There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Toulouse each year.
The main ones are listed below.
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. On this day, sellers can be found on almost every corner!May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)
Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues across Toulouse.July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Toulouse, evening festivities include a concert at Prairie des Filtres and fireworks set off from barges floating on the Garonne.August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)
This celebration, still very popular in Toulouse, is marked by several religious ceremonies.Third weekend in September : European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)
On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.November 28 – December 26: Christmas Market (local event)
A traditional Christmas market is held in the Place du Capitole. Its welcoming log chalets all offer original gift ideas. An event not to be missed!December 25 : Christmas (national holiday) December 31:New Year's Eve (national event)
On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Bordeaux, with families and friends celebrating the new year.
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|February||3/37||11/52||52/2.0||Not the best period to go|
|March||5/41||14/57||49/1.9||Not the best period to go|
|April||7/45||17/63||70/2.8||Not the best period to go|
|May||11/52||21/70||74/2.9||Good period to go|
|June||14/57||25/77||60/2.4||Good period to go|
|July||16/61||28/82||37,7/1.5||Good period to go|
|August||16/61||28/82||47/1.9||Good period to go|
|September||13/55||25/77||47/1.9||Good period to go|
|October||10/50||19/66||57/2.2||Not the best period to go|
|November||6/43||13/55||51/2.0||Not the best period to go|
|December||3/37||10/50||52/2.0||Not the best period to go|
The Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is located in the town of Blagnac, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) northwest of Toulouse.
Toulouse's public transport system is one of the best and most efficient in France. The city's buses and its metro offer excellent coverage and are both easy to use and convenient. Exploring the city centre on foot or by bicycle is also an excellent option.
For those who prefer to visit Toulouse by car, there are nearly 9,000 parking spaces in the city's various parking facilities. Most of these facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Toulouse has its own public bike-sharing service, VélôToulouse. Users may pick up and drop off bikes at any of the 242 stations around the city. Toulouse offers more than 500 kilometres (311 miles) of cycling paths.
These passes offer unlimited travel on all modes of transport in Toulouse (Metro, trams, buses and the airport shuttle) plus free or reduced admission fees for many museums, monuments and other tourist attractions, tours and cruises, leisure activities, etc.
Upon your arrival in Toulouse, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Toulouse Tourist Office
Offers practical information (sightseeing, tours, heritage sites and cultural institutions, nights out on the town, etc.) and publications for tourists on the city of Toulouse and its region.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Toulouse counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
call the centre at +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00Food safety
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Toulouse.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure. For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/
Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-des-ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france.
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Toulouse, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Toulouse a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning)
Good evening: Bonsoir
Goodbye: Au revoir
No, thank you: Non, merci
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup
Please: S'il vous plaît
I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
Could you repeat ?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?
What time is it ?: Quelle heure est-il ?
Excuse me: Excusez-moi
Train station: Gare
I'm (…): Je suis (…)
I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…)
How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ?
Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ?
Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?
Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?
I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…)
In Toulouse like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.