Toulouse, France's fourth biggest city, is bubbling over with life. Ideally situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, the cosmopolitan city mixes heritage and lifestyle. Both modern and proud of the legacy of its past, it has a wealth of cultural heritage.
At the heart of the Midi region, Toulouse has always occupied an important place in the South-West of France. This 2000-year-old history shows itself in an architecture of brick and tiles that, when bathed in the golden sunlight, has given it the name of the 'Ville Rose.'
Its world renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and the second largest after Paris.
All over the city, the ambience is friendly. Take a walk around the historic centre or beside the Garonne and the Canal du Midi, crossing the famous Pont Neuf, or soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafés.
If shopping is your aim, then Toulouse has all the major internationally-renowned brands in fashion, design, leather goods and jewellery. There are also open-air and covered markets selling the local products that this region is renowned for.
Toulouse is a city to satisfy the taste of every enthusiast of the arts, from classical concerts, lyrical art, jazz and variety to electro-acoustic music.
The climate and weather in Toulouse due to its situation in the Mediterranean, offers one of the best and sunniest climates of the whole of France - there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year! Toulouse and its region are attractive all year round.
Set in central Toulouse, Grand Balcon Hotel is a 4-star hotel featuring a 1930s décor and a 24-hour reception. The property is 4 km from Toulouse Stadium and offers air-conditioned guest rooms with free WiFi access.
A flat-screen TV, a minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine are standard in each soundproofed room. Some rooms have a seating area. All of the contemporary bathrooms.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning at Le Grand Balcon Hotel. Enjoy a drink in the contemporary bar while reading the newspapers provided.
Place du Capitole is just 100 m from the hotel and Capitole Metro Station is a 3-minute walk away. Galeries Lafayette is a 5-minute walk away.
Stay in the real heart of the city – this is our guests' favorite part of Toulouse, according to independent reviews.
In Toulouse, gastronomy is part of the lifestyle and there are many restaurants to choose from.
Michel Sarran- 21 Boulevard Armand Duportal - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tel : 05 61 12 32 32
A gastronomic experience at Michel Sarran's restaurant, where he prepares fine cuisine that is inventive. Intimate dining, with only 22 covers, so book to avoid disappointment and note that it is closed for the entire month of August.
Of all the French provincial cities, Toulouse has one of the most intensely cultural calendars
2,000 years of history have left the city scattered with examples of heritage that represent the Southern French style at various moments in history.
The Saint-Sernin basilica is home to the grave of Saint Saturnin, first bishop of Toulouse in the 3rd century. The Jacobins convent buildings have wonderful gothic architecture including the amazing "palm-tree", a pillar from which twenty-two branches stem.
At the heart of the antique dealer's quarter, the Saint Etienne cathedral displays several styles of sacred architecture. The city is also very rich in Renaissance townhouses. The Capitole, currently the City Hall, has magnificently decorated historic rooms.
From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, and from Saint Sernin to the Cité de l'espace, there are many different faces of Toulouse.
From art of the antiquity to modern art, from Romanesque art treasures to impressionist masterpieces, from Ancient Egypt to the stars, Toulouse is home to some vital collections. The museums themselves are housed in buildings that are heritage jewels, or in astonishing converted industrial buildings. As you go from one museum to the next, you'll discover the charms of the Ville Rose yourself.