Toulouse EURO 2016

What to do, where to go and what to see in Toulouse at Euro 2016

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Toulouse is THE city in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region. The Red Bulletin brings you the best of “La Ville Rose” and tips on how to how to enjoy the city during EURO 2016 

It’s worth staying a few days in this magnificent city of 450,000 on the banks of the Garonne, with its strong Latin influence, relaxed way of life and vibrant art scene. On the Camino taking pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, Toulouse is home to the Basilica of St. Sernin, the Musée des Augustins, and the Théâtre du Capitole.

Also famed for its food culture, a visit to the local food market is a feast for the senses. 

Rent a VelôToulouse city bike and cycle along the banks of the Garonne for a great way to see the city. The more adventurous could take the Canal du Midi all the way to the Mediterranean coast.

“IF YOU CHOOSE THE BEST PLAYER FOR EVERY POSITION, YOU’LL END UP NOT WITH A STRONG TEAM, BUT WITH 11 NUMBER 1s.”
JOHAN CRUYFF, WAS ON THE PITCH IN THE STADIUM IN 1982

The Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse

Stadium Toulouse

© Flickr Ville de Toulouse

UEFA EURO 2016 matches

13/06/16, 15.00:
Spain v Czech Republic

17/06/16, 15.00:
Italy v Sweden

20/06/16, 21.00:
Russia v Wales

26/06/16, 21.00:
Round of 16 WF v RE

Toulouse has two loves. The first is rugby, as the home of Stade Toulousain, one of the best rugby teams in Europe. The second is sport in all its forms. There are around 600 clubs in the city, including Toulouse FC, which shares the city’s stadium with the rugby team. 

The sports complex on the île du Ramier in the heart of the city was inaugurated in 1937 and extensively renovated for the 1998 World Cup. To meet the requirements of Euro 2016, the stadium capacity has been scaled back from over 35,000 to 33,150. 

The Toulouse Fan Zone will be in Allées Jules Guesde from 23 May – 17 July.

KEY FACTS: 
 

  • City Population: 461,190
  • Region: Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées
  • Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse
  • Local Team: Toulouse FC
  • Capacity: 33,150
  • First Match: 13 June, 15.00
  • Fan Zone: Allées Jules Guesde

WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WATCHING A GAME

Click the interactive map to see your location and find the places listed below

Cosmopolitain

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LE COSMOPOLITAIN

What makes the Cosmo so good? “We pride ourselves on our warm welcome, and friendly and festive atmosphere,” says Louis Ferrer, one of the five partners in Le Cosmopolitain. “Our dishes are reasonably priced and prepared using fresh ingredients”

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Le Wallace

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LE WALLACE

Sit and relax on the sun-filled terrace or in the cosy atmosphere of the dining room. Le Wallace is on the Place Saint-Georges and is open around the clock. 
 

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Melting Pot

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LE MELTING POT

This Toulouse city-centre pub is screening all the Euro 2016 matches on giant screens. Electrifying atmosphere guaranteed!

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Haka Corner

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LE HAKA CORNER

The first New Zealand rugby-themed bar in France opened by Byron Kelleher, former All Blacks and Stade Toulousain scrum-half.

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La Suite

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LA SUITE

Pub, restaurant and wine bar serving fresh products and artfully prepared and presented tapas. Located in the city centre near Place Dupuy (Halle aux grains).

facebook.com/toulouse.lasuite

Ô sorbet d'amour

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Ô SORBET D’AMOUR

The best ice cream in Toulouse is to be found here. Prepare for a long queue as tourists and locals alike wait to sample the traditional home-made ice creams.

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Nearby

Short breaks… 

… for nature lovers
In the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park.
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… for history buffs
Retrace the story of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres or Olympes de Gouges in Montauban (a member of the network of French art and history towns “villes et pays d’art et d’histoire”). Other places of interest include Albi (a UNESCO world heritage site) near the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, Castres, where Jean Jaures was born, and the medieval city of Carcassonne.

… for outdoor enthusiasts
Take a dip in one of the region’s lakes in Haute-Garonne, Ariège or Le Lot. You’ll need a car to get there. 
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… culture lovers
Those toying with the idea of spending more time in Toulouse could opt for a “culture box”, a system designed to let you explore the city’s culture with a selection of tickets, CDs, etc., and support young artists.
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05 2016 The Red Bulletin

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