Whether you’re a fan of the whole European experience, you want to get out there and see the world or you just fancy a change of pace, the South of France is a great place to visit throughout the Summer Months. France is a beautiful country full of rolling hills, adorable little villages and towns nestled away in the countryside and historic cities, so to see it in the summer is a magical thing. Toulouse, for example, is a fantastic city with so much to offer in the ways of tourism, but it also provides a great getaway for those looking at taking a relaxing weekend on holiday.
We’ll have a look at five fantastic things you can do while visiting Toulouse, touching on five experiences you would not want to miss out on.
Often referred to as the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of Toulouse, Le Capitole makes its name as one of the greatest city squares of Europe. A perfect spot to combine French culture with a place to sit back and watch events unfold. This square is a beautiful wide open space great for people watching and admiring the scenery and good summer weather.
Le Capitole is also great to re-visit in the evenings, where the entire square is lit up with bright lights. If you get a bit peckish while resting your feet in Le Capitole, you could pop into one of the many nearby cafes or restaurants, but be prepared take your wallet with you as these can get a little expensive!
A hint of Japan in the South of France! Some may dream of going to Japan for years, never managing to save enough for the cost of the holiday, or some may find flying for 12 hours difficult, so the Jardin Japonais makes for a perfect substitute visit to some of Japans iconic beautiful gardens. Holding a number of Japanese plants and foliage, the gardens take inspiration from classic Japanese organisation and construction skills in order to create beautiful replica gardens in the heart of Toulouse. You can even visit a lifelike Buddha statue in the gardens!
It is the modern day mystery. The aim of escape rooms is that you enter the room with a small group of people, the room is locked and you must solve a series of puzzles in order to locate the key and escape the room within a given amount of time. Groups are meant to work together in order to solve the puzzles and it can be a good way to encourage team building activities in colleagues and families. There are also escape rooms where there is a central theme involved (Halloween ones are popular in October) so it is good to look around and see which one tickles your fancy.
Cite de l’Espace
Combining science with our naturally adventurous sides, Cite de l’Espace is a space centred theme park that boasts a number of exhibits and installations full of information and intrigue. The park opened officially in 1997, although numerous additions have been made to the park since then, including a permanent exhibition hall about Mars and a play area for children known as ‘la Base des Enfants’ in 2002 and 2006 respectively.
The entire park is shaped like a rocket shuttle and among its other exhibits it contains a full-size model of the Russian satellite Sputnik which was launched in 1957. If you fancy something a little different, you can also try the minute long gyroscope exhibit, where you are twisted and turned upside out in a 360 degree zero gravity experience
Museum de Toulouse
What is a holiday to a historic city without a trip to the museum? The Museum de Toulouse was the first natural history museum to open a gallery focusing on prehistoric times in Europe, making it rather knowledgeable on the subject, offering a large and impressive collection. The exhibition includes palaeontology and the evolution of life, making it great for your science nuts. Entry is 8€ for adults with children under 14 going free, however entry to the museum is free for all on the first Sunday of every month.
Great for long weekends spent in a classy hotel, or for longer holidays spent hidden away in a gorgeous French villa, Toulouse is a fantastic place for anyone to go on holiday and with so many sights and scenes to see, there is something for everyone. Sit back in Le Capitole and relax by watching the people walk by, or grab your camera and hit up some of the more densely populated tourism spots such as the Museum de Toulouse. Adventure seekers and kids will love the escape rooms and those of a more scientific nature will have a great time browsing through the exhibits at Cite de l’Espace, so why not try out Toulouse this summer?
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