Expats praise Toulouse as the perfect French destination

Published:  1 Feb at 6 PM
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France is the second-most popular destination for UK expats after Spain, with the French city of Toulouse one of the loveliest urban destinations in the entire country.

Whether retiring, starting a small business or simply looking for a more laid-back lifestyle, France is a long-term favourite with expats, especially those fleeing the UK’s depressing climate. There’s a choice of varied regions as regards weather and topography as well as a plethora of cities, towns and villages to choose from. One absolute favourite known as the Pink City for its pale, rose-coloured buildings, is Toulouse.

La Ville Rose is famous for its pink stone buildings and is definitely a city on the move as regards economic and population growth. Tourists love its charming streets and its two Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi and the Basilica. It’s not known exactly how many tourists become expat residents, but those that have are clearly more than glad they did.

Nestled in France’s southwest, it’s practically equidistant from the Med and the Atlantic, with the Pyrenees easily accessible for winter sports and superb views. Cementing its attraction for British expats, Toulouse finished fourth in a study of foreigner-friendly French destinations.

The city’s expat community is strong and supportive, and includes a large international student population attending the local university. Jobs suitable for foreigners can be had, and making international friends isn’t difficult. Public transport includes a driverless metro system, extensive bus routes and a useful bike scheme. Trains run to the Mediterranean beach resorts and regular train and air routes link to Paris and beyond.

Visually, the city is stunning, especially inside the old town with its brick buildings and long history, and the banks of the Garonne River encourage evening strolls. Expats now living in the city include many who’ve moved to Toulouse from other French regions after visiting and falling in love with its unique attractions and laid-back version of city life.

Source: The Local FR
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