B&Bs, chalets and vilas
Metro, rent a bicycle
Toulouse's Place du Capitole easily passes the 'great city squares of Europe' test. It is a great place for strolling and people-watching and one of those immense old civic buildings The sights great hen the square is decoratively lit up, as are many of the city's public buildings and bridges.
The Cite de l'Espace is by far Europe's best space museum. The 150ft-high life-size version of the Ariane 5 rocket is a staggering sight. Among a constellation of exhibits are a full-size model of the Russian satellite Sputnik launched in 1957, a big chunk of Moon rock and genuine sections of the Russian Mir craft and the Space Station. Get into the gyroscope for 360-degree spin-dryer treatment.
The 11th Century Basilica of St Sernin, the largest (300ft long) and finest Romanesque church in Europe, contains the tomb of St Thomas Aquinas. The art gallery Hôtel d'Assézat has landscapes by Pierre Bonnard, famous for his intense colours.