Located in Southern France, between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, Toulouse is enriched with a wealth of culture. Nicknamed ‘La Villa Rosa’, it’s a popular stop off for tourists traveling France, intriguing guests with its charming cobbled streets and inviting ambiance. However, it’s not just the city that’s worth seeing. We pick 5 day trips that make visiting Toulouse even more worthwhile.
Toulouse is the perfect starting point to take a day trip to one of the quaint villages that nestle along the southern French border. 80 kilometers away, Albi is a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage City. It is rich in tradition and authenticity, and particularly worth seeing is St Cecilia’s cathedral, a remarkable gothic structure that is the largest brick-made cathedral in the world.
241 km in length, the Canal du Midi runs from the city of Toulouse to the Mediterranean, and acts as an ideal scenic route for taking advantage of the beautiful scenery of the region. Enjoy on foot, by bike or make a day out of it by voyaging down the calm, relaxing waters by boat. The guided cruise is an excellent way to peacefully view the impressive cities and surroundings that line the banks of this iconic UNESCO-protected waterway.
Montauban is an elegant and impressive commune in the South of France. Standing right on the bank of the Tarn River it is largely constructed using the attractive pink stone found in the region, like its great southern cousin Toulouse. Dating from the 15th century, it is the second oldest bastide in southern France and has plenty to keep visitors occupied. The pink stone Pont Vieux, connecting the suburb of Villebourbon to the rest of the town is a remarkable piece of ancient engineering, while the Musée Ingres, on the site of a castle that previously belonged to the Counts of Toulouse, demonstrates the beautiful architecture of the town.
France is known for its vineyards and close to Toulouse is one of France’s oldest wine regions, with vineyards dating back to the Romans. It’s know for the Négrette grape (also known as Pinot St-George in the US), a thin-skinned variety that produces low-acidic, low-tannin wines with a fruity, spicy flavor. There are plenty of private tours of the vineyards, or you can head out on your own and stop off for a walk around the vines and the production facilities before a taste-test.