I visited a total of about 30 to 40 cities while in Europe. Toulouse was one of the cleanest cities in Europe that I visited. I haven’t looked at any statistics of what the actual cleanest cities in Europe are. But there is a good chance it would be ranked as one of the cleanest.
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Perception of Toulouse Being One Of The Cleanest Cities In Europe
One of my first thoughts when I walked into Toulouse was about how clean everything was. Normally in the majority of cities I walked through in Europe, there would be at least a little trash. There was literally no trash on the ground anywhere. I had came from Marseilles which was definitely not as clean. Everything looked perfect in Toulouse.
Why You Should Visit Toulouse
Buildings and Architecture
The beautiful buildings and architecture definitely make it a city that is appealing to the eye.
I knew nothing about this church before I met my buddy here last Fall. But apparently this is the last remaining Romanesque buildings in Europe and probably the world. It was actually added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the world. This alone makes Toulouse worth visiting. Both the pictures from the inside and outside were amazing.
This is the square that has a lot of cafes and sometimes has a market during the day. It’s beautiful on the outside and a very chill place to hang out.
This is located in the Place Du Capitole and where you can catch the orchestra, opera, and ballet.
The people are actually friendly in this town. Sometimes travelers visit Paris and think that all French people are unfriendly. In Toulouse it was the opposite. When I went in to grab food at a local cafe, the owner struck up a conversation with me in English and seemed to be very interested in where I had traveled.
On another occasion my buddy met some random girl on the streets who was interested in his guitar. This sparked a conversation and she ended up hanging out with us until we left for St Jean Pied De Pore. It happened more than a few different times.
I can’t recall anything like that happening when I visited Paris. Although, I did get a skewed perception of Paris since I was there on the weekend of the attacks.
Toulouse felt like a very safe place to visit with a low crime rate. I haven’t looked at any statistics.. But I got good vibes while being there.
It was a very lively night that we stayed in Toulouse. That is because there is a college there and tons of bars. Take a look at the list of bars in Toulouse. If night life is your thing, then it is just another reason to visit.
I personally didn’t get a chance to experience it due to the fact we were on a tight schedule to get to the Camino. But I remember walking to our hostel and thinking how packed the streets were. Our hostel was actually right in the middle of where all the college students went to the bar in St Antoine du T.
Plenty of hostels
I’m not sure you will be able to find as unique of a hostel as we did. The hostel we stayed in was more like a frat house.
We had to enter the hostel through a door in which we had to buzz the owner. We then gave him a code name and he let us in. It was pretty hard to find at first. The entrance was a dark hallway that led to a garden. Once you got through the garden, you were into the hostel. It was called El Gran Camino. I tried to find a link to the hostel, but it looks like it is actually closed now. Honestly, it felt like there could have been some sketchy things going on inside of the hostel and it was pretty unorganized. But it was a good experience.
The hostels might be a little bit more expensive than some other cities. We paid 40 Euros between the two of us, which I didn’t think was to bad.
If you decide to visit Toulouse, make sure that you stay for at least two days. I only got to stay for one night and then we left the next morning. Not only was it one of the cleanest cities in Europe, but one of my favorite cities that I got to visit while traveling. Take a look at www.Toulouse-visit.com for more information on the city and more amazing pictures!