What have you got, Toulouse?

Quite a lot actually. The Southern French city on the River Garonne is a delightful place stuffed full of striking architecture, appealing al fresco cafes & restaurants and well-presented independent shops.

Canal du Midi, Toulouse​
Canal du Midi, Toulouse

I stayed there recently for two nights sandwiched either side of a trip to Andorra, and spent a very pleasant few hours strolling around the atmospheric old town.

First the logistics. Toulouse’s main airport is a 35-minute tram ride terminating at Palais de Justice costing the princely sum of €1.70 each way.

The stop is a mere 5-minute walk to the edge of the old town and a further 15 minute stroll to the central Place du Capitole that houses the Hôtel de Ville.

Hôtel de Ville, Toulouse​
Hôtel de Ville, Toulouse

Linger in the square over a coffee & crepe to gather your bearings.

Toulouse is actually the best signposted city I have ever visited. All the main attractions have directions together with distance and walking times.

My favourites were the imposing Basilica of Saint-Sernin, the Couvent des Jacobins and St Étienne Cathedral.

The Basilica has wonderful vaulted ceilings, unusual sculptures and beautiful stained glass windows.

The Couvent (convent) has several striking features including a geometrical diamond cloisters, more vaulted ceilings and colourful architecture. There is also a wonderful bell tower.

Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse

The Cathedral has fine Gothic & Romanesque architecture and, you guessed it, superb vaulted ceilings.

Toulouse Cathedral
Toulouse Cathedral

I visited with my great mate Hamish and we vowed to return with our ladies in the near future, possibly as a base for train trips to Carcassonne & Lourdes.

The bars & restaurants are plentiful, inexpensive & atmospheric, whilst there are a couple of fine jazz clubs if that’s your thing.

I didn’t check them out, but there are some renowned museums/art galleries and cultural venues too.

Coming next – two days in Andorra.


  1. Great galley, love the post title, Very Witty.

  2. Great title!

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