For couples who found themselves recently isolated with their other halves and missing the romance of their pre-lockdown relationship and for couples who isolated separately in need of some quality alone time, the South of France has the perfect remedy, in the name of a city called Toulouse.
Nicknamed ‘the pink city’ for its jumble of coral roofs and shopfronts, Toulouse provides a romantic backdrop for couples on a getaway to reignite their relationship. With the local accent consistently voted the sexiest accent in France, it gives Paris a run for its money for being the city of love. What better place to plan a visit with restaurants now reopen with extended terraces and shops set to welcome visitors again from 8th June, in time for France to begin talks to lift border restrictions from June 15th.
Brimming with numerous gourmet, yet affordable restaurants and offering a whole host of cultural attractions, Toulouse offers an endless list of fun, dynamic dates options. Couples in search for some relaxed quality time together will also enjoy strolling hand in hand along the medieval streets in the old neighbourhood towards the romantic views of the river Garonne while watching the sunset. TheTaste of Toulouse tour offers guided tours of the impressive Victor Hugo covered market in the heart of the city and teaches English-speaking tourists about the local products on offer. Couples can tuck into baked goods, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses and sweet treats on their way around while Jessica the guide teaches them about the food and top tips on how to buy it. They won’t have to worry about sharing! Couples can enjoy a relaxing cycle through the city and along the Canal du Midi’s towpaths with VélÔ Toulouse, a self-service bike scheme. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Une Table à Deux, opened in 2018 and located in the Des Carmes district, the delicate cuisines are made fresh from local products and are served in a charming setting decorated with wooden furniture and brick walls.
Where to stay: Toulouse’s quirky cinema hotel
Reopening week of 8th June, you will find the hotel tucked behind the facade of an old movie palace on Boulevard Lazare Carnot you’ll find Mama Shelter Toulouse. After a day of walking and exploring, couples can sit back and cosy up with a glass of red while watching a romantic movie in the 46-seat cinema, the CineMama.
Priced from 79€/£70 per double room per night.
Please visit: www.toulouse-visit.com