The per­fect French city

The Week Middle East - - Consumer Leisure -

Sun­shine, el­e­gance and sen­su­al­ity – Mont­pel­lier has al­ways had the char­ac­ter­is­tic Mediter­ranean virtues. Lately, it has also seen rapid growth thanks to “high-tech in­dus­tries, brains and bril­liance”, says An­thony Pere­grine in The Daily Tele­graph, and is be­com­ing the most “se­duc­tive” and cul­tured pro­vin­cial city in France. At its heart is the grand­est pedes­trian square in Eu­rope, the Place de la Comédie. The city also has the old­est botan­i­cal gar­den in France, a good art mu­seum (the Fabre), two opera houses, an or­ches­tra, sev­eral arts fes­ti­vals and no end of good bars and “posh shops”. And then there are the beaches – just 45 min­utes away by bike through a “wild and open land of scrub, high skies, la­goons and flamin­goes”. For train tick­ets, see www.voy­ages-sncf.com.

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