located in the downtown side of the city and it is small hence, you will not need to drive around to see the various attractions. Walking to various sites is simple and enjoyable, and actually the best way to explore and learn different things about the history of Toulouse city.
The enchanting landscapes and beautiful villages might carry you away and this is the point where the assistance of the local guides comes in handy. The guides direct you and explain everything that you will want to know about the attractions. The museums are user friendly in that the unaccompanied visitors are directed by audio-guides that are available in German, French, Spanish, English and Italian. Induction earpieces are also available for visitors with hearing difficulties.
Sometimes walking around becomes tiresome to some visitors. This does not mean that you will not enjoy the beauty of Toulouse city because in the auditorium of the museum there is a huge screen that shows the attraction site of Toulouse in depth.
What to See in Toulouse
A walk around this city of Toulouse will teach you a lot of its history about the attractive and famous landmarks. Take your time and pause at various sites like Basilique St-Sernin, which is a beautiful ancient structure with calming and relaxing inner design, just what you need when in the prayer mode. Its outer structure shows the strength and prowess of the builders.
Other historical structures that you should not pass are the stunning town hall, Place Capitole and the private town houses that were built in the ancient times. A plan walk will take about two hours and it covers a distance of about 3 kilometres. You will be provided with refreshments along the way.
Some other places that you should visit when in Toulouse are Fondation Bemberg, Church of Les Jacobins, Musee des Augustins, Theatre du Capitole and Place du Capitole.
Place Nearby to Visit
You may want to get out on weekends and visit nearby places that you will enjoy passing time. There are many beautiful villages around Toulouse and the countryside is a great place to explore on your bike. The best way to get information of the best areas to visit is by getting information from the tourist offices. They have all that you will need about sightseeing and exploration. However, the following are places that should be in your list if you just want to go your own way.
Cahor – It is an old village in the midst of Lot River. It is famous because of Pont Valentre, an old bridge that was built in AD 1000.
Carcassonne – The appropriate time to visit this village of festivities is on 14th July so that you can witness the fireworks. There is a regular train that frequents from Toulouse to this village.
Couilloure – Though small, it is a beautiful beach that is a favourite spot for tourists.