NEW IN 2016



NEW IN 2016
 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 Immediate boarding for Toulouse, the Ville Rose!
There are so many reasons to enjoy an escapade in this
city of southern France, with Spanish accents and Italian
façades: new connections by air, road or rail; sporting
festive and cultural highlights; new features for
tourists… You can also share the secret of more
attractive hotel rates for any break in Toulouse at
weekends or during the French school holidays!
Did you know? Since 2016, Toulouse is now the capital of the new
greater region of South-West France that has regrouped the
Languedoc-Roussillon/Midi-Pyrénées areas.
New connections for Toulouse in 2016
EVENT 2016 : Toulouse is a host city for the UEFA EURO 2016
Changes to the So Toulouse 2016 Tourism Pass
Major festive and cultural rendezvous for 2016
Major exhibitions in 2016
New spaces & touristic sites
Visit differently
New entertainments & offers for discoveries and having fun
New themed visits from the Tourist Office
Guided visits dedicated especially for Dutch visitors: Ontdeck Toulouse
Accommodation news
Restaurant news
Cookery courses
New and quirky boutiques
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1 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 1. New connections for Toulouse in 2016:
New connections by air:
-­‐ with Air Transat : opening a 3rd daily flight from Montreal
-­‐ with Volotea: Brest and Strasbourg (France), Malaga (Spain),
Split (Croatia), Prague (Czech Republic)
-­‐ with ASL Airlines - Europe Airpost: Vienna – new for 2016:
extended duration of seasonal flights from April to
-­‐ with TwinJet : Zurich (Switzerland)
-­‐ with Easyjet : six new destinations for 2016, added to the 19 airports already
served: Faro (Portugal, flights start 17th April), Berlin (Germany, from 10th
May), Milan-Malpensa (Italy, from 10th June), Dubrovnik (Croatia, 1st
July/seasonal flights), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy, from 2nd July/seasonal flights),
Mahon (Balearic Islands, Spain, from 6th July/seasonal flights).
-­‐ With Ryanair – totally new for 2016 from November 1st : London, Berlin,
Madrid, Brussels, Malta, Fez and Warsaw.
Did you know?
- Rendezvous at the new Tisséo/Tourist Office welcome point just outside
Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Once you step off your flight, a travel adviser is at your
service to book accommodation or to present one of the many products for visitors
that are available in Toulouse. You can even purchase a So Toulouse Tourism Pass
(24H, 48H, 72H) and so benefit from numerous advantages throughout your break.
- New Shop & Collect service provided by the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport : buy
now / collect on your return:
- Air France provides new services for travellers on the Paris-Toulouse route
within the framework of its « Lab’line for the future » project. The airline is
testing innovations developed by start-ups on the shuttle service between the Ville
Rose and Orly.
Connections by road with new coach services for tourists:
-­‐ Ouibus ( Barcelona and Girona in Spain, then Bordeaux,
Brive-la-Gaillarde, Limoges, Marseille, Montpellier and Paris in France.
-­‐ Starshipper ( Toulouse – Côte Basque (France – Spain)
route with numerous stops: Toulouse, Tarbes, Pau, Bayonne, Biarritz, SaintJean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Irun, San Sebastian.
-­‐ Isilines ( more than 30 French cities linked to Toulouse
-­‐ Flixbus ( Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes, Cholet, Bressuire,
Poitiers, Orleans, Paris, Limoges, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon,
Béziers, Montpellier, Nîmes, Marseille, Hyères, Toulon.
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2 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 2. EVENT 2016: Toulouse is a host city for the UEFA EURO 2016:
Football lovers and fans can come and celebrate in Toulouse, one of France’s 10
host cities, which has been chosen as a venue for four matches of the Euro 2016
in June, with 4 quality encounters available: 3 group stage matches (the 13th, 17th
and 20th June 2016) and 1 quarter final match (26th June 2016). Did you know?
