Discover the incredible historical heritage of the tantalizing city of Toulouse by wandering amongst its magnificent monuments and remarkably regal buildings. Known as Ville Rose, the Pink City, due to the lightly dusted pink bricks that constitute many of the charming houses, Toulouse is a city that offers visitors a luscious canal side location and vibrant cultural scene. The fact Toulouse is regularly overlooked by tourists seduced by the global fame of Paris and the quaint vineyards of Bordeaux means you’ll feel like you have the city all to yourself.
Reigning supreme over the charismatic and ambient Place de Capitole is the City Hall, a stunning structure whose fabulous façade is a fine example of neo-classical architecture. Within the Capitole reside elaborate paintings and sculptures from the 19th century that detail the illustrious characters and events of the city’s past. Sip a coffee amongst locals in a pavement café before heading south to explore the Old Quarter, a labyrinth of languid lanes and vintage boutiques that truly epitomize the pulsing energy and sophisticated style of French culture.
With its buzzing cultural scene, Toulouse is the perfect place to discover the finest of French art and history. Art enthusiasts will implode with excitement in exquisite establishments such as the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts, where classic Piscasso paintings rub shoulders with Greek sculptures and Roman frescos.
The refined restaurants of Toulouse perfectly reflect the authenticity and tranquility of the city’s residents; gourmet specialties such as foie gras, rich cassoulet and sizzling Toulouse sausage are designed to be shared over a relaxed dinner table with flowing bottles of red wine. Slide into a leather booth at the deliciously authentic Chez Authie to sample some regional classics such as delightful duck breast and a selection of locally made cheeses. Bon appetite!(25 Place Dupuy, 31000 Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 62 51 31)