Toulouse for all, for you

airtransat By airtransat / 06 February 2019

Toulouse for all, for you

airtransat By airtransat

Article by Carolyne Parent and originally published in the May-October 2018 edition of the Atmosphere magazine. Read the latest edition here.

Everything is rosy in Toulouse

This city has it all! Toulouse, the gateway to southwestern France, is young thanks to its university student population; dynamic thanks to its aeronautical industry (in a word: Airbus); romantic thanks to the Garonne River and the Midi Canal that ow through it; and a gourmet paradise.

People love Toulouse, a human-scaled city, because they enjoy strolling in its historic quarters. They adore the city’s cornucopian markets, its museums and the cultural events that enliven its summers.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who’ll be discovering for the first time the marvels that “la ville rose” has to offer, check out our “For All” suggestions. If you’re looking for insider tips, see our “For You” suggestions that may offer a few surprises. Either way, you’re sure to have a great time!

Sunset on Toulouse, France
Photo credits: Maxime Bober

For all, don’t miss…

  • The Bemberg Foundation museum. This sumptuous 16th century hôtel particulier houses an impressive collection of artworks spanning the end of the Middle Ages through the 20th century.
  • The quays on the right bank of the Garonne River. From that vantage point, you can admire the beautiful pink brick facades of the medieval buildings on the other side. River cruises that include commentary are also available.
  • The covered Victor Hugo Market, on the square bearing the same name. There, you’ll find the best of regional produce: foie gras, charcuterie, cheeses and wines. Then enjoy your gourmet picnic!

For you, next stop…

  • Les Abattoirs. The vast buildings of former slaughter- houses have been transformed into a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
  • Saint-Aubin Market, situated on the square of the same name. Sunday mornings, you can rub shoulders with local producers and city folk in this veritable village market in the shade of plane trees.
  • The Bouquières quarter. Pick up a guide to this neighbourhood at the tourism office, and off you go for a visit of this maze of small streets lined with splendid old homes.


Did you know?

Toulouse is nicknamed “la ville rose” (“the pink city”) for the terracotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Depending on the time of day, the city takes on hues ranging from red to orange to pink.

Pink brick wall of Toulouse
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