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Located along the banks of River Garonne, this is the capital city of the French department of Haute Garonne and Occitanie. It is the fourth-largest in France and is known to be built by the Romans. A picturesque and modern looking location, this place is home to numerous attractions. It has three of them listed under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Also known as the centre of the aerospace industry, it has the headquarters of many major organizations. Airbus, the SPOT Satellite system, ATR and the Aerospace valley are present here. Apart from these, this industrial city has placed such as the Basilique Saint Sernin, Couvent des Jacobins, Place du Capitole, Musee des Augustins, etc. Each of these represents a different angle of this beautiful area with some exhibiting the Gothic style architecture and the others speaking of development and modernity. 

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Historically a trade point between the Pyrenees, Mediterranean and the Atlantic, its origin is particularly unknown. Under the kingdom of France, it was named a Royal city and was given due credit. For a period of nearly a hundred years, it had become the centre of Occitan literary culture. Over time, it had experienced war and the ill effects of it and was once a target. Majorly a trading dependent place, it had been an active participant since the 15th century. It was also a part of the Napoleonic war. The war was named the Battle of Toulouse and was one among the last of all. After four days of Napoleon’s surrender, the area was defended strongly by Marshal Soult, a revered historical figure. 

 

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This city is a culmination of specialties of the past as well the bright future lying ahead. Numerous religious buildings are present here. The architecture, mainly those featuring the Gothic style are captivating. Numerous civilian locations from the past and present are available for tourists. Away from high rise structures, there are natural delights also. Drowning in the lap of nature along the river, enjoying captivating views from the bridge, etc. are some of them. The area offers everything one can wish for in an enchanting tour.  

Best time to visit

During the summertime, between June and August, the climate is quite pleasant. The spring and summer offer a calmer temperature along with some special delights. The city plunges into liveliness during these days. Most of the attractions can be visited without any kind of fear. During the winter months, it is off-season and the prices come down. The temperatures are not very welcoming. Choosing the season should be done checking the ability of the visitor to sustain a cold here. Most of the outdoor activities here take place during the summer since most of the winter stay is indoors.

 

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Couvent des Jacobins

Established in the 13th century, this convent features the southern style Gothic architecture. It has contrasting kinds on the inside and outside. Several red bricks belonging from Toulouse are said to be used in its construction. The interior has a delicate architecture while the exterior possess an austere design. A chapel here is dedicated Saint Antonin and it has relics of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The place holds classical music nights and is kept open until midnight during the month of June. A piano festival also takes place in the month of September. Visiting this is a very refreshing and soothing experience. The architectural enthusiasts can enjoy the vastness and tones here.

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Place du Capitole

The town square of the city, it has several activities going on continuously here. There are arcades, the Capitole building, theatre du Capitole, etc. here. The architectural beauty of this location too can be experienced properly. Inside the Capitole building, known as the Hotel de Ville, columns are made of pink marble. A room known as Salle de Illustres is special with its gilded moldings. The area represents the growth and life here. These are open for visitors of the first Sunday of every month. A small walk away from here is the Vieux Quartier, a medieval location. The Cafes, Rue Saint-Rome and Rue des Charges are quite famous here for their delicacies.

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Fondation Bemberg

The fine and decorative arts museum is situated in the Hotel d’Assezat, an old mansion. The establisher had made his fortune from selling plant, a major commodity of time, making this manion quite exquisite. Teh courtyard here has arcaded loggia and beautifully detailed sculptures. Collections consist of bronze sculptures, paintings and art based objects. Art belonging to the Renaissance, moder French schooL and those of impressionists Claude Monet and Eugene Boudin attract major attention. The collections here are quite amazing and give a soothing experience to enthusiasts.

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Cathedral Saint-Etienne

Built over five centuries, this place has an architecture different from many. Changes were made in the duration of these five centuries. Initially built in a southern gothic style during the 12th century, it was made to rival the north style later. Stained glass windows, the 17 chapels built during the 16th to 18th centuries are great experiences. It also has a grandiose organ to honour the tradition here. Choir organ music is of exceptional importance and the cathedral plays soothing and beautiful sounds during the Toulouse les Orgues conducted annually.

