Top attractions in Toulouse
Toulouse is a French city several hundred miles southwest of Paris. It sits on the River Garonne and is known as one of France's Pink Cities because of the distinctive reddish color of its brick architecture.
Visit the site of the Roman Catholic St Etienne Cathedral, mentioned as the location of a church as far back as the year 844. Construction of the cathedral began in 1073 and has continued for centuries since. Try to distinguish the various styles of architecture.
Canals from the 17th century criss-cross the region around Toulouse. The Canal du Midi is a long canal stretching that connects the Garonne River to both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Canal de Brienne is a shorter canal that connects the Garonne River with the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi.
The Pont Neuf or "New Bridge" was built in the sixteenth century to cross the River Garonne – the openings between the piers are supposed to represent the mane and face of a lion.
Plan on a long excursion to the Botanical Gardens – you'll explore for hours.
Do some sightseeing at the Modern Art Museum – the Hôtel d'Assézat has one of the largest private collections of modern art in Europe that is open to the public.
What people are saying about Toulouse
Our cards were ready for us to collect when we went to the Tourist Office. However, had we known in advance, we could probably have collected them from our hotel. Despite having an empty box to request where the pass could be collected, no 'suggestions' were forthcoming. I was advised that I could not collect them from the airport when I entered that in the box. Detailing planning of visits sometimes required to prevent disappointment on Mondays when some museums are shut. The use of the card, albeit we had a Premium, alleviated any necessity to search for cash or credit cards when hopping on and off public transport or entering attractions.
Silvanna was awesome. She was pleasant, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Toulouse, the city she lives in and loves. Walking around Toulouse with her was a rewarding and entertaining experience. She knew a lot, answered our questions, suggested a wonderful place for lunch afterwards. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get to know the city better. Our only regret was that we didn’t have more time to explore some of the things she pointed out on the tour as we left the city afterwards. Thank you Silvanna!!
The electric bikes make this tour so much easier than traditional bikes and are really easy to use. The guide, Yannick, speaks excellent English and has a brilliant grasp of the history and geography of the city. He illustrates his talk with old photographs. I haven’t ridden a bike for years, and am certainly not young, but this tour is one I would do again.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and detail of history provided a great insight to the development of the city. We really appreciated the opportunity to see some hidden gems of art and architecture that were amazing. Would recommend to anyone as a great way to start a visit.
Our tour was particularly enjoyable because Sylvani was such good company. Warm, welcoming, engaging, interesting and informative I can not recommend her highly enough.