Toulouse has a temperate climate, with temperatures varying as the seasons change. The hottest months are from June to August, when temperatures are usually in the 20s. This is a popular time to visit Toulouse, as the warmth kicks in and people take advantage of this by spending most of their holiday outdoors.
November through March are the coldest and rainiest months, with temperatures on average in the single digits, although March can see temperatures increase to around 14 degrees. Due to the weather, this time is less popular in terms of tourism and flights are cheaper. Therefore, if you’re looking to save money on your trip, this could be a good time to look. Although this may be the low season, the Christmas and New Year period can still see lots of people travelling to Toulouse. If you wish to join in the festive spirit, be sure to head to the famous Place du Capitole, where the Christmas market is held every December. Browse the many stalls, while sampling traditional grilled chestnuts and sipping on a warm mulled wine.
Whatever month you plan to fly to Toulouse, you’re sure to come across one of the many events and festivals which take place in the city. One such example is the Toulouse Summer Festival, which showcases a diverse programme from classical to rock and jazz to worldwide music. The event takes place in a variety of venues, from July to August.
Toulouse appeals to all five senses: between the colours and textures of bright flowers, the scent and taste of local fare, and the sounds of the French language, you’ll be overcome by a rush of influence. Its location between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and its role as the gateway to the Pyrenees mountain range is just another one of its outstanding features. The old capital of Languedoc, France’s fourth largest city, and the metropolis known as “La Ville en Rose” (City in Pink) keeps tourists flooding Toulouse time after time.
Aside from the many attractive tourist sites, Toulouse is also known for its proficiency in the aero-space industry. The Toulouse Space Centre is headquartered here, driving in companies such as the Airbus and Aerospatiale. Steeped in aviation history, Toulouse is both the landmark of the first regular airline taking off of French soil, and also the birthplace of Clement Adler, the ‘Father of Aviation’. Despite its progression in the sky, Toulouse somehow managed to miss the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, and has since been known as a sleepy, historical town balanced by universities and growth. Throughout the area are more than 300 different types of organs awaiting your arrival during the Annual Organ Festival.
Toulouse has an extensive public transport network of buses, tramways and metro. There is also an abundance of taxi companies available. If you would rather hire a car, bear in mind that downtown area tends to be very busy and parking could be tricky – it might be better to rent a bicycle and explore the city at ease.
The majority of travellers to Toulouse will arrive at Toulouse-Glagnac Airport (TLS), which is located just over 4 miles (6 km) northwest of the city.