This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Toulouse. To help you make friends with Toulouse before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
The first settlements near Toulouse date from the eighth or seventh century BC. The city history involves Romans, Visigoths, Francs, and France. The battle in Toulouse in the eighth century is one of the major turning points that stopped the Arab invasion in Europe. During the centuries, Toulouse has grown as one of the biggest cities in France and today, its population is just under nine hundred thousand people.
It is also an important university town and the Toulouse University, founded in the thirteenth century, is one of the oldest in France and it has more than one hundred thousand students. All that makes nightlife in Toulouse quite good and you can pretty much go out to a good bar or a club any day of the week. Toulouse famous rugby club Stade Toulousain is the team with most titles in France and also a four-time champion of Europe. That makes rugby more than just a sport in the city.
The museum Saint-Raymond near the Basilica of St. Sernin is dedicated to art and archeology of the ancient world. The Old Toulouse Museum is a private museum displaying objects or old documents referring to the past of the city. Also worth visiting are the Church of Notre-Dame du Taur with a bell tower, and the Church of Saint-Aubin.
Toulouse is definitely not the most popular tourist destination in France, but hostels in Toulouse are way better than the average for the country. Toulouse hostels are comfortable and have good living conditions. A great advantage is that the price of Toulouse hostels is moderate and noticeably below the average for France. There is only one disadvantage of hostels in Toulouse -- their location is not very good as almost all hostels in Toulouse are located far from the city center and that might require significant walking or taking the public transportation to see the main city sights.
Written by local enthusiast for Toulouse hostelsGeorge Traveller