City Guides

Welcome to Toulouse

Toulouse is an unmissable city to visit during the Rugby World Cup. It won’t take you long to realise that the residents of Toulouse are huge fans of rugby. Rightly so, with the local rugby club winning France’s rugby championship 19 times!  


A recognisable feature of the city is the colour of the buildings, which are made of pink brick and terracotta, earning the city the nickname of “the pink city”. The city is also known as the European capital of aeronautics and space industries, with Airbus and the French Space Agency having their headquarters here.  

Toulouse highlights

Toulouse - Church

Basilique Saint Serin

This UNESCO listed site is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Europe. Like the architecture in the rest of the city, this basilica is built with the iconic pink bricks, and was dedicated to the first bishop of Toulouse.  

Toulouse - Square

Place du Capitole

As you wander through the city of Toulouse, you will find yourself gravitating back towards the city’s main town square, Place du Capitole which houses the Town Hall and its iconic pink marble columns.

Toulouse - Space

Cité de l’Espace

As the European capital of aeronautics and space industries, Toulouse is home to a theme park dedicated to space exploration. You can even step inside the Mir Space Station which orbited the earth from 1986 to 2001.