Fabien Barthez is the Toulouse ambassador for this event.
Rendezvous at the recently renovated Stadium, at the
Fan Zone or in one of the countless bars:
- Monday 13th June at 15h00 : Spain (reigning and double
European champions) will play Czech Republic (group D)
- Friday 17th June 2016 at 15h00 : Sweden (featuring the
famous Zlatan Ibrahimović) will face Italy (group E)
- Monday 20th June at 21h00 : Russia will play Wales
(group B)
- Sunday 26th June at 21h00: a quarter final match will
be played between the winner of group F and the second
placed side from group E.
Numerous entertainments and new offers for tourists will
be in place, both for football enthusiasts and for families, ensuring that every
break in Toulouse is a success.
One indispensable tool that you need to use in order to enjoy the very best of
the EUROS in Toulouse is the Supporters Guide. It includes:
- Maps to help you get around and to find your way to the Stadium.
- The complete calendar of events and entertainments.
- The guide is available in English and Spanish.
Available to download from the site from April.
Focus on Toulouse Stadium
Situated in the heart of the city on the Ile du Ramier, the Stadium has been
entirely renovated for the EUROS and now seats 33,000 spectators. Signposted
routes (20 minutes from the Place du Capitole), metro and tramway stops, as well
as shuttle boat services along the River Garonne ensure everyone can easily reach
the venue.
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3 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 3.
Changes to the So Toulouse 2016 Tourism Pass
From may 2016 you can choose between 2 new versions of
the So Toulouse Tourism Pass (still available in 24H/48H/72H
formats), to discover Toulouse according to your tastes and
«So Toulouse Premium Tourism Pass», an all-inclusive version: public
transport included (bus, metro, tramway and airport shuttle), free entry or
reduced rates at monuments and tourist sites, shopping, services, festivals…
- « So Toulouse Tourism Pass » for a smaller price and focusing on the essential
tourist elements (museums, guided visits, public transport… not including
seasonal services like river cruises, tourist trains, etc.).
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4. Major festive and cultural rendezvous for 2016
In February, switch into romantic mode: come and celebrate the floral emblem
of Toulouse that only flowers in winter (from November to late March):
- 1st weekend in February: during the Violet Days in Toulouse.
- Throughout Violet Month, take advantage also of a number of entertainments
provided by the Maison de la Violette.
Did you know? New for early 2016: the Maison de la Violette barge is opening an
annexe in a beautiful Toulouse house in the historic quarter of the Violet
growers. As a result, to help visitors bring themselves up to date, we will
subsequently be referring to the Maison de la Violette Côté Canal (on the barge on
the Canal du Midi, opposite the station) and the Maison de la Violette Côté
In spring, we get cultured:
- 2 festivals of comedy:
o New: The Fous Rires de Toulouse (in collaboration with Les Chevaliers du
Fiel / 6th - 14th March) :
o Printemps du Rire (21st edition / 29th March – 9th April) :
- Cinélatino Festival (11th – 20th March) :
- Toulouse Flamenco Festival (15th edition / late March – early April) :
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Toulouse Carnival (5th edition on the theme of football / 2nd – 9th April) :
Made in Asia Festival (9th edition and exploring Asian cultures with top artists
and specialists – theme for 2016: South Korea / 1st – 16th April) :
Marathon des Mots Festival in April (showcasing writers, essayists and poets
through readings, forums and meetings / theme : Irish Spirit / 6th – 9th April) :
European Museum Night (national event, exceptional museum openings and
numerous entertainments / 21st May) :
Summer in Toulouse is an explosion of festivals:
- MAP Festival (multiple photography exhibitions on the streets and in the
monuments / 1st – 30th June) :
- Rio Loco Festival (the most popular
festival of world music in Toulouse.
