Must-see attractions in Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

  • TOULOUSE, FRANCE - JULY, 2018: The planetarium  in the City of Space 'Cite de l'espace', decorated as planet Earth; Shutterstock ID 1154206081; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Cité de l’Espace


    The fantastic space museum on the city's eastern outskirts brings Toulouse's illustrious aeronautical history to life through hands-on exhibits, including…

  • Church of the Jacobins aerial panoramic view, a Roman Catholic church located in Toulouse city, France
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    Couvent des Jacobins


    With its palm tree vaulted ceiling, the Couvent des Jacobins is one of Toulouse’s oldest and most recognizable buildings

  • Toulouse Lautrec Museum exterior in Albi, France on 12 June 2015; Shutterstock ID 1319357564; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Musée Toulouse-Lautrec


    Lodged inside the Palais de la Berbie (built in the early Middle Ages for the town's archbishop), this wonderful museum offers an overview of Albi's most…

  • View on Cathedral of Ste-Cecile in town of Albi in south France; Shutterstock ID 9695551; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Cathédrale Ste-Cécile


    Resembling a castle more than a cathedral, this formidable edifice in orange brick rises above Vieil Albi like an apparition. Its defensive walls hark…

  • Place du Capitole, Toulouse, France.

    Place du Capitole


    Toulouse’s grandiose main square is the focal point in the heart of France’s "Pink City"

  • Flea market located in an old palace in Lectoure, France.


    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    It's something of a surprise to come across a place of such historical wealth in such a remote part of the Gers département, well away from any major…

  • Musée et Jardin du Canal du Midi

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    Understand France’s mightiest man-made waterway, the Unesco World Heritage Canal du Midi, through illuminating exhibitions and short films at this museum…

  • Aeroscopia – Toulouse, France



    This aviation museum was built on the very spot the A380 Airbus was first completed. Here you can admire commercial and military aircraft and learn behind…

  • Saint Pierre Abbey in Moissac, France.

    Abbaye St-Pierre


    Rosy brick characteristic of the Toulouse area heightens the majesty of this abbey and its exceptional Romanesque cloister. Awarded Unesco World Heritage…

  • The Basilica of St. Sernin, built in Romanesque style between 1080 and 1120 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi Pyrenees, southern France.

    Basilique St-Sernin


    This well-preserved Romanesque edifice is built from golden and rose-hued stonework up to the tip of the octogonal bell tower. Entry is free, but it’s…

  • Place du Capitole, Toulouse, France.



    On the eastern side of place du Capitole (the main square) is the 128m-long façade of the Capitole, Toulouse's city hall. This neoclassical masterpiece,…

  • Hôtel d'Assézat, which houses the Fondation Bemberg.

    Fondation Bemberg


    This luxurious museum of fine arts and historic design is housed within Toulouse’s most impressive hôtel particulier (private mansion), the Hôtel d…

  • Interior of the gothic cathedral of Condom.

    Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    The foundations of this formidable cathedral date back to 1011, when the site hosted a Benedictine abbey. The cathedral was rebuilt in Flamboyant Gothic…

  • The canal of midi in Toulouse, France.

    Canal du Midi

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    The Canal du Midi is an engineering wonder, a 241km waterway constructed under Louis XIV to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Deservedly…

  • Villa Gallo-Romaine

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    About 15km west of Condom near the little town of Montréal du Gers lie the excavated remains of a 2nd- to 5th-century Gallo-Roman villa. Discovered in the…

  • Collégiale St-Pierre

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    A twin-towered medieval church and cloisters is the focal point of tiny La Romieu, 12km northeast of Condom. This lonely village outpost first sprang up…

  • Musee Saint Raymond

    Musée St-Raymond


    Having trouble imagining Toulouse decorated with 4th-century nude Venuses and Corinthian columns? This light-filled museum neatly aligns the city's modern…

  • Hôtel d'Assézat is among the finest hôtels particuliers in Toulouse.

