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Toulouse: summer city break destination!

Renowned as the European capital of aeronautics and reputed for its traditional violet and even for its love of rugby, Toulouse is an effervescent city that is home to countless treasures.

Festival Rio Loco 2018

The 2018 edition of Rio Loco festival under the sign of rumbas of the world.

Bursting with cultural, gastronomic and festive gems, Toulouse is best experienced, breathed and tasted through its simple pleasures: nothing could be better than sitting at one of its sun-kissed terraces in the afternoon, seeking out the cool of its mansion houses, the Jacobins Convent and the basilica of Saint-Sernin, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, or taking in the sunset over the shimmering waters of the Garonne from the quayside or at a pop-up Guinguette bistro as it lights up the iconic dome of La Grave.


This summer, numerous major exhibitions will take place in the emblematic sites of the Ville Rose, including:

  • "Toulouse - Renaissance" at the Augustins, the Museum of Fine-Arts of Toulouse, presenting remarkable works from this period following on from exhibitions in Paris, Tours and Lyon – up until 24th September.
  • The Bemberg Foundation, housed within the Hôtel d'Assézat, for the very first time offers the unique collection of Baron Henri de Rothschild, generously loaned by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris: “Not even afraid! Collection of Baroness Henri de Rothschild – Vanities of yesterday and today“- from 29th June to 30th September.
  • Labelled as an exhibition of National Interest, the new major "Easter Island: the navel of the world" exhibition at Le Museum in Toulouse explores all aspects (cultural, geographic, scientific...) of this island – from 30th June 2018 to 30th June 2019.


This year, the basilica of Saint-Sernin and the Hôtel Dieu, in their role as major stop-offs along the Ways of Saint James, celebrate the 20th anniversary of their UNESCO listing. Two exhibitions are due to take place to mark this event:

  • An immersive exhibition at the Jacobins Convent allowing visitors to take on the role of a pilgrim in the Middle Ages, "Along the Ways of Saint James" up until 2nd September.
  • "In the footsteps of the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela in Occitanie" at the basilica of St Sernin – up until 2nd September.

Running alongside these exhibitions, countless activities are due to be held in a variety of venues throughout the city over the summer months, for instance:

  • Themed guided visits arranged by the Tourist Office of Toulouse, such as "On the road to Santiago de Compostela".
  • "Via Tolosana, a giant Snakes and Ladders board", helps you learn more about the Ways of Saint James as you play along with all the family – every Thursday from 14th July to 9th September – free.
  • The latest instalment of the Toulouse Plages event along the banks of the River Garonne. Sport, workshops, exhibitions, theatre and games are all on the agenda for nearly two months at a variety of venues throughout the city – from 14th July to 9th September.

Getting organised once you are there

The Pass Tourisme; the city without limits
In order to make the most of your stay, Toulouse offers tourists the Pass Tourisme that makes it easy to enjoy visits, transport and cultural discoveries, as well as offering a number of other benefits: public transport and airport shuttle included, free entry to museums and monuments in the city centre, reduced rates at the Cité de l'Espace and Aeroscopia, as well as the city’s discovery tours, and a choice of a free guided visit from the programme offered by the tourist office – Three accessible options: 24H (18€), 48H (28€) or 72H (35€).
Pass tourisme

Offers at the very best prices from the Club Hôtelier de Toulouse Métropole
In 2018, establishments that are members of the Club Hôtelier de Toulouse Métropole are launching weekend offers to suit every taste! 4 packages to choose from for two people.
Club Hôtelier