The Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) welcomes in all flights coming to the pretty city of Toulouse. This isn’t a huge airport, but there are all the major facilities passengers need when arriving in a new place. These include free WiFi, an information desk, ATMs, a couple of foreign exchange counters, public telephones, a decent variety of eateries, and a few duty-free outlets.
Getting to Toulouse from the airport should take you less than half an hour as the airport is situated a mere 8km from the centre of town. You can take the tram, buses, or taxi services, with this last coming to about 25-30EUR ($36-43).
Fly to Toulouse with a variety of carriers, including Qantas, Alitalia, Air France, KLM, Tunisair, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, and many more.
Why visit Toulouse?
There is nothing quite so charming as the earthy allure of southwestern France, and as one of the biggest cities in the region, Toulouse embodies that French joie de vivre that you don’t find in the larger, more cynical cities of this country. Wend your way through the gourmet food markets, the delightful museums, and one-of-a-kind bistros. Or spend your days enjoying the open and impressive squares where neoclassical buildings ensure that Toulouse is effortlessly chic, even if it is not quite as snobby as its sister cities.
Things to do in Toulouse
Easily the most impressive attraction in Toulouse is its UNESCO listed basilica, Saint Sernin. This church is considered an exemplary example of Romanesque architecture and style. Ever since its construction started in the 11th century, this church has been part of the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Couple this site with the Couvent des Jacobins, a convent, and adjoining chapel that is the home to the final resting place of Thomas Aquinas.
Outside of the ecclesiastical sites, there are a number of excellent museums, such as the Saint Raymond Archaeology Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Fine Arts Museum. Each of these cultural houses have extensive collections, so you must leave yourself enough time to enjoy them properly.
Then head to Place du Capitole, the main square of the city where you will be impressed by the neo-classical architecture. The town hall is situated in this square, and you can visit the remarkable rooms and halls of this building the first Sunday of each month. Then make sure you find your way to the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in the city, which crosses the Garonne River, and makes for a delightful walk.
Best time to visit Toulouse
· Aside from the rainy month of May, the time period between April and September are very pleasant. The average across these months is 22°C and the weather is mostly dry. The hottest months are between June and August, and this is the time to enjoy most of the outdoor activities in Toulouse, but these can be enjoyed well into September, and if you’re lucky, October.
· Winter is chilly, but if you catch the city after a snowfall, can be very atmospheric. If you aren’t used to freeing temperatures, be sure to invest in a warm winter coat.
Arriving in Toulouse by plane
· Expect to be subject to at least two stops, in hubs like Bangkok (BKK) and Doha (DOH), and in European bases, like Paris (PARI), and London (LOND).
· Euro (EUR).
· Australian nationals may travel to France without a visa, and stay in the country for up to 90 days. The Australian government runs a travel advice website, that has a page on France that outlines the conditions of exit and entry, that is worth visiting if you have not travelled to this country before.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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