Lovers of architecture have an ulterior motive for visiting Montpellier. Away from the old quarter toward the south-east of the city are three places to marvel at: Antigone, Les Rives du Lez and Port Marianne. Antigone was designed by Ricardo Bofill in a neo-classical style reminiscent of Ancient Greece, in which explorers come across copies of Greco-Roman statues
such as Victoria of Samotracia or Zeus. Jean Nouvel also left his mark, on the impressive new city building in the form of the Port Marianne blue rhomboid. Some of the world’s best architects have given these three suburbs a unique character, and they are now a Mecca for fans of contemporary urbanism.