The Top 5 Things to do in Toulouse in 2017
If you wish to marry you or just escape for a moment in an outstanding place, the south west of France is made for you!
We can find here Toulouse, the beautiful pink city of which Vogue, one of the leading women’s fashion magazines in the world, said « Forget Parisian gray skies. Situated between the Pyrenees mountains, a short distance from the Mediterranean, and a stone’s throw from France’s lush Dordogne, Toulouse is the French El Dorado we’ve all been hoping to find. ».
We made for you a list of the 5 best places in the pink city (according to our humble opinion) :
Church of Les Jacobins
The convent of the Jacobins, a Dominican monastery built in 1229, is one of the most original buildings in the city, this is an exceptional testimony to southern gothic design. Mother house of the Order of Dominicans, founded to fight against catharism, it fascinates by its architecture, ample and luminous, characteristic of the southern Gothic. Prepare your visit with this website.
Place du Capitole
Place du Capitole, a huge pedestrianized open space in the heart of Toulouse, serves as the main city square. Bound by grand municipal buildings, the square includes the long neo-classical facade of Capitole, the city hall, built in the 1750s. Cafes also cluster around the edge of the massive square, which hosts outdoor markets and is floodlit at night. Read more here.
Museum of Natural History
This fabulous place is the second biggest natural history museum in France ! Don’t miss a chance to visit it, a natural history and ethnology museum in the Jardin des Plantes park, near the Canal du Midi and the districts of Le Busca and Les Demoiselles. The museum has an impressive collection of specimens, exposed into 4 main sections, but also includes a botanic garden and others thematic gardens ! You can find pratical informations here.
On the roads to Santiago de Compostela, the Saint-Sernin Basilica, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, is listed among the World Heritage Jewels (UNESCO). Built in honor of Saint Saturnin (or Sernin), first bishop of Toulouse, its construction spread from the XIth to the XIIIth century. Walk around the building and admire the elegant chevet, staggered from the chapels to the octagonal bell tower, characteristic of Toulouse architecture. Learn more about it with this site.
The Musée des Augustins
The Musée des Augustins, the fine art museum of the city of Toulouse, is located in the very heart of the town. The variety and quality of the works mean that the museum’s collections cover all of the major periods of the history of western art. The Musée des Augustins is particularly rich in sculpture, with the only collection of Romanesque sculpture of its kind in the world, as well as many Gothic masterpieces. Don’t miss an occasion to visit it.
Complete your stay with unusual accommodation and become king or queen in a glorious french château !
Château de Saint-Martory is one of the best south france holiday destinations. This 500-year old early French Renaissance castle enjoys a spectacular setting for your family reunion. The unique combination of gastronomy, culture, elegant living spaces and gorgeous historical suites offers the backdrop of the unforgettable holidays you always dreamed of, lifestyle at its best.
Learn more about Saint-Martory here.