Rennes owes its openmindedness and vitality to its 65 500-strong student population and its avant-garde cultural diversity. The city strikes an audacious balance between its medieval past - preserved in its twisting and turning streets -, its two elegant 18C royal squares, and the contemporary architecture of a metropolis in step with the times. You can also get a feel for the place in its cafés, shops and magnificent arches, including Les Lices.
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