Toulouse at a glance
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Toulouse, capital of the Haute-Garonne department in Midi-Pyrénées, is popular with expats and visitors. We take a quick look at the city to find out why
The area around Toulouse has an average resale price of €258,300, compared to an average of €230,000 for the department of Haute-Garonne and €157,500 for the Midi-Pyrénées region. As a comparison, the average resale price stands at €303,300 in Paris, while in Bordeaux the figure is €245,000 and in Montpellier €275,000.
Toulouse enjoys a pleasant climate with mild winters and long hot summers that include highs of over 30ºC. Spring and autumn are good months to visit with plenty of sunshine and not much rainfall.
As one of France’s biggest cities there are no shortage of activities in Toulouse. Once one of the most important trading cities in France, Toulouse boasts an abundance of beautiful buildings built by wealthy merchants in its old quarter, known as the ville rose. Highlights include: the bustling Place du Capitole, the impressive Cité de l’Espace museum, sitting along the River Garonne and soaking up some culture at the Basilique Saint-Sernin. Toulouse is the capital of the Haute-Garonne department which stretches down to the Pyrenees, and the mountains are within easy reach of the city for skiing and walking.
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FOOD AND DRINK
Known for its food, Toulouse has numerous markets and restaurants serving specialities such as cassoulet and Toulouse sausage. Duck and goose dishes are a local favourite, especially confit and foie gras. Violet flowers are typical of Toulouse and are often found in salads, condiments and biscuits.
Eurostar to Paris and then TGV to Toulouse which takes around five and a half hours.