Theme for 2016: The Celtic World
based on the following geographical
areas: Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man,
Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, Asturias and
Brittany / 14th – 19th June) :
- Fête de la Musique (major popular
national festival, with music and bands
throughout the streets! (21st June)
- The Siestes Electroniques Festival (concerts of electronic music in the open
air, mostly free / winner of the Best Free Festival 2015 at the European Festivals
Awards / 23rd – 26th June) :
- Marathon des mots Festival (showcasing writers, essayists and poets through
readings, forums and meetings / theme : Africa Nova / 23rd – 26th June) :
- Tangopostale Festival (convivial celebration of the history of tango – as Carlos
Gardel was born in Toulouse – and of Aéropostale – as the pioneers of this
beautiful adventure set off from Toulouse / 1st – 10th July) :
- Toulouse Plages (free entertainments all along the River Garonne / JulyAugust) :
- Toulouse d’été Festival (an event that covers a variety of musical genres / midJuly to mid-August) :
- Cinema in the Open Air (with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse / July-August) :
- 14th July (French national holiday / entertainments, concerts, fireworks / 13th –
14th July) :
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- The Jacobins Piano Festival (37th edition in Toulouse from 1st to 30th
September/ the festival will go to Asia for the first time in 11 years in May/June,
for the 1st time in Russia in 2015) :
- Cartoon Forum Festival (13th – 16th September) :
- Toulouse à Table within the backdrop of the Fête de la Gastronomie (23rd – 25th
- Cinespaña Festival (30th September – 9th October) :
- Toulouse les Orgues Festival (20th edition / 6th
– 16th
October) :
- WOPS! Festival (= Walk On the Pink Side! / Contemporary art / 2nd edition to be
confirmed in October :
- And news for sport lovers:
o Festoval (festivities based on Rugby – 5th edition / September) :
o Toulouse Métropole Marathon (10th edition / FFA International label / 23rd
October) :
- 1st biennale of the Le Printemps de Septembre international contemporary
art festival in Toulouse (23rd Sept - ? Oct) :
- 2nd edition of the Aerial Meeting (and event that alternates every other year
with the Stars and Wings Festival / 24th – 25th September) :
- 2nd edition of the Les Arts en Balade biennale in Toulouse (30th Sept, 1st and
2nd October) : et
To finish the year in style, the magic of the end of year celebrations last for a
whole month in Toulouse! From the end of November to the end of December,
romance and imagination are on the cards. Enjoy the Noël Enchanté
entertainments (video projections, themed immersive exhibition, shows and
parades, forest of wishes), stroll in the squares and the narrow streets that are
transformed by the illuminations, and go wild for the many gift ideas at the
Christmas markets (traditional, designer’s or even social & solidary) dotted across
the city.
Throughout the whole of 2016 it is also possible to celebrate
20 years of the UNESCO classification of the Canal du Midi
that crosses Toulouse: what would you say to relaxing on a
boat trip or bike ride?
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6 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 5. Major exhibitions in 2016 New temporary exhibition at the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse (a site that is
unique in Europe) from February to 31st August 2016:
« Space, what a story! The dream, the exploits »
Since the dawn of time, mankind has always dreamed of
flying, of venturing into space, of visiting other planets.
From antiquity, he has imagined and invented countless
ways to fulfil these celestial dreams, without success up
until the initial exploits that finally marked the beginning
of the great space adventure... Impossible dreams,
improbable machines… Discover the craziest ideas that fed
the imaginations of our ancestors. Interiors from the
period, anecdotes, the mood of society and vintage
technological objects… Travel 50 year back in time to
experience the genuine thrill of the first great space missions. With its new
temporary exhibition entitled « Space, what a story! », the Cité de l’Espace lets
you participate in mankind’s greatest ever adventure.
« Sacred Science » : a 1st major exhibition will be
held from February to August 2016 to
« inaugurate » the brand new site of the Quai des
Savoirs (located in the Science Quarter between the
Université Fédérale and the Muséum), which aims to
promote and share scientific, technical and
industrial culture.
