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Campervan hire Toulouse

Rich with warm, rosy buildings, vibrant boulevards, and the glimmering Garonne River flowing through the heart of the city, Toulouse is your perfect gateway to the best of France and beyond.

 

Toulouse is an ideal French destination, a smaller and more relaxed alternative to the bustling metropolises of Paris and Lyon. The Pink City a colorful and cozy town, close to everything—mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, even Andorra and Spain. It’s the perfect place to hire a campervan or a motorhome and start your road trip, a centrally-located city in Southern France that can still boast all the best experiences one can expect from a city—fascinating architecture, engaging museums, great food, and eclectic nightlife (do stick around when you rent an RV here!). Toulouse is urbanity without the excess, a smaller city with personality, a location without rival for both the slow-moving traveller and the restless adventurer. 

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

If you want to hire a campervan in Toulouse, we’re right there for you. We’ll meet you at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, where you can pick up and drop off your campervan free of charge (during regular hours). 

Parking in the city

Apart from the old centre (and depending on the size of the campervan you choose to hire), there’s street parking in central Toulouse that permits a maximum of 2 hours. The outer ring has plenty of car parks, some of which are free.

Camping grounds nearby

For spending the night in a van near Toulouse, look for the L’Aventure Toulouse and Le Rupe camping grounds north of the city.

Alternatively, there’s two free motorhome parks in Roques, east of Toulouse.

 

About Toulouse

Dubbed ‘La Ville Rose’ for the city’s signature peach-colored bricks, Toulouse’s history tells a colourful story of its own. A hub of trade and art since 1271, when the Kingdom of France declared it a “Royal City”, Toulouse has seen Napoleonic battles, the growth of France’s aviation industry, waves of Italian, Spanish, and Algerian immigration, and its development into a buzzing intellectual hub, home to over 110,000 university students, museums, and Thursday morning book markets.

There is much to do and see within Toulouse. With almost a thousand years in existence (and that’s only as an official French city), Toulouse boasts incredible ancient architecture, such as the majestic Basilique Saint-Sernin and the expansive gothic masterpiece of Church of Les Jacobins. For those not interested in neck cramps, there is the Pont Neuf, a low-lying brick bridge that unites the city across the Garonne River. After a long day of walking, ooing, and awwing, the Jardin Japonais—a Japanese garden in central Toulouse—invites an afternoon break among quiet greenery and ponds.

Of course, no adventure is complete without a rewarding dinner. Toulouse does not disappoint. Full of small bistros, pizza places, Indian, Japanese, and fine-dining establishments—such as the awarded Michel Sarran—Toulouse is friendly to all kinds of tastes and budgets. At night, Toulouse gets loose. The city’s contemporary clubs and bars show off more of its identity—a French university town with the sleek modernity of its aerospace industry. Bars like the jazzy Fat Cat or Le Carbet d’Oc provide cosy atmospheres and creative drinks while Le Royal’s and Puerto Habana, popular Toulouse clubs, invite weekender young professionals and aspiring Latin dancers, respectively.

 

What to discover

In and around the city

La Garonne

The river that flows through the heart of Toulouse is its main artery, for Toulousain life happens right at its edges.

That’s why the best way to get to know the city is by going for a long stroll along the Garonne, where you’ll be greeted by picnicking students accompanied by guitars and humming French chansons.

All things religious

It’s not just the pious that flock Toulouse’s churches and cathedrals. Take, for instance, the World Heritage Site of the Basilica of St. Sernin, an octagon masterpiece from ancient times.

For those who like to be blown away times two, St. Etienne’s Cathedral is two churches combined into a one-of-a-kind architectural gem. Other noteworthy places are the Jacobin Convent and the Church of St. Pierre des Chartreux.

Jardin Japonais

What’s a better place for getting some peace of mind than a public garden? A Japanese one, that is! Find your inner zen in this small garden of infinite beauty.

With a tea house, a red moon bridge, and a pond with koi fish, the garden will instantly transport you to Edo Japan!

 

Recommended locations

Perpignan

At a two-hour drive from Toulouse, Perpignan sits comfortably on the Mediterranean coast – and so will you if you decide to hop in a campervan and drive over to this medieval city.

While most beach-going tourists don’t think of a motorhome or campervan hire in Perpignan and instead pick the French Riviera for their share of sand and sunshine, this lesser-visited part of the French Mediterranean is at least as pretty!

Carcassonne

“Lower the ramparts!” is what you’ll hear shouted from the city walls of this magnificently fortified citadel as your Indie van approaches the old centre.

Actually, leave your campervan outside the walls of Carcassonne after your one-hour drive from Toulouse, as you’d have a hard time manoeuvering it through the citadel’s narrow cobblestone streets. It might be it will be difficult to find a suitable option for a motorhome or campervan hire in Carcassonne, so get your Indie van in Toulouse and make your way to this UNESCO city!

Lourdes

After a series of apparitions from the Virgin Mary, this tiny market town started receiving sick pilgrims making their way to the healing waters of Lourdes.

Countless devouts now make the pilgrimage to Lourdes. Be unlike most of them, and rent an RV in Toulouse to make the two-hour drive to Lourdes in your home on wheels. After all, a campervan hire for a pilgrimage to Lourdes is really just a blessedly-fine road trip!

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Toulouse – Blagnac Airport - 31703 Blagnac, France

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