Join us in Toulouse for this summer’s biggest football tournament.
Known as La Ville Rose (the Pink City) due to the pink-hued bricks used in many of the city's buildings, Toulouse is not only beautiful, but it's full of fantastic things to see and do, and visitors can discover magnificent museums and bustling markets alongside Toulouse's vibrant cultural scene. This summer, Toulouse will join nine other destinations in France as a host for one of the biggest football tournaments of the year. Here's our guide.
This summer, visit Toulouse. © Flickr user Maxime Raphael
Like the rest of France's host cities, Toulouse's stadium (the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse) will hold matches throughout the tournament. If you didn't get tickets, do not fear, as Toulouse will have a designated football Fanzone where fans can congregate to watch matches throughout the summer tournament. Large screens will be set up at the centrally located Allée Jules-Guesde, and matches will be broadcast to upwards of 20,000 people, while surrounding bars and restaurants will provide refreshment throughout.
What to do
When you're not watching the football, there's plenty to keep you busy in Toulouse, starting with the Garonne river. The river runs through the centre of the city, so it's perfect for an afternoon riverside stroll or a leisurely boat ride. Many boat tours will take you all the way along the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO-protected canal that has to be seen to be believed.
The Canal du Midi. © Flickr user Ludovic Lubeigt
France is known for its fresh produce and artisan products, the best of which can be found at the local markets and fairs. In Toulouse, you can pick up all kinds of cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, cured meats and more at Carmes Market. Held every day (except Monday) from 7am to 1.30pm, the market showcases delicious produce from local vendors. Yum!
Where to eat
La Cave Au Cassoulet
Regions in France are known for their speciality dishes, from Burgundy's beef bourguignon (beef stew) to Picardy's flamiche (leek and cream tart). Cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole made with pork, goose, duck and white beans, is Toulouse's speciality. Try this hearty dish at La Cave Au Cassoulet; it serves some of the best in the city.
Dig in to a delicious bowl of cassoulet. © Flickr user David Blaine
Where to drink
If you're looking for a wide selection of beers, spirits and wines, look no further than The Dispensary. This cosy pub says it is "inspired by the best of British", and this is reflected in the British-style pub food menu and the British beers which can be found on tap. As well as the great beer and food on offer, the pub can be easily reached on foot from the football Fanzone or the stadium.
An Irish pub as good as any, Le Dubliners is the place to go if you're looking for a good pint, whether it be Guinness or your favourite beer. A lively atmosphere makes this pub the ideal nesting place before or after the football, and you can even enjoy bar nibbles, such as a selection of cheese, cured ham, sausage and bread. The pub has an open stage for musicians every Wednesday and a darts club, so there's always something going on.
Where to stay
Privilège Hôtels is made up of not one, not two, but three hotels, all of which are centrally located and within walking distance of the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse and the football Fanzone. Each hotel has its own unique personality and you can choose from rooms of varying sizes and prices, from double rooms to self-catering apartments.
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Drive to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Journey from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there, Toulouse isn't far away.
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