Experiencing Love in Toulouse: A Perfect Stop on Your France Honeymoon

Pink hues, warm hospitality, and a bit of everything that we love about France. If you're planning a romantic European honeymoon, you need to add Toulouse on your list to stop by! This pastel-rich city is the perfect place for a weekend getaway for you and your special someone. Reverberating with the gentle energy of the French countryside, it offers a perfect blend of rustic charm and metropolitan excitement. With its rich history and culture, as well as its stunning architecture, you're sure to feel the romance as you wander around La Ville Rose (or the Pink City). From exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of the city center to indulging in the delicious local cuisine, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the capital of the Occitanie region. Read on to find out why Toulouse is a must-visit destination for your France adventure!

The streets of Toulouse during a honeymoon walk

A Brief Overview about Toulouse

Toulouse is an idyllic French city that celebrates the arts, culture, history, daily life, and even sports. From its importance in aviation history thanks to Airbus to Le Petit Prince's aviator-author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to Toulouse rugby to Sunday street markets, there is literally something for everyone's interests in the Pink City. For newlyweds seeking a romantic and intimate honeymoon destination in France, Toulouse should be top of the list.

When it comes to local friendliness, Toulouse certainly does not disappoint. Whether it's the waiter in a café or the bus driver, the locals are incredibly welcoming and helpful. They take pride in their city and love sharing their stories and culture with visitors. And when you want to practice your French with them, your effort does not go unnoticed as they share a smile!

Toulouse is also easy on the wallet as it accepts both cash in Euros and credit cards most everywhere you go. You will find banks, taxis, buses, and all other modern travel conveniences in the city as you would in the rest of France. It is worth nothing that Sundays are much quieter in the city center than on a weekday because a lot of shops, pharmacies, and grocery stores are either closed or have very limited hours. So if you are visiting on a weekend, keep that in mind when making plans.

Beautiful teal and white art deco tiles on a Toulouse building in France

Navette Aeroport shuttle in Toulouse France

How to Get to Toulouse to Start Your France Honeymoon

Getting to Toulouse to begin your romantic France honeymoon is a breeze. The city is conveniently served by Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, which offers numerous international flights from the U.S. and Europe. Once you arrive, you can easily reach the city center by taking the tram, taxi, or shuttle. Run by the local transport Tisseo, the Airport Shuttle (Navette Aéroport) goes from the airport to the city centre or train station that operates every 20 minutes for only 9,00€ (each way).

And once you’re in the city center, there is a Navette Centre Ville which is a free (yes, free!) electric shuttle bus that takes passengers around the historic city. It operates every day except Sunday between 9:12am and 7 pm. Simply give a wave at the shuttle stop, and the driver will stop for you. It’s not well-advertised, but you can find the stops on the local transport website Tisseo under "City Centre Shuttle."

After you have enjoyed the sights of Toulouse and are ready to see the rest of France, domestic transportation is easy! If you prefer train travel, Toulouse is well-connected to major cities in France and Europe, with the Toulouse Matabiau train station located in the heart of the city (where the airport shuttle also goes to).

Whether you choose to fly or take the train, your journey to Toulouse will be the perfect weekend stop on your unforgettable European honeymoon.

Radisson Blu Toulouse hotel perfect for couples

Practical and Welcoming Accommodations in Toulouse

Nestled in the southwestern region of France, Toulouse is a great city destination to begin your European honeymoon, and when it comes to a long road trip or multi-destination honeymoon, you need effortless and comfortable accommodations. Herein enters the friendly Radisson Blu Hotel near the Toulouse Airport so you can maximize your time in the Pink City, and where we personally stayed on our trip.

Located just a short free hotel shuttle ride from the airport, this 4-star hotel offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience with warm, friendly staff eager to make your stay perfect. Everyone speaks English to help you during your visit, and some are eager to practice their English as you might be with your French!

Since many flights arrive in the evening or depart in the early morning, the proximity of the hotel to the airport is especially ideal for long-haul American travelers. Radisson Blu's updated rooms provide a peaceful haven for you and your partner with modern amenities, wood effect flooring, and plush colorful furnishings. We stayed in their Junior Suite overlooking their vineyard patio area, and our room was quiet and brimming with rare complimentary toiletries like pillow spray, bath salts, slippers, and hand cream. Easy comfort was exactly what we were looking for when it came to a short stop in Toulouse, and here we got it.

Adjacent to their beautiful homegrown grapevines, daily hot breakfast is located in their La Vie en Rose restaurant, and it boasts an American-, European-, and British-inspired breakfast smorgasbord with eggs, cheeses, meats, baked beans, yogurts, pastries, and more. For couples with dietary restrictions and allergies, you're in safe hands here as there is visible signage sharing their allergen-friendly accommodations. For gluten-free travelers, you'll be excited to know that surprisingly enough, the best French bread rolls you'll ever eat exist here! Just ask the staff on duty for these so you have nice fresh warm ones right out of the oven. Omelettes are also made to order in the kitchen.

Whether you choose to relax near the grapevines on the patio, take a dip in the petite spa pool, or enjoy a romantic dinner at the hotel's stylish restaurant, the Radisson Blu Toulouse Hotel sets the stage for a lovely visit in Toulouse.


Walking along the Garonne River in Toulouse

Exploring the Charming Streets of Toulouse

Once you step foot in the city center of Toulouse, you'll instantly be captivated by its charm. Its picturesque streets are lined with old rosé-colored buildings that will take you on a journey through time while still romancing you into the modern day. Take your time to explore the bustling markets like the large Les Halles Victor-Hugo, where you can find fresh produce, wine bars, and delicious pastries. Admire the beautiful architecture, from the iconic Capitole de Toulouse city hall building to the stunning Basilica of Saint-Sernin. As you wander, don't forget to stop and soak up the lively atmosphere of street musicians and artists that make Toulouse enchanting in only the way the French can do.