The Earth is round, of course. But is Space curved?
What about Time, does it truly exist? Who should you believe? How can you find a
way through the barrage of contradictory scientific information that bombards us?
This temporary exhibition cuts a surprising path through the world of science.
Visitors, plunged into strange or familiar universes, are invited to step into the
shoes of a scientist in order to experiment and explore the confines of their
consciousness for themselves.
New temporary « Stage Costumes» exhibition at the Espace EDF Bazacle from
5th February to 15th May 2016:
Toulouse’s cultural hotspots, the Espace EDF Bazacle and the National
Theatre and Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse, will reveal a joint
exhibition starting on 5th February and entitled « Stage Costumes » that will
be a major premiere for the Ville Rose, allowing the National Theatre and
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7 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse to show off their treasures in the great hall
of the Espace EDF Bazacle and to highlight their savoir-faire.
With scenography in three parts based on the Orchestra, the Opera and the
Ballet, the exhibition will allow visitors to discover
the history of the venue and its savoir-faire through
the various crafts of stage and backstage. Shows here
are a real human adventure where nearly 250 people
are involved in putting on a production: artists,
artisans and technicians. « Theatre box », « dance
studio», « stage »: three entertaining spaces
punctuate your visit and let you find time for a selfie
within the walls of the Théâtre du Capitole!
« Les Savanturiers », a temporary exhibition labelled Of National Interest (by
the Ministry of Culture and Communication) at the Toulouse Natural History
Museum: 15th October 2015 – August 2016.
The Muséum celebrates the 150th anniversary (1865–2015)
of discoveries and of explorers with « Les Savanturiers »,
which presents the personalities who were responsible for
supplying the Muséum’s exhibits. Navigators on unexplored
oceans, explorers in unknown lands, enlightened
collectors... these people have assembled unique collections
of objects, discovered on the other side of the world or
found in the surrounding areas, and which have formed the
basis of the Muséum. The second largest in France after the
Paris Natural History Museum, the Museum of Toulouse
brings together nearly 2.5 million objects curated over the
years by some of the leading scientific minds of centuries
past... or simply by well-informed anonymous enthusiasts.
+ Still at the Muséum: from October 2016, the new temporary exhibition "Dogs
and Cats" will rely on the latest discoveries made by animal behaviour experts and
will recap all the current scientific, sociological and cultural thinking on our fourlegged friends so we can be less beastly ourselves!
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8 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 After the exhibition « Picasso, Mythological Horizon » (18th September 2015 /
2016, the contemporary and modern art space Les Abattoirs presents its
new temporary exhibition: « Antoni Tàpies : Parla, parla » from 12th February
to 22nd May 2016
The most important monography devoted to this artist in France since his
disappearance in 2012, in conjunction with the Tàpies Foundation, this exhibition
covers the work of one of the principal European artists of the second half of the
XX Century. From the surrealist drawings from the 1940’s to the great murals and
assemblages of the late 1990’s, around fifty pieces will be displayed
chronologically, as well as thematically.
Extended until 2018: Jorge Pardo at the
Augustins Museum-
The Toulouse International Art Festival (FIAT)
and the Les Augustins fine-art museum
commissioned the artist Jorge Pardo to
undertake a work that sits at the crossroads of
architecture, art and design. This project has
totally metamorphosed the museums hall of
columns, which is home to the vestiges of
capitals and to bas-reliefs from the XI and XII
Centuries drawn from the three most important religious buildings in Toulouse: the
basilicas of La Daurade and Saint-Sernin, and Saint-Étienne Cathedral. It is an
astonishing encounter that blends the exuberance of a talented international
contemporary artist and the power of the art of Roman sculptors.
