Montpellier is the fastest-growing city in France, thanks to Georges Frêche, long-time mayor (1977-2004) and recently re-elected president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Home to a major university and a handsome 18th-century centre, Montpellier boasts the region's best nightlife, shopping, and some great attractions. First, an excellent art collection in the Musée Fabre (00 33 4 67 14 83 00; museefabre-en.montpellier-agglo.com; open Tues, Thurs–Sun 10am-6pm Wed 1pm-9pm). Next, the wholly 21st-century Mare Nostrum Aquarium (00 33 4 67 13 05 50; aquariummarenostrum.fr; open 10am-7pm daily except Monday). Third, the flora- and fauna-filled Serre Amazonienne (00 33 4 67 54 45 23; zoo.montpellier.fr, open 10am-7pm daily except Monday). If you can afford to splash out, eat at the fabled Le Jardin des Sens (00 33 499 58 38 38; jardindessens.com), headquarters of twin master chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel; they also have rooms (doubles from €152, without breakfast).
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