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Toulouse is a beautiful city in the heart of France’s most southern region, Occitanie. As a city with an incredible historic background it makes for a brilliant city break destination. First founded as a roman city the remains of this period can still be seen.
Toulouse is a city of fascinating monuments, so it is no wonder that the city is home to two UNESCO world heritage sites. One of these sites is the Basilica of St. Sernin, which is the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, a must visit. The other site is the Canal du Midi, the perfect place to have an evening walk.
Although Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city, it is relatively quiet and laid back. It is best suited to couples both young and old who want to go on a city break which they can explore at their own pace.
Flights to Toulouse operate from Dublin three days a week during the summer season. From Dublin it is a two hour and five-minute flight. From Toulouse airport, it is a thirty-minute journey to the city center.
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Toulouse has a relatively laid-back nightlife scene and is best suited to those who prefer a night in a cocktail bar than a nightclub dance floor. There are plenty of bars in the city, and the best are found directly in the city center.
When in Toulouse you will find a range of fantastic restaurants serving French and international cuisine. Toulouse is known for Cassoulet, a traditional stew dish which is a must try when in the city!
The best attraction for children in Toulouse is Cite de l’Espace, a fun interactive museum that informs and inspires kids about the universe!
Reu de Rome is Toulouse’s most famous shopping street and is the perfect place to pick up some high street outfits. For a more authentic French shopping experience, visit The Cristal Market, a local French market that takes place every morning from Tuesday to Saturday.
If you find yourself visiting Toulouse in the months of June or July, be sure to attend the Rio Loco festival on the banks of the River Garonne. Every year, the Rio Loco festival invites a foreign city to share their culture in the city of Toulouse. During Rio Loco you will find outdoor concerts, food tastings, cultural performances and a carnival like atmosphere.
The best time to visit Toulouse is during the spring and summer seasons. During these seasons, the weather picks up and the atmosphere becomes much livelier, making it the perfect time to experience Toulouse!
Euro is the currency used in France.
Toulouse is an hour ahead of Ireland.
Toulouse is easy to get around by foot, but there is also an efficient metro system in the city if you want to get somewhere quick.