As promised, we’ll tell you about couple of destinations that are easily reached from Toulouse by train or by BlaBlaCar (God bless it!). Just a quick reminder that the full article about Toulouse can be found here as well as the post about our favorite places in the South-West of France.
Toulouse-Carcassonne: 95 km
The biggest fortress of Europe, Carcassonne is more than simply impressive. It’s enormous! Situated in the city called… Carcassonne, it takes an hour to get there by car from Toulouse. Avoid the tourist season though, because you will find it difficult to move inside the fortress.
Check out: One day in the castle of Carcassonne
Toulouse-Albi: 76 km
Albi is famous for two things: The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia (also known as Albi Cathedral) and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Of course, you know who he is! Painter of the worldwide known poster from the Belle Époque : Moulin-Rouge – la Goulue. But apart from the stunning cathedral and fascinating museum, Albi is simply pleasant town to walk and to enjoy typical French architecture of the area.
Toulouse-Cordes-sur-Ciel: 85 km
Cordes-sur-Ciel means Cordes on the sky. The town is built on a high hill which by the morning is surrounded by clouds, creating an illusion that the town is floating in the sky. Isn’t that romantic? Anyway, Cordes-sur-Ciel is listed among the most beautiful villages of France, and totally deserves it. I could almost bet that it was the place where the “Beauty and the Beast” was filmed (it wasn’t). But you still have to climb the opposite hill in the morning to make the famous picture.
Canal du Midi
And the easiest and the most pleasant option – take a bike and cycle along the Canal du Midi/Garonne. A gorgeous one day walk or a full week to make the whole way to Bordeaux.
Check out: How to cycle on the Canal de Garonne
Toulouse-Montauban: 54 km
If you didn’t have enough of Toulouse, why not visiting Montauban? Even though be ready, that it looks incredibly like Toulouse, just less crowded.