Stay at our hotels in Toulouse to dine in historic brasseries and stroll the leafy banks of the Canal du Midi, a 17th-century waterway built to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea.
The focal point of the historic district is the imposing red-brick Capitole building, set on an expansive square close to our hotels in Toulouse. Stop by the tourist office in the Capitole's keep on Place Charles de Gaulle to purchase a "Toulouse en Liberté" card for discounts at area attractions. After the Capitole, the massive Basilique St. Sernin, complete with towering spire, is the city's most famous site. Built during the Romanesque period between a.d. 1080 and 1120, this basilica houses an outstanding collection of centuries-old relics in its crypt. See intricately carved religious statuary at the Musée des Augustins, a former Gothic convent that also features French paintings by Delacroix and Monet.
Guests of our Toulouse hotels head to the Bohemian Les Carmes neighborhood for the city's best antique shops. For upscale boutiques, stroll the pretty rue Croix-Baragnon and rue des Arts. Stop by the market at Place Victor Hugo to sample spicy Toulousian sausages, creamy goat cheese and rich foie gras produced in the nearby countryside. Charming historic brasseries near our Toulouse hotels serve regional specialties such as magret of duckling (breast of duck) and cassoulet (long-simmered stew of white beans and meat) accompanied by tannic wines produced in local vineyards. In the evening, cafes on Place Wilson, Place du Capitole and Place St. Georges transition into lively hot spots, and nearby discos stay open until dawn.
Book a room at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Toulouse in November for the Toulouse Antiques Fair, France's premier showcase for antiquities. Visit in spring to see the surrounding countryside abloom with pink and purple violets.