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In Montpellier, where the sun almost always shines (300 days of sunshine a year!), the Promenade du Peyrou is a beautiful spot to cool off. Due to its higher elevation, the Promenade often catches a pleasant breeze. It also offers a beautiful view of the hinterland and coastline. Various monuments ooze history: the extensive park has been around since the days of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
Construction of the Promenade began in 1689, and by the beginning of the 18th century the location had become the regular meeting place for the Montpellier bourgeoisie. Wealthy ladies and gentlemen flocked here to stroll in the shade of the long rows of sycamore trees. Today the 3-hectare park exudes a less stately ambiance: it is the favourite playground of joggers, petanque players and dog walkers. Every Sunday there is an antiques and flea market and at night groups of students gather to make music in the light of the park lanterns.