La Promenade Royale du Peyrou
Just on the borders of Montpellier’s old town, Écusson, lies the stunning Promenade Royale du Peyrou, the tree-lined esplanade starting just after Montpellier’s own arc de triomphe and leading up to the magnificent 18th-century hexagonal Château d’Eau designed by architect Henri Pitot. The entrance to the park is guarded by two marble lion statues and, as you enter, you’ll be greeted by the gargantuan bronze statue of the ‘sun king’ Louis XIV. Take a stroll along the esplanade, relax on the lush green lawns or simply admire the view from the top of the Château d’Eau. Surrounding the now unused water tower is a picturesque moat and two symmetrical curved staircases to climb higher and glean better views over the adjoining (but now defunct) Roman aqueduct; on clear days you can see all the way to the Mediterranean.