But for a slip of a fonctionaires pen, Toulouse would have been the Languedoc regional capital, rather than Montpellier. Traditionally much of Languedoc fell under the jurisdiction of the County of Toulouse.
In defining todays political borders, departments and capitals were locked together with little respect for history.
Today Toulouse is the regional capital of Midi Pyrenees.
Toulouse has a metropolitan population of 1.1m (inc 100,000 students). It is a roman town and the roman roads were later used by Compostella pilgrims. The river Garronne , gateway to Bordeaux and the Atlantic, flows through the city and is linked to the Canal du Midi making Toulouse powerful trading position historically.
It has a fine old centre with many important buildings, whilst the exterior suburbs house the aero and space industries that generate todays prosperity.
More vibrant than Montpellier, with an extensive nightlife, it makes an ideal weekend destination.
To do :
Central traffic and parking is difficult, so a lower cost hotel on the on the edge of the centre near the canals is convenient. This aparthotel has breakfast service, is well situated and has an underground garage - http://www.athome-ah.com/
. Rooms are rather small, but acceptable for a short stay.
The top hotels are grouped together in the magnificent Place du Capitole - e.g. http://www.grand-hotel-opera.com/uk/index.php
Getting there :
A9 / A61 just under 3 hrs from Montpellier
or use the rail connections
Belfast Thomas Cook Airlines
Bristol Thomas Cook Airlines
Dublin Aer Lingus
Gatwick Thomas Cook Airlines
Leeds Bradford Jet2
Manchester Thomas Cook Airlines
Manchester BMI baby
The tourist office has a range of guided tours in the centre which are worth taking : http://www.toulouse-tourisme.com/accueil/index_fr.php
More : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toulouse