Ideally situated in the heart of Southern France, between the
Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, the cosmopolitan and
enthusiastic city of Toulouse is a delight to discover. Toulouse is
often known as Ville Rose - the "Pink City" - due to its red-brick
buildings, which seem to subtly change colour throughout the day.
Toulouse was once a city that inspired medieval poets; today it has
become a pioneering centre of technology and aerospace development.
Toulouse is now home to Aérospatiale, the national Space Centre,
the European shuttle programme, a selection of leading aeronautical
schools, and a ground-breaking electronics industry.
Through all its many faces, Toulouse hangs on to a resolutely
old-fashioned French soul, with its markets, regional cuisine and
cafés interspersed between second-hand book stalls and antique
shops. France's fourth biggest city has a lot to offer, and a
stroll along the Garonne and the Canal du Midi is a perfect way to
spend the day.