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.
The Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse
UEFA EURO 2016 matches
Spain v Czech Republic
Italy v Sweden
Russia v Wales
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.
- 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
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”
… for nature lovers
In the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park.
… 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.
… 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.