Tourism in Toulouse

At the heart of the Ville Rose

Situated on the Place du Capitole, the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra benefits from an exceptional location from which to take in the key sites of Toulouse and enjoy some unique visits of the city.

Just a short hop from the main buildings of Toulouse, the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra allows you to set off and explore its incredible history and heritage.

A city brimming with charm in which the strong presence of terracotta bricks gave rise to its nickname of « La Ville Rose », Toulouse allows you to harmoniously combine a range of unforgettable walks: art, history, monuments, urban and natural landscapes…the Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra allows you to appreciate every facet of the city.

The Grand Sites of Occitanie

Situated along the River Garonne and the famous Canal du Midi, Toulouse boasts a rich historic and natural heritage that is strongly influenced by a variety of Mediterranean cultures. On the doorstep of the Pyrenees, Toulouse is also an ideal departure point from which to explore a region that stretches from the towers of Carcassonne, the Gersois Armagnac and the vineyards of Fronton to the foothills of the magical Pyrenees. The historic towns of Albi, Montauban and Moissac add to the wealth of this area.

See  the Grand Sites of Occitanie

The famous bridge Pont Neuf

The emblematic monuments of Toulouse

On foot

The Donjon du Capitole  : built in the XVI Century, this building with a fortified feel once held the city’s archives and hosted local council meetings. Now you can find the Tourist Office there.
Saint-Sernin Basilica   : listed as World Heritage by UNESCO as a stop along the Way of St. James, this is one of the largest preserved Romanesque basilicas in Europe.
The Jacobins Convent   : an exceptional and imposing brick building that is characteristic of the Southern Gothic style.
The Hôtel d'Assézat – Bemberg Foundation : a private mansion house built in 1555-1557 according to the blueprint of Nicolas Bachelier, the greatest architect in Toulouse during the Renaissance, it has been a listed historic monument since 1914. Currently closed for work

The Augustins Museum : this museum of Fine-Arts is housed within the former Augustinian convent and brings together significant collections of paintings and sculptures. Closed for works : reopening 2023.
Les Abattoirs : situated on the left bank of Toulouse, Les Abattoirs once housed the various different abattoirs of the city and is now a "Musée de France" museum devoted to modern and contemporary art.
The St Raymond Museum : this exhibits a significant archaeological collection featuring more than a thousand pieces that retrace the daily life of the Celts and the Romans in the Toulouse region.
The Carmélites Chapel   : boasting a painted decor that completely covers the vaults and the walls, it is our very own « Sistine Chapel ».
The Maison de la Violette : this barge dedicated to the Toulouse Violet offers products made using the flower as well as a permanent exhibition that reveals the history and cultivation of this plant.
The Canal du Midi : listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Canal du Midi connects the River Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea. Give in to the pleasures of river tourism as you enjoy an escape on foot, by bike or by boat.

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45 min
de Montauban
45 min
de Castelnaudary
50 min
de Albi
1 h 00
de Castres
1 h 05
de Carcassonne
2 h 20
de Montpellier
2 h 20
de Bordeaux
2 h 40
de Andorra la Vella (Andorre)
3 h 50
de Barcelone (Espagne)
2 h 50
de Biarritz
Pastel & Violet of Toulouse

Nearby museums

  • The Cité de l'Espace   : for young and old, experts and novices, the Cité de l’Espace opens the doors to infinity and beyond for an extraordinary visit! The Cité de l’Espace aims to stir your passion in the sciences and astronomy. 
  • The Aeroscopia Museum   : going further than simply discussing and showcasing legendary aircraft, Aeroscopia seeks to highlight aeronautical culture and savoir-faire, creating an attractive and educational venue that encourages interest in scientific and technical learning.
  • The Airbus Discovery   : from Concorde to Ariane, nowadays Toulouse is a leading force in global aeronautics thanks to Airbus. Three visitor circuits are available (viewing platform at the Lagardère factory, external tower and telemetry rooms).
  • The Flight of the Pioneers : situated at the heart of the Runway of Giants, this museum devoted to the Aeropostale Company relives the extraordinary adventure of the aviation pioneers.
  • The Hall of La Machine   : situated in the new Montaudran quarter, come and discover a collection of amazing machines, such as the Minotaur and the Giant Spider, designed and built by François Delarozière, and book in advance if you want to ride on the back of the Minotaur.

Ernest-Wallon Stadium

The Municipal Stadium

Come and cheer on Stade Toulousain, our very own rugby team, at the Ernest-Wallon Stadium!
Covering an area of ten hectares and with a capacity of 19,000, the stadium is truly proud of its club that won the French Rugby Union Championship in June 2019. Quadruple European champions, this is the most successful French and European club of all time.

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This is the largest sporting complex in Toulouse and the seventh largest stadium in France in terms of capacity. It is home to Toulouse Football Club (TFC), as well as hosting major Stade Toulousain rugby matches in the H Cup (European Cup), the Top 14 and many other sporting events. Euro 2016 matches also took place at this venue.

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