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Esplanade d'Europe

Montpellier, France (Comédie)
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Ranked #13 of 40 attractions in Montpellier
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
84 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Take a walk through the Polygone shopping centre through to the Antigone district for a refreshing change of architecture. It's a long straight walk down to the river through an area of bars, restaurants and hotels, then a nice open garden area rather like The Crescent in Bath, then onto another area with bars and restaurants and the river. Although... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Antigone and l'esplanade are both pretty modern places but I like how they've tried to keep the french building style unlike a lot of the more modern places around Montpellier (*cough* Mairie). There's only really something happening here when there's an event on but when there are events on it's pretty cool. Other than that it's a nice place to... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Whereas the center is formed mostly by beautiful old structures and buildings, this part of Montpellier consists of buildings that have a more modern feel, but still fit very well with the rest of the city. It's a nice place to be as well, although I have to say I prefer the Place de la Comedie. But going here once... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

During the day it is a lovely place to shop second hand books, relax and enjoy a drink to some music or have the kids frolic. On Friday evenings it becomes a lively festival with local wineries, local food, markets and visiting music. Surprise, but awesome. If you have flexibility with your trip, try to see Montpellier on a Friday.

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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

It's not only the Esplanade de l'Europe. It's the whole Antigone neighbourhood, one of the most accomplished examples of post-modern architecture in Europe. Its designer, Ricard Bofill, managed to create a space combining all the advantages of modernity (functionality, in particular) with the warmth and charm of traditional downtowns, place where people can walk, can sit to drink a coffee,... More

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Toulouse, France
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I'm a bit old fashioned when it comes to architecture - I find many 'modern' buildings a scar on what would otherwise be gorgeous vistas. So for me this area of Montpellier is a gem. Firstly because it sits apart from the old city and secondly because it's actually very tastefully designed. Right by the Place de la Comedie is... More

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Florianopolis, Brazil
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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

Great atmosphere, full of life and joy! Excellent foid ( you're in France!) at good prices. ( i am based in Geneva) After my first two days in Montpellier I feel like deciding what to do starts in esplanade!

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Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

What's fantastic about Montpellier is how the old and the new mix. The Esplanade d'Europe is the other (new) half of the Montpellier face. It's a large open space, with lots of grass and space to take a break.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
53 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

A clever way to link the Comedy with the concert hall at the Corum. Good place for markets and lots of places to eat under the trees while watching the world go by with fountains in the background

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New York City, New York
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165 reviews 165 reviews
104 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I think the Esplanade across from Musee Fabre is nicer, especially if you have kids since that one has a playground. However, i went in March, and the grass was still kind of dead, so maybe that's why I wasn't as impressed. It's a group of buildings in a demi-circle. The walk through Antigone to get there was much prettier,... More

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