Surroundings

Surroundings

Toulouse, la ville rose

Toulouse is the capital city of the southwestern French department of Haute-Garonne, as well as of the Occitanie region. It is the fourth-largest city in France.

Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus.

Stade Toulousain of the Top 14 is considered one of the most successful rugby union clubs in all of Europe, having been crowned the Heineken Cup champions four times.

A city with unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks, which earned it the nickname la Ville Rose (“the Pink City”), Toulouse counts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi (designated in 1996 and shared with other cities), and the Basilica of St. Sernin, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, designated in 1998 because of its significance to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.

The city’s gastronomic specialties include the Saucisse de Toulouse, a type of sausage, cassoulet Toulousain, a bean and pork stew, and garbure, a cabbage soup with poultry. Also, foie gras, the liver of an overfed duck or goose, is a delicacy mainly made in the Midi-Pyrénées.

 

Place du Capitole - Toulouse
Place du Capitole – Toulouse

The canal du midi

The canal du Midi is a canal that connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean and along with the 193 km long Canal de Garonne forms the Canal des Deux Mers joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

It is considered  to be one of the greatest construction works of the 17th century.

It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Canal du midi
Canal du midi

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department.

The city is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Consequently, Carcassonne greatly profits from tourism but also counts manufacture and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors.

Cité de Carcassonne
Cité de Carcassonne