Details of the cultural offer of Toulouse are available via:
-­‐ the So Toulouse – Tourist Office on-line events calendar :
-­‐ the special cultural edition of the magazine "A Toulouse" that covers the main
festive and cultural highlights, the major exhibitions (from September 2015 to
June 2016) – and can be consulted on-line or downloaded
6. New spaces & touristic sites
-­‐ The Quai des Savoirs: located in the Science Quarter between
the Université Fédérale and the Muséum, it aims to promote and
share scientific, technical and industrial culture.
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9 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 -­‐ The Chapel of the Virgin at the Jacobins Convent: Nestling beside the historic
sacristy that has been recently restored, the chapel devoted to the Virgin is now
accessible to the public for the very first time. This is the sacristy’s chapel
(transformed into a reception area), but it also served as a safe room where the
convent’s precious items were kept. Here you can discover the liturgical
ornaments used during processions and major feasts. In addition, two precious
reliquaries have been installed in the church. They complete the collection of
relics of Saint Thomas Aquinus.
-­‐ A small museum for the Stade Toulousain rugby team on the 1st floor of the
café Le Dauphin (right in the city centre) was inaugurated at the end of January
2016 in partnership with the Society for Former Members of Stade Toulousain
(founded in 1959, 350 members, presided over by Thierry Maset, ex 3rd row): it is
a place of memories and exchanges based on rugby, but also a convivial spot for
Stade old-boys. This small museum displays a multitude of emblematic objects:
a replica of the Bouclier de Brennus (the prize awarded to the rugby champions
of France), posters, press cuttings taken mostly from «La Dépêche du Midi» and
«l'Equipe», flags, signs and billboards recalling the history of the Stade
-­‐ Ekito inaugurated Grand Builder in 2015: Toulouse’s new private start-up
accelerator that provides young start-ups with a venue where they can receive
the appropriate support, right in the city centre, and designed to promote
innovation, creativity, experimentation and co-working. A symbol of the
dynamism of French Tech Toulouse, their philosophy is written on the walls:
« Play, Empathy, Learn to learn ».
-­‐ Espace Cobalt / 50cinq: this industrial space has now transformed into a new
cultural venue for Toulouse. The Espace Cobalt is an 810m² modular venue that
can hold up to 700 people, dedicated to the art of events, based at the site of
the 50cinq in Toulouse. The 50Cinq is an unusual venue (2700m²) that has spring
out of an industrial wasteland and was dedicated to aviation until 2014
(buildings used until 1970 by the Latécoère company, then by Bréguet Aviation
for the construction of the Aéronefs, and then up until 2000 by the company
EMRI). It includes, apart from the Espace Cobalt, an Artist’s Residence that
brings together performers that focus on street-art and urban cultures. and
-­‐ Meeting Lab: conceived as a living space, Meeting Lab is a professional space
devoted to exchanges and thinking, ideal for meetings and conferences. A
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10 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 unique venue dreamed up for: working, exchanging, recharging the batteries,
-­‐ Imaginations Fertiles (If): this is a shared space, with a collaborative dynamic
and a diversity of skills that creates innovation in order to allow companies and
entrepreneurs to work and create together in a different way. The Imaginations
Fertiles host regular rendezvous and workshops for the public :
Did you know?
- Artilect Fab Lab Toulouse… The FabLab Toulouse was created in 2009 by the
Artilect association. This is the first FabLab to be created in France and the first to
adopt the FabLab MIT label in 2010. It provides a link to the international FabLab
network. A Fab Lab is a LABoratory for FABrication where everyone, whatever their
level of knowledge, can come and experiment, learn and make all manner of
objects for themselves (technical prototypes, furniture, artistic or design objects,
interactive objects, etc.…). In order to do this, every member can come and make
use of the different machines at Fab Lab, learn from other members or take part in
different collective projects.
- La Cantine in Toulouse… A catalyst for ideas since 2011, La Cantine is first and
foremost a venue for exchanges, meetings and experimentation that is open to all
those who are curious or passionate about the digital world. The plurality of
profiles and backgrounds of its visitors make La Cantine a space of intense
intermingling. From those who spend an entire day working there to those who
choose to take a training course for just a few hours, everyone comes together in
the same spirit that is both serious and convivial. Just enjoying a quick coffee on
the run here provides an opportunity to come face to face with new digital trends
on a daily basis.
