Toulouse is a rich city when it comes to tourism. You can do historical tours to the city’s Gothic and Renaissance landmarks. Toulouse is also the capital of aerospace industry in Europe, so you can enjoy aerospace themed tour there. Many people are more inclined to enjoy natural landscapes and hope to see those in this city. It has warm temperature especially during summer time. Thus, spending the time outdoor and enjoying nature are two perfect activities in Toulouse.
Unfortunately, the city is not located close to the sea so you will not be able to enjoy ocean beach. However, there are many lakes that surround the city that have their own unique beaches. Lac de la Ramée is a lake which is located at the south-west side of Toulouse. In the beach area of this lake, people can enjoy sunbathing during summer. There is also a large space for people to do sport activities like soccer, basketball, and biking. Unfortunately, swimming in the lake can be dangerous at times so you better avoid it.
Lac de Cavayère offers a beach with perfect shade so you can enjoy summer warmth without burning your skin. To reach this lake, you need to drive slightly more than an hour from Toulouse. This place is certainly perfect for families to spend time together. The water body does not have too strong current so bathing is allowed in certain parts as long as safety measures like buoys used. There is a miniature golf course near the lake too which is a hit among young children. Hiking in the surrounding park would be a nice summer activity as well.
If you want to have ocean beach like experience around Toulouse, then Lac de l’Orme Blanc is an appropriate choice. The beach in there is sandy so during summer, it will be almost like you are going to the sea. Picnic is a favorite activity to do at this place because there is shady space with table arrangements there. You can also enjoy swimming here with safety gears, but the lake is rather narrow and that might not be a satisfying experience. However, you can definitely try fishing because this lake has quite diverse underwater environment.
Another lake beach option not far from Toulouse is called Lac de Saint Ferréol. People enjoy this lake because its surrounding area is so green. Tall trees enclose the lake space and provide sense of tranquility. In addition to enjoy peaceful time, you can definitely try various leisure activities there. The place is notorious for canoeing and windsurfing. There are also certain spots in which people are allowed to swim.
Your tour is not complete without visiting Lac de la Ganguise. It is actually closer to a town named Aude than Toulouse, but the drive there will not take longer than two hours. The beauty of de la Ganguise is out of this world. You will be greeted by the fresh turquoise color water upon arriving in the area.