Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour, Montpellier

The Antigone is the most modern and futuristic part of Montpellier. Most of the buildings in this area are conceived by architect Ricardo Bofill and all of them are designed in neo-classical style, but they each have their individual charm and beauty. Established around the end of the 1970s, the architectural complex starts at the edge of Place de la Comedie and runs up to the river Lez. It is decorated with beautiful buildings, fountains, greenery and cozy cafes and restaurants.
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Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Montpellier (See other walking tours in Montpellier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: Cathy
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The Sauramps (Le Triangle)

1) The Sauramps (Le Triangle) (must see)

The Sauramps bookshop, established in Montpellier for more than sixty years, right in the center of the town centre, is the second most important, independent French bookshop. It covers an area of 2 500 m2. It is located on the ground floor of the Triangle - the highest building of Montpellier and one of the most eye-catching landmarks. The rest of the floors are occupied by a hotel. Built in 1970, the step-shaped structure is at the front of the architectural complex of Antigone Quartier.
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Polygone

2) Polygone (must see)

The Polygone is a French shopping centre located in the Antigone Polygone part of the city. It is the biggest shopping centre of the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It was built in 1977. Initially it had two levels and years later, the third one was constructed. Some of the biggest brands can be found within the boutiques of the Polygone. Some of them are Fnac, Gap, Galleries Lafayette, Zara and Celio.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 9:30 am - 8 pm
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Place Du Nombre D'or

3) Place Du Nombre D'or (must see)

Place Du Nombre D'or is a square in the new quarter of the city, encompassed by a neo-classical building designed by architect Ricardo Bifill in 1979. In the middle of Place Du Nombre D'or there is a fountain that was installed here in 2000. It is possible to see it only when it works, because it is installed in the ground. The fountain is lit by 152 searchlights of white light.
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Place du Millénaire

4) Place du Millénaire (must see)

Place du Millénaire or Millennium Square is a long esplanade situated in the new quarter of Montpellier. It is decorated on both sides with shady trees, summer terraces, shops and restaurants. The buildings that are placed along the sides of Place du Millénaire are the creation of Ricardo Bifill, along with the rest of the buildings in the Antigone quarter of the city. It is a perfect place to take a walk or to relax and admire the modern city on a sunny day.
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Place Théssalie

5) Place Théssalie

Place Théssalie is another modern square in Montpellier. The buildings that form the borders of the place are constructed in neo-classical style and were conceived by architect Ricardo Biffil. This place's claim to fame is a fountain named Fountain Ephebes, placed in the middle of the square. The conception and development of the fountain is attributed to Cristian Breazu. It represents three statues of Ephebes showering under the running water of the fountain.
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Olympic Swimming Pool

6) Olympic Swimming Pool

The Olympic Swimming Pool is located in one of the most modern buildings of the city. It was built in 1980 and was initially conceived as a hotel. It is the most popular pool in the area due to its big size and numerous entertainment spots. They include a cafe, a solarium, a chute and other leisure and sport attractions.
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Esplanade of Europe

7) Esplanade of Europe (must see)

The Esplanade of Europe clearly resembles an enormous amphitheatre of green grass constructed in the late seventies. The buildings that encircle the esplanade are of an extraordinary grandeur. It is also surrounded by diverse cafes, restaurants, banks, administrative offices and a big hotel. The center of the Esplanade is marked with a statue of an ancient Greek goddess.
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Hôtel de Région

8) Hôtel de Région

The Hôtel de Région marks the end of the architectural axe of the Antigone. Situated on the other side of the river Lez, it was built in neo-classical style, like all the other works of the famous architect, Ricardo Bofill. The hotel is constructed primarily of stone and glass, thus making it very visible in daylight, due to the reflection of lights. The Hôtel de Région is placed in front of a huge, splendid fountain. It is the size of the Triumphal Arc in Paris.

Walking Tours in Montpellier, France

Create Your Own Walk in Montpellier

Create Your Own Walk in Montpellier

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montpellier is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Montpellier Religious Tour

Montpellier Religious Tour

Montpellier is a city with an impressive number of churches. The architecture of all the religious buildings is amazing and aside from the theological purposes they are fulfilling, they are also a very nice decoration for the city. Montpellier is rich in very old churches, but there are also new churches with modern designs that are a refreshing detail to the city's panorama, like Saint François. Take this tour to see them all and enjoy the "belles vues" around the old town churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Montpellier Museum Walking Tour

Montpellier Museum Walking Tour

The museums of Montpellier are an important part of the city's culture and history. They not only provide external decoration to the city's panorama, but they also concentrate on the far-reaching evolution of the art and other branches (medicine, history). Over the centuries, Montpellier has had the chance to gain an impressive amount of precious showpieces which are definitely an important attraction for visitors.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Montpellier Shopping Tour

Montpellier Shopping Tour

Montpellier, being a French city, has an abundance of shops of all kinds. Of course the shops that promote traditional products, such as cheese, wine and perfume are the most popular among visitors and the owners try to reflect in them the true traditions of the French culture. French designers are also very famous everywhere in the world and the products bought in their shops are perfect gifts for friends and relatives.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour

Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour

Montpellier is a very culturally developed city, boasting numerous art galleries. This tour will introduce visitors to the world of both modern and ancient art and will give everyone a chance to see the works of the most talented sculptors, painters and other artists. Some of the galleries presented here feature the works of the world renowned artists.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Montpellier Nightlife Tour

Montpellier Nightlife Tour

Montpellier is a city with a very wild and colourful nightlife. The younger generation is the main player in this phenomenon. Montpellier is also known as the "never sleeping city" and this is due to the incredible number of clubs, discos, bars, pubs and other such venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Montpellier Corum Walking Tour

Montpellier Corum Walking Tour

The Corum in Montpellier is a very interesting place to visit considering the number of events organized here. Its surroundings are also well worth visiting. Montpellier, being a very animated city, hosts a big number of diverse concerts, festivals, expositions and other such events and most of them are held either in the Corum, or in the Ursulines, Pavillon Populaire and Kiosque Bosc. The Corum area can easily be named the cultural wing of Montpellier.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Montpellier for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Montpellier has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Montpellier, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.