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La Grande Motte: a city like no other. White pyramids everywhere. Seen from the sky, La Grande Motte stands out for the sharp and uniform peaks of its buildings, which titillate the imagination of the spectator. Space ships for some, pre-Columbian pyramids for others, these architectural anomalies are today the pride and main feature of the city. Built on virgin land in 1965 with the aim of developing the Languedoc-Roussillon coastline, it was the playground of Jean Balladur, a visionary architect who wanted to make it a place with a radical graphic identity. Mission accomplished: in 2010, the Ministry of Culture awarded the commune the 20th Century Heritage label. But the aesthetic concept does not stop there. In La Grande Motte, design is a way of life that includes the four miles of beach and the many public gardens. 70% of the town is made up of green spaces, a fact which it is proud of, and it has developed a unique landscape architecture, combining modernity and nature. Discover this extraordinary place less than 20 minutes’ drive from your Première Classe Montpellier Est - Parc Expositions - Aéroport hotel, along the Etang de l'Or. Don't forget your camera: if there are cities that are works of art in their own right, La Grande Motte is one of them.
Palavas-les-Flots, a seaside resort where there is much more than just the sea. From your Première Classe Montpellier Est - Parc Expositions - Airport hotel, head directly south for about six miles. Then follow the tongue of the sea, where you can admire the lagoon and wild landscapes. You have arrived: Palavas-les-Flots. Surrounded by the river Lez and the Gulf of Lion, this seaside resort has gradually established itself as a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean region. Inhabited since the 18th century by fishing communities (who appreciated the rarity of its fauna), the village has since succeeded in merging tradition and modernity. You will still be able to enjoy the waltz of the fishing boats which supply the local restaurants and markets with the freshest fish at the landing stage. Take the time to wander around in the early morning: the freshness of the wet stalls and the cries of the seagulls are the most invigorating wake-up calls. This will give you the energy you need to discover the other facets of this city, which also seduces you with its nightlife. Always lively, always celebrating, Palavas-les-Flots is today a meeting point popular with young people and families who refuse to choose between rest and celebration, between sporting or relaxing vacations.
Dive into the Mare Nostrum aquarium. Get ready for a totally immersive marine experience in Aquarium Mare Nostrum, located in the Odysseum district of Montpellier. A fun and instructive dive awaits you not far from your Première Classe Montpellier Sud Lattes hotel. And with good reason, you are about to meet around 400 species during a two-hour visit. Inaugurated in 2007, Aquarium Mare Nostrum takes you on a journey through all the waters of the world thanks to a sophisticated setting. Polynesia, the Mediterranean, South Africa, Amazonia. The tanks are full of surprises. Indeed, thanks to the numerous restorations and sceneries, the animals seem to have evolved in their natural environment. Admire rare animals such as the giant Pacific octopus or the butterfly fish. Awaken your scientific spirit by taking part in the storm and underwater exploration simulator. During school periods, the aquarium organizes activities that will allow you to observe the animals in their natural environment. Feeding penguins, sharks and lagoon animals are memorable encounters with wildlife. A celestial mirror of these populated waters, the Galilee planetarium offers you a unique concept that will reveal the secrets of the universe. Film screenings and permanent exhibitions will allow you to learn more about the cosmos.