The very old and the very new is to be found in Toulouse. This is a city with an ancient footprint but where you can experience the modern art of moon walking like an astronaut at the Cité de l’Espace space museum.
The red brick buildings of old Toulouse give it a strangely intimate air that suits its artistic vibe. There are lots of quirky shops to browse and some irresistible artisan made products.
Toulouse City Guide
Best way to find your bearings: The streets of the inner old town are pedestrianised but outside and around there’s a modern tram system and a free bus service. Take a tour on foot, by bike, river boat on the Garonne. Pick up a “Pass de Tourism” at the tourist office to use public transport and get entry to a whopping 55 attractions.
Wander: Meandering the city streets is a great way to get a feel for old Toulouse and all roads lead to the 18th century Capitole, a vast building which houses the town hall, the opera house and several other organisations.
Eating and Drinking: Cassoulet is one of the most famous dishes of the area and there are plenty of restaurants dishing it up. Toulouse has a lovely sunny climate so eating outdoors is the order of the day and you’ll find plenty of elegant squares like the Place St Pierre, where you can sit and enjoy watching the world go by and revel in the luxury of al fresco dining late into the night.
Top Tip: Don’t miss the “Salle des Illustres” in the Capitole. It has magnificent 19th century paintings on the interior ceilings and walls upstairs. You enter through a door in the arched passage of the Capitole and it’s free.
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