Toulouse is steeped in medieval history and architecture, while being a busy and sophisticated metropolitan centre...
Whether you want to experience factory tours, visit Les Abattoirs or Palace du Capitole, wander around the old town with its glowing pink walls, ski in the Pyrenees, swim off the Atlantic coast or entertain yourself in the Ville Rose, you'll find plenty to keep yourself entertained!
It's known for its university and aeronautical industry, particularly the airbus and space engineering industry.
The Capitole building in the city is made with pink stone, typical of the area and the perimeter is lined with cafes and shops. Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France and has been voted the number one place where the French would like to live! Even better, some of the best attractions and cities in France are just a short drive away from Toulouse, along with the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees and both Spain and Andorra. All this is accessible by Toulouse car hire.
Visitors will generally fly into Blagnac Airport (TLS), which is just eleven kilometres to the west of Toulouse city. Flights from Paris take around half an hour and there are plenty of scheduled flights from London, as well as regional UK airports.
It's worth booking your car in advance and organising pick-up at the airport and you can compare prices online in advance to save money and time. You'll need a passport, a copy of your insurance documents and driving licence to make the booking and it's worth buying a map from the car rental bureau too. You'll find that the roads are well marked and comprehensive, with major highways heading to Bordeaux, Paris, Marseille and Barcelona. Make sure you understand the international road markings before you set off and have adequate insurance, to include driving abroad.
Toulouse can be enjoyed as a destination year round. Visitors pour into the city at all times of the year, either to enjoy city breaks or head out into the country and beyond to the coast. Whether you arrive in spring to enjoy the greenery of the countryside, in summer to take advantage of the outdoor life and head to the coast, the autumn to enjoy culture and arts, or winter to head to the ski resorts, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Having a car rental will allow you to see as much of the city and surrounding area as possible...
With your car hire you'll be able to drive easily to places such as Bordeaux, Carcassonne and Montsegur (which can only be accessed by road, as it has no train station. It's about 90 minutes by car).
Toulouse itself has a small and compact centre and it's very pleasant to wander around. See the eleventh century restored church, the Basilique Saint Sernin and visit the beautiful old mansion called the Hôtel d'Assézat. The imposing Capitole is a must see, along with the facing Place du Capitale and the old Pont-Neuf bridge is a popular photography spot. Also see Les Jacobins monastery church, famed for housing relics of Thomas Aquinas. Stroll around the city park at the Grand Rond, just south east of the city. There's also a great museum at Les Augustins, the former monastery and Les Abattoirs Modern Arts Museum. Last but by no means least, don't forget the Canal du Midi, which is a World Heritage Site and protected by UNESCO.
Many visitors also enjoy visiting the Airbus facilities and there's a tour that takes about an hour. It's worth booking ahead if this interests you. You may want to see the Cité de l'Espace too, which is a kind of scientific 'theme park' with interactive exhibits and replica spacecraft.
Boat tours are very popular, departing from Daurade, close to the Capitole. You can take a boat cruise down the Garonne River, to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea in about an hour. Why not take in a rugby match too at Stade Toulousain if you're in the city on match day? The atmosphere is both electric and friendly and tickets can usually be picked up on the day. There are plenty of car parks for you to take advantage of and the match routes and car parks are well marked on the day.
The diversity of the city and the excellent road network makes Toulouse ideal for year round holidays and breaks, regardless of your interests. You can usually get good prices on hotels and flights if you book in advance and away from the most popular times of year when demand is invariably high for this hugely popular destination. To find the best price on car hire in Toulouse, use TravelSupermarke's search tool above.