What to see in Toulouse in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Ideal city for those who love history, technology and good food, Toulouse is a lovely French town overlooking the banks of the Garonne.
In addition to museums and historical and religious buildings, here it is possible to take relaxing river cruises, stroll through the historic center and taste the famous Cassoulet toulousain.
Here's what to do and see in one day in Toulouse.


  1. One day itinerary in Toulouse: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Toulouse: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Toulouse: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Toulouse: Morning

1 - First stage: Basilica Saint Sernin, Chapel of the Carmelites

Start your day with a coffee and a pain au chocolat at the Cafè Bar Saint Sernin (€ 3,50) and then visit the beautiful basilica of Saint Sernin.
The building is one of the most famous in the city, dates back to the 2,50th century and is of Romanesque style (free admission to the basilica, visit to the crypt € 8; from June to September it is open at 30: 19-00: 08, rest of the year 30: 18-00: ).
In 5 minutes on foot you reach the chapel of the Carmelites where you can quickly admire beautiful paintings and wood paneling (open at 10: 00/12: 30-14: 00/18: 00, closed on Mondays, admission is free).

2 - Second Stage: Victor Hugo Market, Place du Capitole, Church of the Jacobins

If you feel a bit languid in the middle of the morning, enter the beautiful Victor Hugo covered market snack on the exquisite cheeses and take advantage of them for some gastronomic shopping.
After this tasty stop (not too long because there isn't much time), reach the nearby one Capitol Square, the immense square lined with retro-style buildings, restaurants and cafes.
From here, walking towards the historic center in Rue Jean Suau and taking Rue Lakanal you will arrive at the church of the Jacobins, the ancient convent of the Dominican friars built between the 4,00th and 10th centuries (admission is free, € 00 for the cloister, chapel and refectory; opens at 18: 00-: , closed on Mondays).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 20 min
  • Places visited: Saint Sernin basilica (€ 2,50 for the crypt), Chapelle des Carmelites (free), Marchè Victor Hugo (free), Place du Capitole (free), Jacobins church (€ 4,00 per cloister)
  • Toulouse: 2,5-hour private guided tour Tourist pass to visit the city of Toulouse
  • Where to have breakfast: Cafè Bar Saint Sernin (Get directions)

One day itinerary in Toulouse: Afternoon

1 - First stage: Notre Dame de la Daurade Basilica, Hotel d'Assezat

Stop for a lunch fast at the Pecheurs de Sable restaurant very close to the river in a very nice setting (€ 18,00-25,00).
Continue the day with a visit to the adjacent facade Notre Dame de la Daurade basilica, the most important church where various events take place (open only during celebrations) and then in reach theHotel d'Assezat.
This building is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in France built by superimposing three architectural orders. Today here is the Bemerg Foundation museum with works by Cranach, Modigliani and Picasso (open every day at 10: 00-12: 30/13: 30-20: 00, closed on Mondays; admission € 8,00), the visit takes at least 1 hour and 30.

2 - Second stage: New Bridge, Saint Cypryen district, Hotel Dieu Saint Jacques

Passing through Rue de Metz you arrive at New Bridge, one of the most evocative places in the city where in the evening the street lamps are turned on which give a soft pink light and illuminate the city for this called "Ville Rose".
Crossing the whole bridge you will arrive in characteristic Saint Cypryen district where is theDieu Saint Jacques hotels, the old hospital of Toulouse and Chateau d'Eau, the ancient water tower where today there is a beautiful photography museum (open from Tuesday to Sunday at 13: 00-19: 00; free admission)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,1 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Notre Dame de la Daurade basilica (free), Bemerg Foundation museum (€ 8,00), New Bridge (free), Saint Cypryen district (free), Hotel Dieu Saint Jaques (free)
  • Toulouse: 2,5-hour private guided tour Tourist pass to visit the city of Toulouse
  • Where to have lunch: Pecheurs de Sable (Get Directions)

One day itinerary in Toulouse: Evening

1 - First Stage: Dinner

Stay in the Saynt Cypryen District for price and go to the Pepite restaurant, very close to the banks of the Garonne, where you can taste different dishes of regional cuisine (€ 30,00 - € 38,00).

2 - Last stage: premises in Piazza Saint Pierre

If you are not tired and you want to spend the evening in some place having a drink, we suggest you do after dinner a walk to Saint Pierre square.
Passing through the suggestive Saint Pierre bridge, you will arrive in the lively square of young people and university students, full of clubs and bars.
We suggest Chez Tonton or La Couleur de la coulotte to sip excellent drinks.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 550 m / 8 min
  • Places visited: Saint Pierre bridge (free), Saint Pierre square (free)
  • Where to dine: Restaurant Pepite (Get Directions), Chez Tonton (Get Directions), La Couleur de la coulotte (Get Directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Pack a rain jacket and an umbrella because sudden showers can happen in any season.
  • Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes-
  • Buy the City Card which allows you to use all public transport, free or discounted access to museums and customized solutions (from € 18,00).
  • Start your sightseeing early in the morning so that you can see several attractions and enjoy the day to the fullest.
  • If you decide to extend your stay, book a hotel in the historic center where most of the attractions are located. Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Unfortunately one day is not enough to see and do everything. If you are only in Toulouse for 24 hours, we do not recommend the following attractions:

  1. La Citè de l'Espace, a beautiful theme park on space and the universe but 5 km away from the center and requires at least half a day to be visited.
  2. A trip on the Garonne river because it takes at least 2 hours.
  3. The visit to the Augustinian museum as the visit takes time.
  4. The visit to the Japanese Garden is also due to lack of time.

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