7. Visit differently
-­‐ Book of Family Walks: the Tourist Office of Toulouse is providing a book to
help young and old alike explore the Ville Rose. Flicking through the pages
and perusing the two suggested circuits, you will explore
the city, its history, its most prestigious sites, its most
emotional districts, its personalities and its atmosphere
too... But you will also be able to personalise your visit,
because this book is yours: it has pictures for you to
complete with decors that you can reconstitute,
architectural details, scenes of daily life, conversations...
Your whole family can also use it to jot down personal
impressions and highlights, completing the book with the
evidence of your break. It lets you indulge in the pleasures
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11 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 of sketching, of observation and of perusing the city, and we hope that you will
explore the Ville Rose in a different way. This delightful book of walks will also
become a precious and personal souvenir of your stay in Toulouse.
On sale for 2 euros for the Tourist Office of Toulouse at the Donjon du Capitole.
-­‐ « Gourmet tour » with the Vins Vignes et Voyages agency, just like a real
Toulousain! Accompanied by Florence, Lola or
Ludivine, you will head for the Victor Hugo
market to discover the very best specialities of
the South-West and select the products that will
be the ingredients for your meal. You will then
go to a wine cellar to select wine pairings for
the ingredients you have selected together and
you will also choose a desert to share in the
best patisserie in town. You will enjoy your meal
in a typical Toulouse apartment, accompanied by a delicious salad. Please note:
Florence, a wine expert, will take the time to offer you an initiation into wine
tasting. Duration: from 9h to 14h30. From 45 euros.
-­‐ A new guide to explore the « Quartier Bouquières » of Toulouse
differently, this area is less well-known by tourists and so has an
undeniable charm. The guide was developed by local traders in
Map-guide sent by email or available in person on demand.
8. New entertainments & offers for discoveries and having fun
- Granhota for sporting, outdoor and urban leisure activities in Toulouse or on the
outskirts of Toulouse (canoeing, kayaking, climbing, orienteering, trails, treasure
hunts and rallies in town…):
- Sightjogging Toulouse to explore Toulouse whilst jogging:
- Geeks and guide, enjoying guided visits (in the company of
a tour guide) in period costume and experiencing a role play
game whilst exploring the heritage of Toulouse:
- Canoë Kayak Toulousain every summer offers canoe trips for visitors in the heart
of Toulouse :
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12 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 - With the Ski Club de la Péniche, people of all ages can enjoy water sport
activities in the centre of Toulouse : baby ski, tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding:
- Solve the puzzles set by the adventure game companies: Enigma Escape
(, Adventure Rooms (,
Toulousescape (, La Cellule (
- Set out to unearth the 91 urban geocaches that are currently active with
Geocatching in Toulouse (= geocaching is a leisure activity that involves using
satellite geolocation technology (GPS) to find or to hide a container (called a «
cache » or « geocache ») in a variety of spots right across the world. A typical
geocache is a small weatherproof container that contains a log book and one or
more « treasures », usually knick-knacks of little monetary value):
- Indoor football (5-a-side – Urban Soccer), giant trampolines (Trampoline Park),
playground for children aged 0-12 years (1500m² - C l’Aventure): since December
2015, Toulouse boasts a mega complex for leisure at Sept-Deniers, not far from
Stade Toulousain.
9. New themed visits from the Tourist Office of Toulouse Métropole
The Tourist Office of Toulouse Métropole offers more than 70
themed guided visits that vary with the seasons and in relation to
current events. A different programme can be explored every 4
months, which can be viewed or downloaded at:
Please note: It is possible to book for certain visits via the Tourist
Office reservations department.
