Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and also its largest city. It has grown since the last war from a lazy provincial town to a commercial metropolis, with a major wine trade as well as being the home for many technology-based companies, including IBM. The Montpellier university is one of France's largest and oldest, founded in 1289 and is especially noted for medicine and chemistry. The wide central square, the Place de la Comedie, with its paved piazza, is a smart meeting place and close by is a modern shopping centre - the Polygone. Modern Montpellier however has not lost its old seigneurial charm: on a hill within the inner ring boulevard, the delightful narrow streets are lined with elegant 17th and 18th century residences. The Rue Foch leads to the Arc de Triomphe, built in 1691 in honor of Louis XIV. Just beyond is a formal garden, the Promenade du Peyrou, which affords wonderful views of the mountains and coast. On the Montpellier Tourist Office site you'll find a host of information about upcoming attractions and activities.
Access by plane to Montpellier
The Montpellier Mediterranean International Airport is 7 km from the IBM site, there are daily return flights to Paris and many international destinations.
Access by Train to Montpellier
Montpellier Railway station, 5 km from the IBM site. From Paris to Montpellier, travel time is less than 3 1/2 hours.
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