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Montpelier is a true Southern France gem. Its attraction lies in its many inviting squares and their sidewalk cafes. This is a must-do of the south, sitting at the border of Provence and the Languedoc region. It's been a great trading port for a thousand years and was an important university town in the 1500s. This is an urban center with a real buzz, rivaling Toulouse for the most exciting southern city. It has a delightful Old Town and a great university that adds to the unique cultural life.
Leftist traditions have always been strong in Montpelier – the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, was born in the university here. Today, though, the city is keen to present its progressive and dynamic face – the latest Montpelier showpiece is a state of the art supertram network fit for the 21st Century which will even run out to the beach.