Toulouse is a destination not to be missed in the south-west of France. It embodies the best of the region’s festive spirit and unique atmosphere. Located on the banks of the Garonne, the charming city centre combines tradition and easy living, with the iconic meeting place the Place du Capitole, and its imposing Provencal cross, at its heart.

In this home of ‘bon vivants’, the food is generous and hearty, offering such local specialties as the world-famous cassoulet and saucisse de Toulouse.

The city welcomes you with the friendliness you’d expect from a rugby-loving community. The pride in the exploits of its local red and black attired team, multiple champions of France and Europe, is obvious everywhere in the Pink City, so called because of the colour of bricks used in all of its notable buildings, including the Musée des Augustins, the Basilique Saint-Sernin and the magnificent Jacobin convent.

The European capital of aeronautics and space, Toulouse will be reaching for the stars during Rugby World Cup 2023. Its enthusiasm for the oval ball will be on full display throughout the city, and even more in its stadium, nicknamed Little Wembley, where the opportunity to support and cheer on sporting exploits is never missed.

(Photo: Patrice Nin – Toulouse Métropole)