Toulouse; the best of all worlds; glorious countryside, culture, restaurants, quality of life plus mountains and coast on the doorstep

Toulouse was recently voted one of the best places to live and work in France.  It has both lifestyle appeal and a wide variety of industry and employment opportunities as well as excellent transport links to the rest of the world. Add to that the great southern climate, the gentle pace of life, museums and galleries, history and stunning architecture, easy access to the mountains and the coast and a plethora of great bars and restaurants and it is not difficult to see why it attracts around 10,000 new residents per year just in the city alone with many more in the surrounding region.

In addition, unlike other major cities in France, property and cost of living are still reasonable in this region and the quality of life here always tops the league tables. Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city with everything that such a metropole has to offer but it also has the feel of a friendly southern town with a great diversity of cultures and nationalities and a very cosmopolitan air.

Toulouse is also a thriving city for students; it has a world-renowned university and is ranked as the second best place in France to be a student (after Grenoble). The city’s 100,000 students enjoy some of the best employment opportunities in France and first-class local initiatives.

Toulouse has seen France’s biggest economic growth in recent years and also boasts France’s biggest population growth over the past 20 years, the majority from other areas of the country, attracted by the job opportunities, climate and lifestyle. There is plenty on the doorstep to fill the weekends from the cultural events within the city, its numerous green spaces and the popular bike hire scheme with plenty of cycle routes within and around the city. There is also the Garonne river that snakes right through the middle of the city, perfect for a stroll or a picnic on the banks and, further afield, the Canal du Midi, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts and the Pyrenees; a world-class destination for hiking and skiing. Spain is also within easy reach.

Toulouse is the perfect city to have on the doorstep, great for day trips, culture, fantastic restaurants, entertainment and employment as well as an international transport hub to the rest of the world.

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