Formerly the capital city of Languedoc, Toulouse has a history
going back to the year 100 as a Roman colony. Its position halfway
between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea has placed in
at the centre of many wars and conflicts in that time. Its eyes are
firmly on the future now however, as Toulouse is now an epicentre
of the European aerospace industry and home to one of the largest
universities in France.
Toulouse is known as The Pink City due to its pseudo-Roman face
brick buildings, which also contribute to its reputation as one of
the most beautiful cities in France. It has many historic bridges,
hotels, cathedrals and museums that are worth exploring in the
downtown area, which is easily traversed on foot. The grand facades
are interspersed with restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs that give
the city a pleasant, bustling atmosphere, and a number of parks and
green spaces to maintain tranquillity.
Its location near the centre of France makes Toulouse an ideal
stop on any tour of the country; it is only an hour or two away
from the vineyards of Bordeaux, the medieval city of Carcassonne,
and even Donostia-San Sebastian in Spain. It is a popular stop on
driving tours of the country, and a visit to Toulouse is a
wonderful part of any holiday in France.