Discover boutique hotels in Toulouse, France

Don’t be fooled by Toulouse’s pretty-in-pink buildings and grand medieval cathedrals of the Old Town, This is a forward-thinking city with a skyrocketing aerospace industry. Journey to the furthest reaches of the galaxy at Aeroscopia museum or get blasted into the future at Cité de l'espace theme park. After you’ve travelled light-years into the future, walking the brick-paved streets of the centre ville will feel like a time warp. Choose a cosy café for the afternoon and get a taste for local delicacies like rustic cassoulet stew, Toulouse sausages and a variety of violet-flavoured cakes and candies. Play hookie from the inner-city culture and head to Stade Toulousain – on the wing of the city – for a rugby match: even if you don’t go as a rugby fan, you’ll leave converted.

When to go

To avoid spring showers and the soaring southern-summer heat (with highs over 30 degrees), go in June or September. Visit in February to experience the annual <em>Festival de la Violette</em>, or between May and August to hear the city come alive with the sound of music festivals.