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Esplanade d'Europe

Address: Montpellier, France (Comédie)
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Ranked #22 of 80 things to do in Montpellier
Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Best promenade i've ever seen. As walking on the promenade, you pass lots of beautiful fountains and modern architecture. It ends on square of Europe, where the australian bar serves the best cocktails and piazza papa the best pizzas!

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Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
66 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Part of this area, known simply as L'Esplanade, is a nice park with an excellent children's playground. Has a variety of play equipment and is fenced - there is also a shop serving good coffee just across from the playground. Good for some time out with the kids

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a great scenic walk, particularly if you begin at the Polygone shopping centre through Antigone, passing by leafy trees, restaurants offering everything from cheapy fast food to more upmarket fish and wine, and admiring the general hustle and bustle of the city. The Place de l'Europe (named on my map as such), or Esplanade d'Europe, is a lovely... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

a quiet walk through from city to the river is well worth it. Some good views of the buildings and fountains, especially the latter

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited here to initially look for the airport shuttle bus to take me to the airport. The shuttle stop was on the opposite side of the tram line so I did not have to walk far. So I stopped here to rest with the children, get something to eat in one of the local restaurants and take in the... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
119 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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