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Les Abattoirs

Among the numerous museums to exhibit art, this place is known particularly for modern art. This has more than 4000 different kinds of art, paintings, graphic works and sculptures. The exhibits here are those from the beginning of the 1950s and belongs to nearly 700 artists. Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Vasarely and Robert Maplethorp are famed artists with maximum works here. Apart from the beautifully set up art, the place also hosts educational events, concerts and entertaining performances once in a while.

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Canal du Midi

Designed in 1667, this canal bridge was completed 10 years later. It was initially built as short route connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea. Running between Marseilles and Toulouse, the place is 240 kilometer long and required nearly 12000 workers to work on it. A massive project of its time, the area gives some breathtaking and charming views. Cyclists and pedestrians are a common sight here. Enjoy a good visit to the place to sit by the canal.

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Castres

A 1 hour road journey from Toulouse, this place has numerous attractions to visit. Cultural buildings and natural views are the best things to choose from here. The Musee Goya, Centre National et Musee Jane Jaures, Place Jean Jaures, Hotel de Poncet, etc. offer numerous historical and architectural experiences to think of. The Agout riverside, Sidobre,Coche d’eau offer a nature travel into this city. One of the primary attractions here is the Notre-Dame-de-la-Plate’ with its 120 metre high tower. Visit as many as your can while exploring the beauty of this area and its historical monuments.

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Bordeaux

A renowned wine-growing destination, the area is a grand gesture in itself. It has numerous unmissable places in and around. The Cathedrale Saint Andre, the Grand theatre, Place de la Bourse, Basilique Saint Seurin, etc. offer a historic and peaceful view of the place. Numerous museums, religious buildings and artistic sculptures are present here. Each of them is an eye-candy and treats the heart too. Explore these to learn a good deal about the past of this region oozing significance.

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Marseilles

Bustling with activity round the year, the place has numerous attractions. Historical monuments, churches, the old town, museums, etc. are the often visited locations. The nature park is a special mention with the exquisite and ethereal views of the place. The historical exhibits feature excellent architecture and arouse a keen interest about them. Some of these are a short ferry ride away from the port of Marseilles and can be covered. All the beautiful locations cannot be covered in a single day. For such a trip, visiting the old town, nature park, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, the old harbour, MuCEUM and Chateau d’lf would be efficient in covering one of each kind. Each of the places here have their specialty.

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Montauban

Similar to its counterparts, Montauban expresses the rich French history through its monuments. Palaces, Cathedrals, historical monuments form a crucial part of this location. These places speak greatly of the beauty of this city and the major part of history it has been. It also has a modern aquatic centre, the largest in France and Port Canal. These are short and refreshing places. The old town here too demonstrates an innate architectural beauty and the constructions of the past. The churches and cathedrals established here since a long time exhibit the history and modernity they have been through making them a sight to behold.

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Saint Girons

A small and beautiful village, this place has retained its old world charm. With old style houses and valleys, the area is calming. It transports one into an entirely different world, making this a one of a kind experience. Routes and details can be obtained from the tourism office in the city centre. This provides a list of easy routes that can be chosen to avoid confusion. The place can be covered in a single day. While here, do have a taste of the local cuisine with its extensive and tasty options and explore the beauty here.

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Najac

Located a little distant from the hustle of city life, Najac is a beautiful village covered with fortresses and old style houses. The medieval timed homes, the beautiful palaces, gorges and lakes add to its charm. Museums here appreciate the artists of their time and showcase their celebrated works. The place can be covered in a day and most of the attractions here can be visited. Know about the history of locations here while admiring their aesthetics.

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Albi

Filled with cathedrals and historic museums, this places holds a charm like no other. It can be entered through the port vieux bridge, built during the 11th century. Moving here feels exceptionally beautiful and the major styles of architecture can be understood clearly. Museums dedicated to various art works and significant things of the past can be found here. The place recites stories of glory and the history here. It can be covered in a day with a proper planning and most areas can be covered.

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Moissac

Located away from the metropolis, the area has a significant number of historical monuments. The bird watching, water activities, treetop adventure, etc. are additional aspects of interest. These activities are often along the side of a natural reserve, making them greatly enjoyable.

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