Toulouse,
Capital of the Midi-Pyrénées

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    Fun for your kids and yourself
  • Visit the Airbus Factories at the airport and see the construction of the Airbus A380
  • Visit the Space Centre Centre d'Espace Toulouse
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  • Park your car at the station in Gaillac and take the train to Toulouse

The fourth largest city in France

Toulouse, the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region and the fourth largest city in France. The city lies on the River Garonne and is also the starting place of the Canal du Midi. This channel of 250 km length flows into the Mediterranean at Sète.

The city was founded about 200 years ago. A small group of Celts settled at the Garonne River. During the Roman Empire, the Romans founded a settlement here. This city grew rapidly and the Romans built high walls around the settlement. However, this could not prevent the settlement was sacked several times by barbarian tribes.

In the Middle Ages, the settlement had grown into a city, and was named the capital of the County of Toulouse.

In the twelfth century the Cathars tried to establish a community in the city, but they were expelled by the armies of Simon de Montfort. In the following centuries the city was faced with the plague, the Hundred Years War and several floods. Only in the fifteenth century it went better with the city. Toulouse benefited from the trade, and the city became richer. At this period of prosperity would come to an end in the sixteenth century, due to the outbreak of various diseases

Toulouse is today a city where the traces of the past are still visible. In the city there are many interesting historical sites such as the Capitole and the Pont Neuf .. A special attraction is the Basilica of Saint-Sernin. This is the largest Romanesque church in Europe. The center of Toulouse is very cozy. Besides finding many shops there are numerous nice terraces.