City Guide to Toulouse

A guide of the city of Toulouse, alias The Pink City!

By Sophie de Lopez on 12 July 2010 in Destination Guides

- Country: France

- Region: Midi-Pyrénées

- Department: Haute-Garonne

- Location: in southwest France on the banks of the River Garonne, 590 km away from Paris and half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea

- Why visit Toulouse?

  1. Monuments

    Ever since the Garonne offered the hospitality of its river banks to the Tectosages, the city of Toulouse has, with the passing centuries, become home to a growing collection of monuments, fine edifices and works of art, which stand as witnesses of its diverse culture and stimulate the curiosity of its visitors.
    Listen, observe, Toulouse is a city proud of its past history which is all around you.

    Key monuments:
    The Capitole
    Saint-Pierre des Cuisines church
    The Saint-Sernin basilica
    The Donjon du Capitole
    The Archives Tower
    Ensemble Conventuel des Jacobins
    Notre-Dame du Taur
    The Saint-Etienne cathedral
    Notre-Dame de la Daurade
    The Pierre d'Assézat mansion
    Notre-Dame de la Dalbade
    The Carmelite chapel
    The Clary mansion
    Hôtel de pierre
    The Bernuy mansion
    The Vieux Raisin mansion
    Hôtel de Bérenguier Maynier
    Roman amphitheatre of Toulouse - Purpan

  2. Museums

    The Toulouse museums have moments of intense pleasure in store for those who are moved by the joy of discovery. Many of them are in superb buildings and their collections present a wide range of different facets of History. Real History. The History of Man, of Art, of different cultures.
    So spoil yourself, give in to the temptation!

    Key museums:
    The Augustins Museum (fine arts museum)
    The Toulouse Museum (natural history museum) 
    The Abattoirs (modern and contemporary art)
    The Museum gardens (the Museum in its natural state)
    The Saint-Raymond museum
    Toulouse Antiques museum
    The Bemberg foundation (Assézat mansion)
    The Paul Dupuy museum (applied arts, graphic arts)
    The centre for graphic art Posters and post cards
    The Georges Labit museum (arts from Asia, Egyptian antiquities)
    The gallery of the Château d'eau (photography exhibition gallery) The museum of Medical Instruments (from the Hospitals of Toulouse)
    The History of Medicine museum
    The Compagnons museum
    The Grande Ecole des Metiers
    The departemental museum of the Resistance and Deportation
    The Old Toulouse museum (museum of the city's history)

  3. Gastronomy

    In Toulouse, gastronomy is part of the lifestyle. Eating well is of the utmost importance!
    Cassoulet, foie gras, cepes, goose or duck confit, duck fillet... dishes are created around traditional products that are sourced from all over the region.
    On the menu: rustic Pyrenean gastronomy with the taste of charcuterie and game, Quercy and the black gold of its truffles, le Rouergue with its hams, tripe, and sheep offal, and Gascony with all the glory of goose and duck.
    The rich and varied gourmet face of the region offers many other enticing attractions: country honey and jams, goats cheeses, local patisseries and confectionary, such as the ‘bonbon de la violette’ or the ‘brique de Toulouse’ as well as, of course, the great wines of the South-West (Fronton, Cahors, Gaillac, Madiran, etc.) and Armagnac, the elixir of Artagnan.

  4. Parks and Gardens

    If you’re looking for somewhere to laze around or soak up the natural surroundings, there are dozens of squares, parks and gardens right in the city centre. Toulouse boasts a total of 160 parks and gardens, hundreds of green areas and six “green zones”.
    With their parks, tree-lined streets, squares and the canal towpaths, nature is a top priority for the people of Toulouse, offering the ideal environment for a relaxing stroll. Your senses are sure to be assailed in these peaceful havens: take time out to breathe in the fragrances of the plants, listen to the sound of birds and discover hundreds of varieties of plants, flowers and trees
    Key Parks and Gardens:
    The jardin des Plantes
    The jardin du Grand-Rond
    The jardin Royal
    The Japanese Garden
    The jardin Raymond VI
    The prairie des Filtres
    The Museum gardens (the Museum in its natural state)
    The Georges Labit Museum garden (the exotic garden)


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