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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 Croix-d'Argent, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kawa Theatre and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. Stade Sabathe and Babotte's Tower are also within 15 minutes. Nouveau Saint Roch Tram Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rondelet Tram Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Esplanade de l'Europe and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. FNAC Montpellier and Polygone Shopping Center are also within 10 minutes. Leon Blum Tram Station is only a 3-minute walk and Place de l'Europe Tram Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fabre Museum, La Promenade du Peyrou and Corum Convention Center. Botanical Garden and Mare Nostrum Aquarium are also within 3 mi (5 km). Montpellier Saint-Roch Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hotel de Ville Tram Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Polygone Shopping Center and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. Le Triangle Shopping Center and FNAC Montpellier are also within 5 minutes. Hotel de Ville Tram Station and Comedie Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Historic Centre, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Medieval Mikve and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. Musee du Vieux Montpellier and Carre Sainte-Anne are also within 5 minutes. Comedie Tram Station is 5 minutes by foot and Louis Blanc Tram Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Historic Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower and Comedy Square. Hospital Lapeyronie is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Rondelet Tram Station is 5 minutes by foot and Comedie Tram Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Esplanade de l'Europe, FNAC Montpellier and Polygone Shopping Center. Le Triangle Shopping Center and Corum Convention Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Place de l'Europe Tram Station and Pompignane Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Antigone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Esplanade de l'Europe and FNAC Montpellier. Polygone Shopping Center and Le Triangle Shopping Center are also within 15 minutes. Place de l'Europe Tram Station and Leon Blum Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.