There are some cities that captivate you with their charm. Toulouse is one of them. The ‘pink city’ of Haut-Garonne will fascinate, delight and enchant you. Capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, it is the 4th largest city in France with 437,000 inhabitants. Young, modern and dynamic, this European metropolis vibrates with a Latin heat that inspires both its temperament and its architecture. Now it’s your turn to vibrate with Toulouse!Clad in russet tiles and red-orange coloured bricks, Toulouse is high on the list of French cities where life is good. You will be won over by its irresistable charm, beauty, relaxed attitude and enthusiasm.As France’s third largest university town with 110,000 students, Toulouse never sleeps and has a party atmosphere. This has not stopped it from achieving economic success. The birthplace of Concorde and the Ariane rocket, and home of the Airbus, the pink city is involved in aeronautics and space, high-tech activities and research.Warm and spontaneous, Toulouse has had a 100–year-old love affair with rugby. A culture in its own right, it is epitomised by Stade Toulousain, one of the northern hemisphere’s best teams.Toulouse also has a quasi love affair with its river, the Garonne. Originating in the Pyrenees, the Garonne is lined with embankments bathed in sunshine. They are one of the favourite walking spots for thepeople of Toulouse. The right bank underscores the historic heart of a city renowned for its sophistication and independence of spirit since the Middle Ages.Toulouse is also a large metropolis with a village soul. The centre is easy to explore on foot or by metro: pedestrian alleyways in small squares decorated with fountains, beautiful avenues in vast gardens, quaint shops and luxury boutiques.Here you will fi nd the prestigious Place du Capitole, the famous Basilica of Saint-Sernin, the Cloître des Jacobins (Jacobin Cloister) and manor houses built during the Renaissance; as well as the Musée des Augustins (Augustin Museum), the Musée Saint-Raymond (Saint-Raymond Museum), the Musée des Abattoirs (dedicated to modern and contemporary art) and the Cité de l’Espace (Space City)... so many stops to enjoy on your walks, fi lled with a sense of the Toulouse ‘art of living’. Soak up the atmosphere of the markets, restaurants and cafés that make Toulouse a city that is both fashionable and friendly.And don’t forget that Toulouse is ideally situated between the sea and the mountains, only 150 km from the beaches of the Mediterranean and 110 km from the Pyrenees, which makes it amazingly attractive.