On the programme for January to late April 2016, some highlights include:
New in the run up to EURO 2016
A comprehensive view of the Stadium - 1 hour
In partnership with the Toulouse Métropole Sports Department - Euro 2016
To mark the occasion of the forthcoming European football championships, the
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13 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 Stadium has changed. You can explore this new venue during a unique visit. With
trainers on your feet, with our without your team’s jersey, let yourself be guided
around this site as you enter the stands, the boxes, the changing rooms and reach
the edge of the pitch itself... Are you ready for 60 minutes of emotions?
Single rate: €5.
Saturday 13th February at 14 h / Wednesday 24th February at 10 h
Saturday 5th March at 14 h / Wednesday 23rd March at 10 h
Saturday 16th April at 14 h / Wednesday 27th April at 10 h
« Digital » visits
LiveTweet in the Marengo Quarter, the sloping city - 2 hours
Enjoy a private visit where you can (re)discover the Marengo Quarter. Set out from
Matabiau station in the direction of the heights of Toulouse, and a district that has
the charm of a village. Along the journey you will discover the Column, a souvenir
of the Battle of Toulouse (10th April 1814), the old observatory and its gardens
dotted with cupolas, the Maison Giscard with astonishing terracotta decor… Enjoy
the experience of a guided visit, take pictures, comment and share on Twitter at
the hashtag #LTMarengo!
Free, only with subscription via Twitter at @visiteztoulouse.
Saturday 9th April at 15 h
Modern and contemporary architecture in Toulouse
Architectural walks – 2 hours
The Tourist Office, the Maison de l'Architecture Midi-Pyrénées and Toulouse
Métropole combine their savoir-faire to offer an original way to explore the city. By
going from department stores to markets, from museums to homes, all of which
were created or transformed by renowned architects, you can familiarise yourself
with the major architectural trends from 1945 to present day.
Normal rate: €9. Reduced rate: €7.
Wednesday 30th March at 14h30.
> Please note: a map-guide relating to this architectural visit can be downloaded
for free at:
800 years of the Dominicans
In the footsteps of Saint Dominic – 2 hours
Walk in the footsteps of the Dominicans in Toulouse, the city
that gave birth to this religious order. After a visit to the
ancient Saint-Romain priory, occupied by the very first Dominican community, you
will delve into the house of the Order of Friar Preachers (the Jacobins Convent)
and then on to Maison Seilhan where Dominic de Guzman resided.
Normal rate: €11. Reduced rate: €9.
Thursday 10th March at 14h30.
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Tourist Office from late March 2016:
-­‐ « Toulouse y sus monumentos » - 2 hours: 25/26/27 March 2016 and every
Saturday up until the 1st weekend in December 2016, at 16h15.
-­‐ « Great monuments of Toulouse » - 2 hours: every Saturday from 26th March
2016 until mid-November 2016, at 14h00.
