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3 days in July, Toulouse or Sarlat-la-Caneda?

I'm taking a trip with friends in July, but have a few days to myself in between Paris and Carcassonne. I was planning on staying in Toulouse, but was reconsidering after looking at Rick Steves' guidebook. Should I go somewhere like Sarlat-la-Caneda instead? Just wanting to discover some new areas in France and practice my French. Looking for a few relaxing days somewhere picturesque. Will be traveling by train.

Thank you in advance for any advice!

Posted by
4132 posts

I have been to both and would choose Sarlat.

But, I'd want a car there, and might prefer a smaller town instead as a base to visit the sights in the area.

If you are dead set against a car, then Toulouse might be a better choice. Or Arles.

Posted by
3210 posts

Like Adam, I’ve been to both and agree with him that without a car, Toulouse would be the better choice. There’s more to see in the city itself and among the sites to visit outside the city, you could tour the AirBus factory or take a trip on Canal du Midi.

Posted by
27426 posts

I (carless) liked Toulouse a lot, and a side-trip to Albi is also great. However, in June last year the area was sweltering.

Posted by
12172 posts

I liked Sarlat's center. Toulouse is too big for me. I was just there in June, it was cool and rainy, great for travel. It will likely be hot in July.

Posted by
621 posts

Yup. It depends on if you have a car. The Dordogne is my favorite place in France but a car is needed.

How about Collioure? It is accessible by train and is a lovely place to spend 3 days in July. Evenings can't be beat there.

If you want beach and city try Montpellier.


Posted by
38 posts

I have been to both. I live Sarlat. Stayed there for a week. Flew into Toulouse and stayed there a few days. Had a car both places. As we traveled for 3 weeks.

Posted by
55 posts

Toulouse does not have anywhere near the charm and beauty of Sarlat. If I could only stay in Sarlat and not drive the Dordogne— I would stil go by train to Sarlat and stay there for a few days. It is magical. Lovely B and B’s are a great choice due to personalized attention and info. Use this site to find one.