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When to go
Festive Toulouse, its café terraces and its markets, can be visited without moderation from April to October. In spring the Printemps du Rire comedy festival, the Rio Loco world music festival and the international art festival are held in the city. In May, June and September, the lights, soft and low, sublimate the nuances of the pink brick as they vary throughout the day.
July and August are dry and hot, sometimes searingly so, at which point the locals desert. The city then feels more intimate, and you can sit in the shade offered by the gardens to listen to the floating notes of the Les Siestes Électroniques, a festival dedicated to emerging cultures. Boat trips can also offer a refreshing escape on the Garonne and the Canal du Midi, while others might prefer to go kayaking or cycle along the towpaths.
From late October, the city is exposed to the Autan wind, which heralds showers, and you should arm yourself with an umbrella when you set out to explore Toulouse's treasures.
Formalities and useful addresses
Toulouse Tourist Office – www.toulouse-visit.com
Toulouse Tourist Office – Donjon du Capitole – Square Charles-de-Gaulle – 31080 Toulouse – [TEL] 0 892 180 180 / [TEL] +33 540 131 531 from overseas
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport – www.toulouse.aeroport.fr
Gare SNCF Matabiau – Arrival of TGV, mainline and regional trains.