You are going to travel in France and have only 2 days to visit Toulouse ? Don’t worry…
Toulouse in 2 days or spending a weekend in Toulouse is perfect !
You will have enought time to go around its historic heart, to enjoy the Garonne, its quays and bridges and of course to taste its gastronomy and its sweet atmosphere !
How to visit Toulouse in 2 days ?
Visit Toulouse in 2 days on foot is very easy but to go around and not miss beautiful hidden places, you must know the best itineraries… This is the purpose of this post !
Visit Toulouse in 2 days – DAY 1 itinerary
Usually, when I receive my family or my friends, I propose them a one-day itinerary to visit the best places in Toulouse. That was my previous post.
You will find the details of the itinerary DAY 1 in my post : One day in Toulouse : my itinerary.
For people who have a weekend in Toulouse or 2 days to visit Toulouse, I propose in addition the DAY 2 itinerary that I will detail herebelow.
Visit Toulouse in 2 days – DAY 2 itinerary
The historic center of Toulouse is particularly rich in big houses like mansions « hôtels particuliers » dating from the sixteenth century. It is thanks to the pastel trade that the great merchants of Toulouse have been able to enrich themselves and have these magnificent homes built.
This one-day trip to Toulouse (which is entirely on foot) allows to better discover the many beautiful « hôtels particuliers » of my city but also the Garonne river and its quays and edges of garonne where one can make beautiful walks. See on the map below :
Visit Toulouse in 2 days – My detailed tour
Museum « Musée des Abattoirs »
From your hotel, take the metro line A and exit at the station Saint Cyprien Republic.
It is at 76 Allées Charles de Fittes that is the museum of modern art of Toulouse : « Le musée des abattoirs ».
This museum comes from the transformation of the old walls of slaughterhouses meat Toulouse. These pink brick buildings with neo-classical architecture have been included in the supplementary inventory of Historic Monuments since 1990.
Bridge « Pont des Catalans »
Continue the walk on the bridge of Catalans to enjoy a beautiful view of the banks of the Garonne.
Espace du Bazacle
Immediately after the bridge, turn right towards the Bazacle promenade to reach the Espace du Bazacle which can be visited from 11am (discovery of the hydraulic world, exhibitions and the terrace with a superb view).
Heritage of churches around the Square “La place Saint-Pierre”
Then, turn on the street “rue de la Boule” to discover the Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines church. You will discover the oldest church in southwestern France. It has been built on an old Gallo-Roman necropolis and is classified as a historical monument. It is also known for its auditorium whose impeccable acoustics is perfect for concerts in a beautiful setting.
Do not miss the church of Saint-Pierre-des-Chartreux, treet “rue Valade”, just next to Place Saint Pierre !
This place has two totally different atmospheres. The day, it atmosphere is calm and quiet atmosphere. It is a charming place well located on the banks of the Garonne.
In the evening and at night, it is a particularly lively and noisy place (especially on Thursday and Saturday nights) because it is the meeting place for students who come to drink and party…
Square « Place de la Daurade »
Take the « quai Lucien Lombard » and walk along the Garonne to arrive at the Place de la Daurade.
Now, it’s time to have a lunch break!
Good restaurant – Le Bistroquai
Close to the Place de la Daurade, I recommend the Bistroquai (1 rue Jean Suau). It’s a very simple little restaurant but offers tasty food and a nice terrace ! And, as it is good, cheap and not very big, it is quickly complete … So do not hesitate to book.
The church and the docks of the Daurade
Go back along the docks of the Daurade towards the Basilica Notre Dame de la Daurade. This beautiful church, with a classical facade, was totally rebuilt at the end of the 18th century. It is adjacent to the School of Fine Arts, whose splendid facade is to be admired.
Turn left on the street « rue de Metz » and then right on « rue des Couteliers ». Then take the « rue de la Dalbade » where the church of Dalbade has to been visited. This 16th century church owes its name to the original whiteness of its walls (albade). Restored and enlarged, its whiteness gave way to the red of the brick. I love its colorful Renaissance portal !
Some beautiful « hôtels particuliers »
Continue to the « hôtel de Pierre » (stone hotel) on the street « rue de la Dalbade ». This house has an incredible facade of the seventeenth century, built of stone while the brick is ubiquitous in Toulouse, hence its nickname stone hotel.
Do not miss the hotel Molinier and its portal of 1556, another magnificent testimony of the Renaissance!
Continuing on the street « rue du Languedoc » you can admire the Hôtel du Vieux-Raisin, whose ocher-red brick façades bear caryatids carved in limestone, as well as various statues representing the ages of life.
Finally, when you turn on the rue Ozenne, you will discover the mansion “hotel Dahus” (where Crédit Agricole Private Bank has set up its offices).
Garden « Jardin des Plante » and Toulouse Museum
Going to the end of Rue Ozenne, you will reach the gardent « Jardin des Plantes ». It is a public garden that I particularly like for its bridges, its kiosk, its footbridges and its beautiful waterfall.
Just at the entrance of this garden is the Museum of Toulouse. If you still have some time, I invite you to discover its collections of natural history and, more particularly, ornithology, prehistory and ethnography.
The day of visits ended, you can go to the Palais de Justice to take the metro or tram to your hotel.
And if you are looking for a hotel very close to the Palais de Justice, I recommend the Pier Toulouse Hotel.
Hotel in Toulouse – My favorite
Great location on the banks of the Garonne, this hotel is situated at 150 m from the Palais de Justice metro station and next to a tram stop serving Toulouse Blagnac airport.
Ultra modern aspect that can surprise but the rooms are finely decorated and comfortable.
I advise you to book a room overlooking the Garonne!
Good restaurant in Toulouse
And if you are looking for a good little restaurant next door, I highly recommend the restaurant Côté Garonne 2 steps from the hotel (8, avenue Maurice Hauriou 31000 Toulouse).
You will taste typical dishes of the region in a sublime decor and in the summer you can enjoy a beautiful terrace !
With these 2 days in Toulouse itineraries, will we have toured Toulouse?
No no no !
It still lacks some beautiful ballads or important visits like the Canal de Brienne, the Canal du Midi, the Japanese garden, the Cité de l’Espace … but for that it will take an extra day that I will talk about in an other post : 3 days in Toulouse