Pullman Toulouse Centre
£163pp -- 5 Star-- 2 Nights B&B*
*based on Departing London 1 Feb
Toulouse, also named La Ville Rose – the “Pink City” – due to its red-brick buildings that seem to subtly change colour throughout the day, is one of France’s most exciting provincial cities. Once a city that inspired the medieval poets of courtly love, Toulouse has become a pioneer in technology and aerospace development.
Toulouse holds on to a resolutely old-fashioned French soul, with its markets, regional cuisine and cafés interspersed between second-hand bookstalls and antique shops. This 2,000-year-old historical city shows off its brick and tile architecture, typical of the cities, villages and farms of the Midi-Pyrenees region.
But with a growing and buzzing student population, the city is certainly not stuck in a time warp. With an abundance of bars, cafés, trendy shops and nightclubs, Toulouse offers a truly cosmopolitan experience.
France’s fourth biggest city has a lot to offer, and a stroll along the Garonne and the Canal du Midi is a perfect way to spend the day.
With its 2,000-year-old history, Toulouse will satisfy everyone with an interest for architecture and museums but there are also activities for the more active traveller -hire a bike and pedal the 40km long way from Toulouse to Port Lauragais on the south bank or go on an adventure out of the city in one of the region's amazing parks.
Young, family friendly and with lots of culture, Toulouse never gets boring.