Toulouse: a jewel in the south of France

Marcy Betancourt @marcybetancourt2 months ago · 8 min read
I have visited Toulouse many times and at different times of the year. The season that I like the most is autumn because of its climate, smell and color that the city acquires, however any time is good to visit Toulouse since its climate is very pleasant and does not get to have extreme temperatures.

Toulouse is located in the south of France; It is the fourth most populous city in France and the third university student city.

The people are very gentle and the students give the pink city a lot of vitality, as it is also known, for the color of its old buildings built with caravista bricks.

Today I will be your tour guide in the historic center of this beautiful city crossed by the Garonne River.

Religious Monuments

Basilica of San Sernín

This Romanesque church is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (code 868-045) and is one of the most visited sites in Toulouse. Dating from the 11th century and its internal architectural details are wonderful. Admission is free but to access the underground crypt a small payment is made. This basilica is part of the goods inscribed on the road to Santiago de Francia.

Notre-Dame du Taur

It is located on Taur Street, very close to the Basilica of San Sernín and on the way to the Capitol Square. The church was built in the 14th century and is closely linked with the martyr of San Sernín. This historical monument is located in a very narrow street (Taur street) and is also recognized for its great bell tower and its beautiful facade.

Notre-Dame La Dalbade

It is located in the Carmes district very close to Plaza Carmes. Its Gothic architecture building dates from the 15th century. Its bell tower collapsed in 1926 and was the highest arrow in the city with 91 meters. The church has a beautiful Renaissance facade and eardrum. Inside there are many works of art, so I suggest you visit this church.

Saint Étienne Cathedral

This monument is really an architectural wonder. It is built in two different periods: Romanesque style in the nave area and Gothic style in the choir area.

Looking at this building without knowing its history can astonish and baffle travelers because this is the result of a juxtaposition of unfinished styles and buildings dating from the eleventh to the seventeenth century (and even to the twentieth century on its north facade).

The stained glass windows of this cathedral are the originals. Stresses its magnificent Rosette, its Organ and the sculpture of La Piedad by Gervais Drouet (1648).

Detail of The Piety

The Inscription of this sculpture says: All of you who pass by this way consider and see if there is a similar pain and mine.

The capitol

Possibly I should have started here.

The city hall of Toulouse (Headquarters of the Municipal Power) is located in this building. It has a courtyard of Henry IV and a large square of the same name. In the surroundings there are commercial stores and hotels that are in an excellent location.

Walking from here on La Fayette Street you can reach the Tourist Office and Wilson Square. I suggest that you dress the Tourist Office to acquire a small map of the city. There are also very nice souvenirs such as t-shirts, key chains, perfumes with the aroma of the region, etc.

I did the whole journey walking but there is the possibility of renting bicycles and using the bike lanes.


Toulouse has about 15 museums. All of great importance and for different purposes. On this tour I will only mention some of them.

Augustinian Museum

It is a museum of fine arts located in the historic center of Toulouse. The beauty of the works that are exhibited in this old Convent is as relevant as the aesthetics of the gardens, columns and floors.

Gothic sculptures (gargoyles) are also very striking and are located on the way to the cloister.

George Labit Museum

It is a museum that exhibits Asian art and Egyptian antiquities. Its name comes from a collector named George Labit who lived in Toulouse in the palace that today is the museum. In his travels, for several years, he acquired many objects of art, some three centuries old, and which are part of the exotic collection that this museum has.

Château L´Eau Gallery

It is a building that is passing the New Bridge very close to the Hotel D´Assezat. It dates from 1823 and is currently an important Photo Gallery. For any photographer who is visiting Toulouse this would be a mandatory place to visit.

Assezat Hotel and Bemberg Foundation

This work is signed by Nicolas Bachelier, the most important Tolosan architect of the Renaissance period, who was also the author of the bell tower of Notre-Dame de La Dalbade and the New Bridge.

The Bemberg Foundation works in this wonderful place (the name comes from the millionaire collector Georges Bemberg). Here are exposed more than 1000 works and objects of art from different times and European styles. I particularly value the impressionist art collection but there is something for everyone.

I leave here the museum tour. I consider all very interesting but I would like to mention other spaces in this publication. However, I cannot fail to mention the Natural History Museum and the Aeroscopy Museum.

Japanese garden

Traveling to Japan can be very expensive but if you are in Toulouse you can visit this wonderful Garden and you will feel some airs of this Asian country. It is a small park but very well maintained. It was created in 1981 by former Mayor Pierre Baudis and can be seen as a replica of Japanese gardens designed between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.

You can find in this place of harmony all the characteristic elements of a Japanese Garden: minerals, plant world, water and decorative objects typical of Japan.

Outdoor locations

Capitol Square, Wilson Square (which I have already reviewed) and Salengro Square which is a very cozy and romantic place to take a short break located between Puits-Clos, San Pantaleón and La Barutte streets.


