In Toulouse, the temperature in summer can soar to over 30°C. So it’s good to know a few places where you can cool down, either within a few minutes of the city, or in the city centre itself. Here are some ideas for pools, lakes, rivers and beaches where you can take a dip or get some fresh air!
POOL PARTY: the pool at Le Canard sur le Toit
This restaurant has become a summer pool location. A few minutes from Toulouse by car, the pool at Le Canard sur le Toit has a large garden. Stretch out in the shade on the grass, or in the sun on a deckchair, while taking in the background electro music. Then slip on your swimwear and dive head first into the pool. Around 7 p.m. it’s time to get into after-work mode, sip a champagne mojito and pick at some tapas until late into the night. Entry is €5 or €10 with drinks on special evenings. Saturdays and Sundays are given over to pool parties from midday onwards, when everyone spends the afternoon dancing around the pool and diving into it. A party atmosphere is guaranteed!
FOR LANDLUBBERS: the river at Clermont Lefort
For something quieter and more countrified, there’s a little spot for you on the beach at Clermont Lefort. Twenty kilometres from Toulouse, beside the River Ariège, this is the perfect place to relax in the sun and to cool down. It’s known only by word of mouth (shush!) and bathing is still prohibited here, but that needn’t stop you taking a stroll through the trees on the riverbank, chancing upon a little beach and deciding to take a dip beside the river. From there you can also watch the canoes go by.
THE COOL OF THE LAKES: Caraman and La Ramée
Perhaps you prefer still waters? Less than 30 kilometres from Toulouse, the Lac de l’Orme Blanc in Caraman has a lovely sandy beach and a little footpath for strolling around the lake. This location is perfect for picnicking and bathing, and has lots of shady spots to enjoy. Entry is €1.50 for non-residents, and bathing is supervised. There are even beach games on loan, free of charge, for both adults and children! If you don’t feel like travelling quite so far, you can also opt for the Lac de la Ramée. Since last year, bathing is now allowed there! Or there are lots of watersports you can have a go at: sailing, canoeing or fishing.
SOLITUDE ON THE SAND: Toulouse Beach
All through the summer until the end of August, La Prairie des Filtres in the city centre is transformed into a Toulouse Plage (Toulouse Beach) with activities on offer every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. An open-access watersports area gives visitors the chance to discover the joys of boating on the Garonne in a canoe or rowing boat. A beach area offers sporting activities on the sand such as rugby, soccer, volleyball and tennis. Other possibilities include yoga or dancing, or sitting on a deckchair reading a good book and going to cool down every now and then under the giant sprays.