Tourism in Toulouse

In the heart of the pink city

Pont Neuf<br /> 
The famous bridge Pont Neuf

Located on the wide Place du Capitole, the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra benefits from an ideal location to appreciate the great places in the city.

Only at few minutes walking from the great monuments of Toulouse, the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra suggests you to discover the unique "art de vivre" and the wealth of its historical asset.

Full of charm with its red terracotta bricks which have given it the surename of « pink city », Toulouse is a combination of Art, History, monuments, urban and natural landscapes… The Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra will help you to enjoy all the faces of our beautiful city.

Tourist activities

Looking on to the wide Place du Capitole, the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra is located near the famous buildings of Toulouse, made with the red terracotta bricks which have given it the surename of « pink city ».

Located along the Garonne river and the famous Canal du Midi, Toulouse offers a rich historical and natural asset, influenced by several mediterranean cultures. Located at the entrance of the Pyrénées, Toulouse is also an ideal starting point to explore a beautiful region, stretchting from the Carcassonne towers to the Armagnac gersois and from the Fronton Vineyard to the Pyrénées magic foothills.

The iconic monuments in Toulouse

  • The Capitole's Donjon : built in the 16th century, had been used to keep the archives of the city, to welcome the town councils and now the Tourism Office.
  • Nowadays we can find in the Capitole the City Hall and Théâtre du Capitole: the neoclassic facade dating to the 18th century presents alterning bricks and stones, a true symbol of the city. Famous for its staterooms, come and visit the "salle des Illustres", registered since 1994 among the Historical Monuments.
  • The Chapel "Chapelle des Carmélites: it offers amazing paint vaults and walls.
  • The Musée St Raymond: its exhibits a wide archeological collection with more than thousand arts which shows the daily life of Celtic and Romans civilisations in the region of Toulouse.
  • The "Saint-Sernin Basilca": this building stands among the most important Roman churches in Europ and is registered in the UNESCO World heritage as a major stop in the sacred Compostelle procession.
  • The Church "Saint Pierre des Cuisines": this building dating to the 14th century, was a funeral Basilica and we can see there some sarcophagus and vaults.
  • The "Jacobins Monastery": this impressive building displays the exceptional features of the Southern Gothic art.
  • The" Hotel de Bernuy": this building was built during the first part of the 16th century and has an impressive tower of stairs.
  • The "Hotel d'Assézat": this mansion dated 1555-1557 on the Nicolas Bachelier's maps, a great architect of the Renaissance in Toulouse, was already registered as historical monument in 1914. Nowadays we can find there the Bemberg Foundation Museum.
  • The"Augustins Museum": nowadays Museum of the Fine-Arts, it used to be the Augustins Monastery and displays important collections of paintings and sculptures.
  • Les Abattoirs: located on the Left Bank of Toulouse, les Abattoirs, which formerly housed the various slaughterhouses in Toulouse, is now a "Musée de France" dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
  • Le Canal du Midi:classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy the joys of river tourism, during a walk, bike or boat trip.
  •  La Halle aux machines: located in the new district of Montaudran, come and discover an exhibition of machines such as the Minotaur and the giant Spider designed and manufactured by François Delarozière and have the chance to take a ride on the Minotaur (on reservation)
  • L'envol des Pionniers: located in the heart of the Giant's runway, this museum dedicated to the aeropostal system brings to life the extraordinary adventure of the pioneers.

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The Ernest-Wallon Stadium

Come and support the "Stade Toulousain", our rugby team, playing at the Stade Ernest-Wallon !
10 hectares wide and offering 19 000 seats, "Le Stade Tousousain" is proud its team has won 19 times the French championship of rugby with a 15 players team and 4 times the European championship, which makes it the most awarded club in France and Europe.

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The town Stadium

This Stadium is the biggest sports complex in Toulouse and the 7th in France in terms of capacity. It welcomes the Toulouse Football Club (TFC), as well as the big rugby matches of the Toulouse Stadium in H Cup (European Cup) or in Top 14 and many other sportive confrontations. In 2016, the UEFA matches have been taken place in that Stadium.

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See also

Toulouse Pastel et Violette
Pastel & Violet of Toulouse
  • The "Cité de l'Espace" : For children as well as for adults, curious or passionates, the "Cité de l’Espace" opens for you its doors towards the infinite and the outstanding ! This museum and scientific research center wishes to inspire people to explore sciences and especially astronomy.
  • The Aeroscopia Museum : Along with the conservation and the display of legendary airplanes, Aeroscopia wants to pass the aerospace culture on to its visitors, showcasing the engineering know-how, creating an attractive and educational place to inspire potential future scientists and engineers.
  • The "discover Airbus" visit  : From the Concorde to the Ariane plane, Toulouse stands as the first aerospace power in the world, thanks to Airbus. Three tours are available (integrated belvedere, outdoor sight seeing and visit of the telemetry room).
  • The Toulouse-Blagnac airport : An outstanding and surprising visit of the Toulouse-Blagnac airport, the 4th of the province, serving more than 30 international destinations and 15 french cities.
  • The House of the Violet : This boat is entirely dedicated to the Violet flower and has all kinds of products made with or reminding the flower, as well as a permanent exhibition to make visitors discover the plant history and features.
  • The Pastel Museaum | Pastel Land : Symbol of the Toulouse wealth, this museum offers you a travel through the universe of pastel, to discover the unique source of blue "grand teint" in Occident.