Further south the ski resorts, hiking trails of the Pyrenees can be reached in around 1.5 hours. Spectacular birds of prey can be seen including golden eagles, vultures and lammergeyers.
Toulouse, 45 mins west, is France’s third largest city, with superb shopping and restaurants. It is known as the Ville Rose ("Pink City") for its distinctive brick architecture. Toulouse is the home of European space adventure and La Cite de L’Espace, with its replica spacecraft, is well worth visiting.