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The Esplanade de l’Europe is a large plaza in Montpellier’s Antigone neighborhood. Its dominant feature is a vast semi-circular neoclassical building that contains homes, shops and restaurants.
The esplanade and the surrounding district was created as part of an urban regeneration project in the late 1970s by Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill.
A pleasant way to approach the plaza is by taking a 20-minute walk east from the Place de la Comédie. The route takes you along wide, leafy boulevards, past fountains and the shops of the Place du Millénaire.
Once you arrive at the esplanade, take your time to appreciate the enormity of the grandiose building and its many windows. Although modern in appearance, Roman and Greek design influences can be seen, particularly with the large columns. If it is a sunny day, relax on one of the well-maintained lawns.
Inspect the Winged Victory of Samothrace, a marble sculpture of a winged and headless goddess of Victory. She is supposed to be standing on a ship looking to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace. The work of art is a replica of a 2,000-year-old Greek statue that is on show in the Louvre in Paris.
Enjoy a walk or cycle ride along the promenade that runs parallel to the River Lez. Then dine in one of the riverside restaurants. Your view across the water is of the Hotel de Région, completed in 1989. Note its resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe. The building, Montpellier’s Regional Hall, was inspired by classical structures and its façade is predominantly glass.
If you do not want to walk to the Esplanade de l’Europe, take a tram that stops close by. Leave time in your day to explore the rest of the Antigone district. You will come across numerous statues, plazas, parks and several buildings that were also designed by Ricardo Bofill. They share similar designs and include shops, apartment and office blocks, Montpellier's Olympic swimming pool and Place de Thessalie with its attractive fountain.
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps from National Orchestra of Montpellier, Comedy Square, and Place de la Comedie. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Comedie Tram Station and Montpellier Saint-Roch Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Port Marianne, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Mare Nostrum Aquarium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Place de la Comedie and Comedy Square. Planetarium Galileo and Vegapolis Ice Rink are also within 5 minutes. Place de France Tram Station is 6 minutes by foot and Odysseum Tram Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Antigone, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of FNAC Montpellier and Place de la Comedie. Comedy Square and Hospital Lapeyronie are also within 3 mi (5 km). Leon Blum Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Antigone Tram Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Esplanade de l'Europe, Place de la Comedie, and Comedy Square. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Leon Blum Tram Station is only a 3-minute walk and Place de l'Europe Tram Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Orchestra of Montpellier, Place de la Comedie, and Comedy Square. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away. Comedie Tram Station and Hotel de Ville Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Place de la Comedie, and Comedy Square. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Montpellier Saint-Roch Station and Montpellier Saint-Roch Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Polygone Shopping Center, Place de la Comedie, and Comedy Square. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Hotel de Ville Tram Station and Place Carnot Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corum Convention Center and Place de la Comedie. Comedy Square and Hospital Lapeyronie are also within 3 mi (5 km). Corum Tram Stop is only a 5-minute walk and Les Aubes Tram Station is 8 minutes.
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