Feeling adventurous? Want to get away from the urban environment for a while? Toulouse is the gateway to the Midi-Pyrénées and the Languedoc-Roussillon region, an ideal starting point to discover exceptional surrounding sites .
1. A trip in the vineyards
The Midi-Pyrenees vineyards are awaiting you! Try out a weekend in Armagnac, a holiday in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards or a tour around the estates of Cahors.
Drive 40 minutes away from Toulouse and you will reach the Fronton Vineyards: lovely country roads to explore and the Fronton AOC vineyards to visit between Toulouse and Montauban.
More information and opening hours of the wine estates are available at
The Maison des Vins de Fronton Phone : +0033 5 61 82 46 33
35 minutes the east of Toulouse, on the way to Albi, we invite you to drive through Rabastens, Lisle-sur-Tarn (13th Century ‘bastide’), Gaillac and the charming villages of the Gaillac AOC vineyards.
2. Cycling along the Canal du Midi
The green route borders the Canal du Midi and is designed for cycling and roller-blading. The path is 3m wide with an asphalt surface almost all the way along. Starting in the center of Toulouse, the route will lead you through the green valleys of the Lauragais district. You will see the historically notorious plane trees on the banks of the Canal du Midi which unfortunately will be cut down due to sickness. Your route will also be interspersed with locks and beautiful rural villages, starting with Montgiscard, Baziège and Ayguevives. These villages are marked by Southern Gothic architectural style and feature particularly interesting bell walls. The 240km ride from Toulouse to Lake Tahu will enable you to discouer its 64 locks, 55 aqueducts, 7 canal bridges and 126 bridges.
To rent a bike : La maison du vélo, 12 boulevard Bonrepos – 31000 Toulouse ( located close to the rail station).
10 euros per day from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 06:30 pm (except on Saturdays 05:00 pm)
The tourist office provides cycle lanes maps’ of and cycle tours of the city.
Airbus is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military airlifters, with a 40-plus year track record of innovation, technological firsts and industry milestones.
Final assembly production is based at Toulouse and you can visit factories with two options:
the Airbus A380 Tour (1’30 / 15 euros)
the Panoramic tour : a bus tour with commentary through sites (1’30 / 13 euros)
Tours every day except Sundays and bank holidays.
Prior booking NECESSARY on the following number +33 00 5 34 39 42 00 or on the website www.manatour.fr
Reservation deadline for non-EU citizens: you must book, at the latest, two full working days before the tour (working days are Monday to Friday, except public holidays).
Group guided tours in English / Identity card or passport required.
How to get there: ACCES BY TRAM – Line T1 Arènes / Aéroconstellation , ANDROMEDE – LYCEE STOP
Departure every 8 to 10 minutes. Arènes to Andromède – Lycée: 30 minutes by tram.
Andromède – Lycée to Let’s visit Airbus: 1,5 km on foot, 20 minutes’ walk (follow signs for «Let’s visit Airbus»)
The “cité” is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne and the more expansive lower city, the ville basse. Carcassone was founded by the Visigoths in the 5th Century, though the Romans had fortified the settlement earlier. The fortress, which was thoroughly restored in 1853 by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
Access by train or by car : Autoroute des 2 Mers A 61, RN 113 – D 118, 100 kms from Toulouse.
Boat rentals are available from Carcassonne to navigate across the canal du midi.
5. Cordes sur Ciel
Located 93 Km from Toulouse, in the Tarn department, this extraordinarily well preserved town sits high on a hilltop surrounded by Gaillac and its surrounding vineyards and Albi. Reward yourself and visit Cordes sur Ciel, discover its fascinating history and its Gothic architecture.
Weekly markets are set in the lower town where you can shop fresh local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, bread, pastries, regional delicacies and numerous organic products.
6. Cathedral town of Albi
In 2010, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recognized the significant cultural importance of the Episcopal City of Albi by registrating it to the World Heritage List as a cultural heritage site. More than 800 000 tourists visit the city each year.
The Episcopal City is situated 85 kms from Toulouse. Two major medieval constructions are to be visited: Saint-Cecile Cathedral, largest brick-built cathedral in the world, , and the the Berbie Palace, former fortified residence of the Albi bishops, now home to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Four medieval districts surround the cathedral: Castelviel, the ancient center of the city, Castelnau, a picturesque district with narrow streets and half-timbered houses, the Saint-Salvi district with its 13th Century collegiate church and cloisters and the banks of the River Tarn with the Old Bridge, dating back to 1040.
Moissac is a stop on the pilgrimage route to Campostela. You should visit the cloister, it is thought to be one of the most beautiful cloisters in the world and try some Chasselas, the local grape, which has its own AOC (appelation d’origine controle). Moissac is, unfortunately, one of the few areas of France that does not produce its own wine. Instead, the local grape is a dessert eating grape.
You can reach Moissac by train from Toulouse or Montauban or travel by boat on the Canal des Deux Mers. Many boat-travellers stay in the marina which has good facilities for visitors and is within two walking minutes the city center.
8. Getaways in the land of Foie Gras
Foie gras, the emblematic product of the Gers is present everywhere in this department and is France’s largest producer. No need to go far to find the best duck livers. When crossing the department boundary from Toulouse, you will find one of the biggest markets for fattened poultry: Samatan. Direct farm sales are available every Monday from 10 am onwards in summertime.
We invite you to buy your products directly from the farms. Indeed, many producers live in this region and in addition to selling their products, they often offer a tour of their breeding facilities. If you wish to stay for a weekend or more, gites and self-catering cottages are welcome to visitors.