Leisure activities in Toulouse

Leisure activities in Toulouse
Updated 2019-08-15 08:22

Known as the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, Toulouse is the fourth biggest French city. It attracts many expatriates every year thanks to its pleasant climate, its proximity with the Mediterranean Sea, its Pyrenean ski resorts, as well as its 965 hectares of municipal green spaces. In fact, Toulouse is famous for the quality living it provides to its inhabitants. So you will definitely enjoy your stay there, particularly given the various leisure activities that are available for all ages.The capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, Toulouse - know as the Pink City thanks to its red terracotta rooftops - is the fourth biggest city in France. It attracts many expatriates every year thanks to its pleasant climate, its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, its Pyrenean ski resorts, and the quality of life it offers to its inhabitants. 

History and culture in Toulouse

Rich with centuries of history, Toulouse naturally plays host to a fascinating array of museums. Visit the Natural History Museum, the 14th-century Musée des Augustins with its collection of more than 4,000 works of art, or discover the Egyptian, Asian and Middle-Eastern art of the Musée Georges Labit. Elsewhere, highlights include the Capitole de Toulouse - the city's lively square where you will find markets, cafés and restaurants - as well as the historic bridges of the city, the Pont Neuf (the oldest bridge in Toulouse). A wander through the city's streets will reveal countless vibrant neighbourhoods just waiting to be discovered.

Toulouse's parks and gardens

For those looking to enjoy the more natural sights and sounds of Toulouse, you can choose to spend some time in one of the many public green spaces in the city, such as the Jardin des Plantes, the Royal Garden or the University Garden. Find more information about Toulouse's gardens and parks in the 'Useful links' listed below.

You will also find many shared gardens in Toulouse. These gardens are open to all amateur gardeners, so green-fingered expats with a keen sense of community can participate in the beautification of the city.

Sports in Toulouse

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to sports in Toulouse - you might prefer jogging through one of the municipal parks or along the river banks, but you might be looking for something more adventurous! You could visit the Trampoline Park with its activities for children and theme park, go kayaking, head to K'Ptain Park for a children's indoor play area, visit one of the local golf courses or take a dip in more than a dozen municipal swimming pools.

Cuisine in Toulouse

The cuisine of Toulouse is an integral part of the region's culture, as is the case across much of France. Perhaps Toulouse's best-known dish, the Toulouse Cassoulet is a rich, warming, slow-cooked stew, and it can be found at restaurants throughout the city. Another signature food is found within the cassoulet, and that is the Toulouse sausage, which is made of pork meat combined with herbs and spices. If you are looking for something a bit sweeter, you may want to try a Croquant - a sweet, crisp biscuit with almonds in it.

Useful links:

Toulouse map
Toulouse Official Portal ' Sports
Toulouse Official Portal ' Markets
Toulouse Official Portal ' Leisure
Toulouse Heritage
Citizenkid ' Kids activities

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