For couples looking to get a special view of the city, a stroll along the Garonne River from the Place Saint-Pierre park will offer up the sight of the lovely Pont Neuf bridge and the giant green-domed building Hôpital de La Grave. On Sundays along the river, you may also find a hidden gem of an artisans' market that boasts local, handmade products like art prints, hats, clothing, ceramics, and more.

As night falls, Toulouse comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. From trendy bars to bustling nightclubs, the city (also home to Université de Toulouse) offers plenty of options for an evening of fun and romance. Dance the night away to live music, sip on drinks on the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette with panoramic views, or simply take another leisurely nighttime walk along the river, hand in hand with your loved one.

Walking around Toulouse France for honeymoon ideas

Gluten free crepes at Pastel et Sarrasin in Toulouse France

Indulging in French Cuisine

No visit to Toulouse would be complete without indulging in the mouthwatering French cuisine as this city offers a gastronomic experience that all francophiles will fall in love with again and again. For the vibrant food markets, such as the largest Marché Victor Hugo to the Sunday-only Marché de Saint Aubin, one can sample local, regional, and European delicacies, particularly the incredible variety of French cheeses, from soft and creamy camembert to tangy sheep's milk cheeses.

Love crêpes? There are oodles of crêperies to enjoy, but for gluten-free travelers, Pastel et Sarrasin only serves gluten-free buckwheat crêpes or galettes, so you'll find delicious sweet and savory options to safely eat. Surrounded by locals brunching who clearly were frequent customers, I loved their Complet crêpe made with organic egg, classic ham, and emmental cheese while my husband devoured their Pyrénéenne dish of eggs, Bethmale cheese, smoked bacon, potatoes, and fresh cream.

As evening falls, indulge in the delicious French cuisine that Toulouse is renowned for. From traditional bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city offers a plethora of dining options to satisfy every palate. Sample the local delicacies such as cassoulet, a hearty stew made with white beans and meat, or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at one of the charming riverside eateries. While meat is definitely a menu staple, you will still find vegetarian and vegan options at many establishments in the city.

When it comes to beverages, there is no shortage of regional wines. You're in France after all! But should you want to go non-alcoholic and love floral flavors, ask for violet syrup with water. The violet is Toulouse's flower, so you will see drinks, candies, jams, sauces, and more made with this delicate purple flower.

And, of course, no visit to Toulouse is complete without indulging in a flaky chocolatine (don't call it a pain au chocolat here!) from one of the city's many boulangeries. So grab a pastry and indulge in the flavors of Toulouse, a food lover's paradise!

Cheese at the Saint Aubin Market in Toulouse France

City center of Toulouse France

Admiring the Architecture and History of Toulouse

Toulouse is a city rich in history and filled with stunning architecture that will transport you back in time. As you explore the streets of Toulouse, you'll come across beautiful buildings, both ancient and modern, that showcase the city's diverse architectural styles.

One of the highlights of Toulouse is its Gothic masterpiece, the Basilica of Saint-Sernin. This 11th-century church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. The impressive interior with its intricate stone carvings and beautiful stained glass windows will leave you in awe. It is open to the public with signage mostly in French, so they offer English translation guides so you can better appreciate its historic significance.

Another architectural gem in Toulouse is the Capitole de Toulouse, a grand neoclassical building that houses the city hall and the Théâtre du Capitole. Its stunning pink façade and grand staircase make it a popular spot for wedding photos, and you can't help but feel a sense of grandeur as you step into the courtyard and inside. Today, visitors can explore its grandiose halls, view its priceless artwork, and witness the official ceremonies of the local government.

As you wander the streets, you'll also come across charming half-timbered houses, narrow alleyways, antique carousels, and hidden courtyards that add to the city's unique charm. Everywhere you turn you'll spot something that's interesting!

Basilica of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse France

What to do in Toulouse France on your honeymoon

Enjoying Outdoor Activities and Nature Around Toulouse

In addition to its rich history and vibrant city life, Toulouse offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and soak in the beauty of nature. With its mild climate and picturesque surroundings, this city is an ideal destination for both nature lovers and adventure seekers as well as the history fans.

One of the must-do outdoor activities in Toulouse is exploring the Canal du Midi. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a scenic waterway that stretches for miles, perfect for a leisurely bike ride or a romantic boat trip. As you navigate the canal, you'll pass charming villages, vineyards, and stunning countryside views, creating an unforgettable experience.

For those who enjoy hiking, a visit to the nearby Montagne Noire is highly recommended. Located about a two hours' drive from Toulouse, this mountain range offers breathtaking landscapes and picturesque trails. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking for a casual stroll, there are trails suitable for all levels. From lush forests to stunning viewpoints, the Montagne Noire is a local favorite.

No matter how you choose to enjoy the outdoors in Toulouse, the city's natural beauty is sure to captivate and provide a perfect complement to your romantic European honeymoon.

What to do in Toulouse France on your honeymoon

What to do in Toulouse France on your honeymoon

With its rich French culture, delicious food, and memorable architecture, La Ville Rose is a great destination for a charming getaway while traveling through Europe for your honeymoon. It is a welcoming city filled with hidden wonders and boundless possibilities. So break away from the traditional destination cities we always hear about in France and discover the beauty of Toulouse — you won't regret it!


Chelsea Barton

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

As a retired wedding photographer obsessed with the wedding industry, Chelsea has always had a passion in helping couples find their wedding ideas for over 14 years. Marry that with her sea-loving personality, and you have Tidewater and Tulle in a nutshell.

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