The city of Toulouse is located in the Midi-Pyrénnées region, along the Garonne River and the canal du Midi. Its numerous historical monuments, various pilgrimage sites and river banks contribute to Toulouse’s unique richness.
Toulouse, besides being charming, simple to travel and aesthetically stunning; is no doubt the liveliest and most thrilling city in the south west region of France. Toulouse, La Ville Rose or “The Pink City”, hosts many buildings made out of red terracotta which glow beautifully when the sun sets; it is also a friendly, warm, and dynamic city with almost 500,000 inhabitants. La Ville Rose is surrounded by some of the best scenery France has to offer.
The historic centre has a feel of Florence or Siena about it, whilst the Airbus industry gives it an international feel; Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, the Galileo positioning system, and the Aerospace Valley.
In some of the more boisterous restaurants, you can find yourself sharing trestle tables with students (there are over 100,000 of them in Toulouse) and aerospace engineers! Its world renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and the fourth-largest university campus of France with more than 103,000 students.
Old men play outside as the sun sets, and summer days see young and old picnicking on the banks of the Garonne River and along the Canal du Midi. It can be really hot in summer and very cold in winter while most days are dry and sunny.
There is always something unexpected going on in the main square such as live music, theatre and cinema every day of the week. It is really easy to walk everywhere or rent a bike.
Gastronomic specialties such as the Saucisses de Toulouse, cassoulet Toulousain, (a bean and pork stew), and garbure (a cabbage soup with poultry) are a delicacy mainly made in the Midi-Pyrénées.
This great city counts with two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi, designated in 1996, and the Basilica of St. Sernin, designated in 1998 because of its significance to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.