In Toulouse you can find outdoor cinema functions in the spaces of the cinematheque. In addition, this city has a great Latin American Film Festival and The Italian Film Meetings in Toulouse. There are other festivals but these are the ones I like the most.

Night Departure

In the vicinity of the Lombard Pier and its surrounding streets you can find restaurants, bars and nightclubs to enjoy a Tolosana night. However, also if they have a vehicle they can move to other more modern spaces of the city to have more youthful dance and music halls.

In the photo I show the New Bridge. In the background La Daurade and the Lombard promenade.

What to eat and where?

Toulouse has all the options. There are restaurants of French food (of course), Spanish, Italian, Moroccan food, fast food franchises, etc. What I am going to suggest is that you make a reservation in a boat and enjoy the typical Toulouse dish: cassoulet. As it is a dish with character: white beans, duck, pork and sausages, cooked over very low heat, the first dish can consist of fois gras with red wine from the region or Bordeaux.

Markets for cooking in the accommodation

If the budget is only enough to eat in the room. In Toulouse there is an excellent municipal market with good prices.

On the Boulevard de Strasbourg from the Plaza de Juana de Arco and the street of La Concordia (approximately) there is a group of merchants of vegetables and fruits that are always very fresh. Every day of the week except Mondays you can find this economic alternative in the street.

If you want you can also buy flowers on that same Boulevard, here is a small sample.

We have finished the tour through the historic area of the romantic city of Toulouse (Midi-Pyrenees). I hope you enjoyed. A toast!

I am born in Caracas - Venezuela but I confess that I would have loved to be born in Toulouse. That city is fantastic !! So I am caraqueña of birth and heart-Toulousain

All photographs are my property and captured on different trips; except for the google map Google Map Toulouse.

Thank you for reading. Welcome, your comments.

Infinite greetings and until an upcoming post.

EquipoCardumen. Somos compañeros de viaje

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We considered Toulouse as our next For91days but we had to stay in Valencia longer ..… and I'm not doing winter in France .. so we chose Tenerife :)


Tenerife is an excellent choice. When you can visit Toulouse because you will love it


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Excellent documentary of this "cosmopolitan city".
As you say, it has something for everyone.
Good support with the photographs, I loved the Japanese garden.
The cinematheque and outdoor movies ... Lovely ...
All an excellent tour, thanks for being a great guide!
Congrats on a Curie vote!


Thank you for reading and commenting. There are many things that can be done in a single day. I was delighted with the Japanese Garden; It is a small park with a lot of harmony. Regards


Oh, excellent!
Stay Cool!

Saray @iamsaray2 months ago

Hola compañera! Veo que has viajado y has disfrutado bastante en ese recorrido, me alegea que gente como tu comparra este contenido con nosotros para conocer más lugares :)


Hola linda. He viajado alguito. Pero te cuento la ciudad que más he visitado es Toulouse porque me enamoré de ella, de su gente, de sus edificaciones. Me gusta mucho ir al Hotel D´Assezat y admirar tantos pintores que varias épocas. A veces creo que conozco a Toulouse más que los lugareños, he visitado miles de lugares y cuando comparto mis experiencias con unos amigos de allá ellos se quedan impresionados porque no conocen tanto como yo. Un gran abrazo y gracias por leer y comentar

helcim @helcim2 months ago

Most interesting! Thank You!


Thank you for reading


ehy dear @marcybetancourt, you wrote a beautiful post, with your photos and your descriptions brought us to Toulouse with you! beautiful market and lovely Japanese garden :-))
congratulations on your curie vote


I am very happy for Curie's support. I was writing for two weeks to make this publication and selecting photographs. I have visited many places in Toulouse but I hope this has been a great tour for those who read this publication. Thank you very much for your comment


I think i saw this building on a videogame


Hi I don't know which building you mean because I placed several. In any case, several buildings in many parts of Europe are from the same era and from the same artistic movement and that is why it is similar. For example: the medieval buildings resemble each other regardless of where they are located. The same happens with Baroque or Renaissance buildings. Regards and thanks for visiting my blog.


I guess most of them, used to play Assasins Creed haha


I know someone who comes originally from Toulouse. She was telling me that it's a beautiful city but I never saw it so I didn't know that it was this nice. My favorite place would probably be that market as it's my favorite place everywhere I go :)

Thank you for sharing some great pictures! Congratulations on your curie vote!


Toulouse is really a beautiful city. In this publication I dedicated myself to presenting the historical and ancient area, but it is a very dynamic city due to aerospace, university life and local sport (rugby). Thanks for your comment @delishtreats


So maybe you can show us another side of Toulouse as well :)


hahahaha, Of course!

steemboot @anaerwu2 months ago

Beautiful city and there is so many places to see and visit.

And now I understand why it is called Pink City. The old buildings are amazing.
Thank you for the tour.


Thanks for reading this post. Yes, Toulouse is a fabulous and very romantic city. Regards