10. Guided visits dedicated especially for Dutch visitors: Ontdeck Toulouse
All year round, Lisette van Gelder lets you discover Toulouse in Dutch, during a
private visit with commentary (€75 for 1-6 pers) or in a group with other visitors
(€12.50 / pers):
11. Accommodation news
-­‐ La Cour des Consuls 5* (MGallery), Charming hotel (with some areas that are
listed as Historic Monuments), Spa (an area created by Toulouse brand Graine
de Pastel) and gastronomic restaurant Le Cénacle (Chef : Tomas Vonderscher)
opened in September 2015:
-­‐ Apartment/hotel Odalys Colombélie (city centre) :
-­‐ Hotel residence Nemea Toulouse Concorde (equipped with a beautiful spa and
modern fitness room – in close proximity to the train station and the Canal du
-­‐ The Quality Hotel Toulouse Sud opened in November 2015 (its original
features: its architecture and its large circular atrium, for which it is nicknamed
« the round hotel » / close to the Oncopole) :
-­‐ Early 2016 : work to renovate the Mercure Saint-Georges, due to be finished
by June:
12. Restaurant news
2 Toulouse restaurants have won their 1st Michelin star in 2016 :
-­‐ Le Py-R with the chef Pierre Lambinon :
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15 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 -­‐ La Table de Merville with the chef Thierry Merville :
New :
-­‐ Le Cénacle, gastronomic restaurant (based at the new hotel La Cour des
Consuls) :
-­‐ Sandyan, Street cuisine by Yannick Delpech :
-­‐ Fatcat, cocktail bar :
-­‐ Chez Marcel, brasserie – tea room :
-­‐ La Côte et l’arête (restaurant) :
-­‐ Extension of the restaurant Les Ptits fayots :
-­‐ La Table du vigneron (restaurant – wine cellar) :
-­‐ New chef Jean-Christelle Lassalle takes command of the restaurant Black
Angus at the Holiday Inn Airport Toulouse :
-­‐ Renovation at the restaurant Les 4 petits cochons :
-­‐ Le Détaillant, fine delicatessen- restaurant :
-­‐ Café Chouchou, restaurant (cocktails and grilled meats / please note = same
management as La Guinguette, the ephemeral floating summer restaurant on
the Garonne) :
-­‐ La Binocle, restaurant – wine bar and wine cellar serving food:
-­‐ In Vita Fresh Food, vegetarian and vegan restaurant:
-­‐ L’Alimentation (wine cellar serving food, food store, table d’hôtes, cookery
courses) :
-­‐ Chez Navarre - Au Bon Peuple (ex Chez Pham / new owners) :
-­‐ Le Vintage, family style canteen mixing European and American cultures:
-­‐ Le Peyrolières, restaurant that has updated its concept and decor:
-­‐ Perlette, at 2 sites / new restaurant – tea room – patisserie, cookery courses –
boutique :
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16 Press pack : NEW IN 2016 13. Cookery courses
-­‐ Cooking4you :
o As well as « traditional » cookery courses, Stéphane Réau offers you a
cookery course at 10,000 feet! (30 min. initiation flight above Toulouse
followed by a cookery course! / all year round / max 3 persons / Rate : 130
euros per person)
-­‐ Private cookery courses (1 person only) with Chef Franck Renimel at the
Michelin star restaurant « En marge » (6h of teaching, exchanges and tastings
for 250 euros) :
-­‐ Le Gentina patisserie boutique-laboratory (open since 12th November 2015) :
20 rue Maury – 31000 Toulouse / Tel : 09 73 58 64 90 /
-­‐ For a variety of cookery workshops (Team Cooking, Team Building, classic
courses or master classes), L’Alimentation offers groups their choice of chef
from a selection of 10 talented and renowned Toulousain chefs! (Nicolas
Brousse, Jérémy Morin, Simon Carlier, Pierre Lambinon, Tomas Vonderscher,
Maxime Delbosc, Nicolas Servant, Sébastien Ochoa, Théo Mandement,
Christophe Marque) :
-­‐ Moi Chef, a service created by a Toulouse local so that guests can learn to cook
the dishes of the great French chefs at home:
14. New and quirky boutiques
New shop from the brand TLSE (items in the colours of Toulouse and a philosophy
that they promote loud and clear: be proud of the Ville Rose and its culture): 21,
rue Romiguières – 31000 Toulouse (open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h30 to
Other brands are also Made in Toulouse and pay homage to the city. Do you
know them? Here are some examples: ;
A concept store that is unique in France by the Toulouse hairdresser-barber Hervé
Boibessot (who worked for the Tour de France 2015) opened on 1st December 2015 :
« Tonsor et Cie, Gentlemen’s social club » (barbers and lifestyle boutique where
artists are welcome) : 31 rue Bouquières – 31000 Toulouse / Tel : 05 61 55 02 31 /
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Square du général Charles de Gaulle - BP 38001
31080 Toulouse Cedex 6 – France
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