    Hôtel d'Assézat


    Toulouse boasts more than 50 hôtels particuliers – private mansions built for the city's nobles and aristocrats during the 16th and 17th centuries. Among…

  • Musee Paul Dupuy museum, exterior and sculpture, Leg of a Horse by Daniel Coulet

    Musée Paul Dupuy


    Browse a treasure trove of religious art, pharmaceutical items and impressive clocks and watches, lovingly assembled by local collector Paul Dupuy and…

  • Cathédrale Ste-Marie

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    Even travellers weary of traipsing around yet another French church will be delighted by Auch’s Unesco World Heritage–listed cathedral, a flamboyant late…

  • Fourcès

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    Some 13km northwest of Condom, Fourcès (the 's' is pronounced) is a picturesque bastide (fortified town) on the River Auzoue. The village's well-preserved…

  • Escalier Monumental

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    These 374 stone steps flow luxuriantly from place Salinis, behind Auch’s cathedral, to bd Sadi Carnot by the Gers River, over a drop of 35m. Scenic…

  • Abbaye de Flaran


    This serene Cistercian abbey is one of the loveliest in the Gers département. Founded in 1151 and guarded by a 14th-century fortress door, it was…

  • Centre National et Musée Jean Jaurès


    If you’re wondering why almost every French town seems to have a ‘rue Jean Jaurès’, this museum has everything you need to know about the father of French…

  • Musée Ingres


    Montauban's main focus is this fine-arts museum, which centres on the work of the neoclassical painter (and accomplished violinist) Jean-Auguste-Dominique…

  • Musée Goya


    This excellent gallery on the 1st floor of Castres' Hôtel de Ville has a collection of mostly Spanish art, including work by Picasso, Rusiñol, Velázquez…

  • Maison des Vins


    This well-organised winegrowers' cooperative is a great place to get acquainted with Gaillac wines. It stocks about 100 local vintages. Friendly,…

  • Les Jardins de Coursiana

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    These landscaped gardens in La Romieu were laid out in 1974 by a local agricultural engineer. More than 700 trees and rare plants flourish in the four…

  • Château du Busca Maniban

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    This magnificent château, 10km south of Condom on the D229, has been distilling Armagnac since the mid-17th century. It's not the place for a guided…

  • Église Notre-Dame de la Dalbade


    This Catholic church is a worthy stop on a walking tour of Toulouse, thanks to its brightly coloured tympanum. The semi-circular recess above its entrance…

  • Musée de l'Armagnac

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    Located in a turn-of-the-century cellar, this museum is dedicated to the fine art of Armagnac production; it houses a modest collection of vintage bottles…

  • Cathédrale de St-Étienne


    The city cathedral dates mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries, and has a gorgeous rose window. It's also the burial place of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the…

  • Place Nationale


    In the historic upper town, all roads lead to this exquisite square, hemmed in on every side by magnificent double-vaulted arcades and tall pink buildings.

  • Maison du Vieil Alby


    Lodged in a timber-framed medieval building, this museum houses a small exhibition on the city's history and its connections with Toulouse-Lautrec.

  • Collégiale & Cloître Saint-Salvi


    This delicate church is worth a look for its lovely 13th-century cloister whose columns are decorated with Gothic and Romanesque flourishes.

  • Marché au Gras

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    Stock up on local produce like homemade jams, cheeses, liqueur-steeped pâté and bottles of Armagnac at this twice-weekly food market.

  • Église Notre Dame du Taur


    This striking 14th-century church commemorates the city's patron saint, St Sernin, who was reputedly martyred on this very spot.

  • Pont Vieux


    This 19th-century bridge across the River Tarn provides a fine perspective over Albi's pink-bricked cathedral.

  • Maison Natale de Pierre Fermat

    Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

    The life and works of 17th-century mathematician Pierre de Fermat spring to life through puzzles, games and panels (in French) at this small museum within…