Toulouse, nestled in south western France, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. Those living in Toulouse are around an hour from the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean and also within striking distance of the Pyrenées mountain range – great for hiking and skiing. Toulouse is the fourth biggest city in France (behind Paris, Lyon, and Marseille) and boasts a strong expat community. Known as La Ville Rose (the Pink City) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings, Toulouse has a big international student population and is the home of plane manufacturer Airbus. Large green spaces, an excellent public transport system, beautiful architecture, and good connections with the Mediterranean, Paris and the rest of Europe all make it popular with a growing foreign community.