The municipality of Blagnac in France is a suburb just outside Toulouse, and comes under the Aucamville (Haute-Garonne) department. It is famous all over the world as the home of Airbus, Europe’s biggest aircraft manufacturer. Visitors will be fascinated by a tour of the Airbus plant in Blagnac. Get a car for hire in Blagnac for an “air and space” tour, along with visits to some of the unique heritage attractions nearby.
This tour is primarily a visit to the J.L. Lagardère site where the Airbus A380 double-decker jumbo jet is assembled. Get a car for rent in Blagnac and head for the Village Aeroconstellation on Rue Franz Joseph Strauss. Apart from a tour of the plant, you also get to board an A380 mock-up on the ground and get a feel of the cabin space from inside.
Blagnac also has the soon-to-open Aeroscopia Museum which will have exhibitions and animations for more than 30 historical aircrafts, including the Concorde and the A300. In Toulouse, you have a space museum (La Cite de l’space) located on Avenue Jean Gonord. There is an Air Museum at 18 Rue Montmorency which chronicles the history and close relationship between Toulouse and aeronautics. The pièce de résistance, however, is the Association Ailes Anciennes Toulouse located at 4 rue Beteille. At Ailes Anciennes, you will see one of the biggest collections of historic aviation items, including planes, motors, helicopters, and even gliders.
Despite being on the cutting-edge of the industrial revolution, Blagnac has not lost any of its traditional appeal or heritage attractions. You can start with a visit to St. Peter's Church, which dates back to the 11th century. The original Chapel of Saint Exupere was built sometime during the 14th to 15th centuries, and fully restored in 1806. The Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena includes a 17th-century castle and chapel. A very old brick kiln is still intact on the street in between Almond and Park Avenue.
Blagnac is perhaps the most famous of the Toulouse suburbs, but by no means the only one worth visiting. Book your car rental in Blagnac right now and plan for day trips to Colomiers, L’Union, Cugnaux, and perhaps Saint-Lys. A little further out, the African Safari in Plaisance-du-Touch is a fascinating attraction. You might also want to see if there is a concert or show scheduled at Le Bikini in Ramonville-Saint-Agne.
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