Explore Toulouse Map and City Guide is an application to facilitate your visit, stay and discovery of Toulouse. You can search, find and discover places, companies and businesses around you.
- Free of charge
- City map
- Get directions to the places you want to go
- Complete information on thousands of places, tourist sites and points of interest.
- Find the best restaurants, shops, tourist sites, hotels, bars, etc. around you.
Since Explore Toulouse is a "Find Places Around Me" mobile application, you should use it while visiting Toulouse. If you want to try it from your current location, you can always install a "Fake GPS" app and setup your new location in the city of Toulouse.
Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot.
The city of Toulouse, located on the Garonne plain in the heart of southwest France, half way between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, is more important now than it has been for many centuries.
Since 2016, the fourth-largest city in France has become the capital of the second largest region of France, the new region of "Occitanie", which stretches from the Rhone in the east to within 60 miles of the Atlantic coast in the west. Modern Occitania is similar in extent to the great County of Toulouse which, from the 9th century until the end of the 13th, was an independent territory of southwest France.
Governed first by the Counts of Toulouse, from the 12th century onwards the city later became run by a council of administrators, known as the "Capitulaires": the council or parliament building was the Capitole, a building that stood close by what is now recognised as the centre point of modern Toulouse, the great Place du Capitole, one of the finest urban piazzas anywhere in the world.
A fairly compact city, the centre of Toulouse stands between the Canal du Midi (a world heritage site), and the river Garonne. The central area is a maze of narrow streets, crossed as in Paris by a few wide boluevards. With its multitude of cafés, restaurants bars and boutiques, old Toulouse is a historic area where visitors can easily spend two or three days and still not have time to do everything.
From the Tourist office located in the historic Dungeon of the Capitole, near the Place du Capitole, visitors can easily reach most of the important sites of the old city, its museums, historic churches, old streets, canal banks and riverbanks.
In addition to the main sites listed below, central Toulouse has several other specialist museums, historic churches, and of course plenty of opportunity for shopping.
Enjoy your visit and stay in Toulouse !