Toulouse is the 4th biggest metropolitian city in France after Paris, Marseille and Lyon. Located near the French-Spanish border, it is a very picturesque city with stunning sights to be witnessed and a unique character and aura to it. Sights and views that can help get your instagram feed popping!
There are a myriad of cultural, leisure and tourist activities to put on your Toulouse itinerary. From authentic eating to sightseeing to museum and gallery visits. You can pack in during a day or over a weekend that’ll make your experience in the pink city a rewarding one.
I’ll start you off by giving you lot 5 really interesting things to to in:
1. Visit The Pont Saint Pierre at dusk or night
Pont Saint Pierre is one of the bridges located on top of the river Garonne that . Originally built in the 19th century, the current incarnation was built in 1987 so the bridge is actually quite recent.
One quirk of the Pont Saint Pierre if you can tell in the pics below is that there’s a fancy dressed doll on a swing that’s attached on the bridge’s underpass. Watch your head if you’re on a boat cruising underneath the bridge
A long walkpath exists along the river Garonne that people can walk through and enjoy the view. On the bridge itself you can also get an awesome view of the Pont Neuf and the Garonne, particularly at night when the lights are lit up!
2. Eat Cassoulet
If you’re looking to get a tasty experience of some local cuisine then look no further than le cassoulet. It’s become a main course in many restaurants all around France since its humble beginnings 600+ years ago.
There are multiple versions of Cassoulet. The toulouse version of Cassoulet mainly consists of duck confit, pork sausage, goose meat and slow-cooked bean stew. Do be very careful eating it initially at the stew is extremely hot
Best times to have Cassoulet is during midday lunch and dinner. This is because restaurants and cafes tend to close in the afternoons to allow for cleaning and to cut costs.
Otherwise I got a post dedicated to the classic dish coming on my blog real soon. Stay tuned!
3. Check Out Citè de l’Espace
Ever had that old childhood dream of being an astronaut when you grew up? Time to live the dream and rocket yourself into wonder by taking a trip to the Citè de L’Espace.
Step onto space stations and go zero-gravity, look high up at the stars through telescopes, test your pilot skills abroad a spacecraft or chill and watch films in an indoor cinema in IMAX quality. These are just the few of many interactive experiences in the theme park for both adults and children alike.
Interesting fact is that Toulouse is one of the world-leading centres/cities for the aeronautical industry. Famous airanes such as the Concorde and Airbus were first designed in the city.
Prices for General day tickets can be a bit fickle as it depends on the season and the day during the week. For children its between €14 and £20. Meanwhile Adults find themselves paying between €21.50-26. Again the exact entry fee varies on the time of the year and the day also.
4. Catch Some Sun At Jardin Japonais
Want a quick trip to Japan without the long-haul flight? Well Jardin Japonais (Japanese Garden) will defo make sure you’ll feel like you’ve teleported yourself to one of the most coveted countries in Asia.
The tiny but beautiful garden, the Japanese garden has architecture and scenery that is pretty much from Japanese culture and tradition itself. For example the cute red bridge over the lake and the large hut you can fo through. Perfect for instagram shots! On a sunny warm day there are very few places in the city (if any) that can beat it if you’re looking for a picnic or for some peace of mind.
This was probably the highlight of my daycation if you had to ask me. Just being around nature while listening to some music without much care in the world.
5. Go To Le Pont Neuf
The last attraction that’s a must do is scrolling by the Pont Neuf bridge in Toulouse constructed in the 16th and 17th century. Not to confuse it with the one in Paris.
Multi arching seven times over the river Garonne, the “new bridge” is one of the finest places in the city for Leisure. Cycle or walk across whilst admiring the stunning view of river Garonne. Relax at the Prairie des Filtres park nearby or watch the sunset underneath the bridge while the lights on the arches turn up.
It’s also the key connect to downtown Toulouse so locals often pass by when on their daily commutes to work and home. The closest metro stations are Saint-Cyprien-Rèpiblique and Esquirol, flanking either side of the bridge itself and are a 5-10 minute walk away.
Fun Fact: If you look closely at Pont Pont Neuf the gaps next to each arch are thought to depict a lion’s face.
Overall, Toulouse is a petite and cute city. Its beauty comes from both man-made and natural settings. The weather is at its best in spring and summer season due to its mediteranean location. In addition, there’s a great mix of native and multicultural cuisines both locals and tourists have the opportunity to enjoy. And you know what – the people aren’t half bad too :p
What other fascinating activities out there that’s to be done in Toulouse? Which one on this list stands out for you? Leave your suggestions or comments below.
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