Imagine yourself in medieval France in this ancient trade and university town. Then take advantage of the easy access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Montpellier is home to France’s oldest botanical garden and one of its oldest universities. Due to its southern location, Montpellier is not a typical medieval French city. Note the influence of Spain on the city’s architecture, sample fish caught fresh from the Mediterranean Sea and take a daytrip south to sunbathe in a Mediterranean resort town.
Begin in the Place de la Comédie, an open central square abutted by the grand Opera House. Watch a world-class performance here or simply observe the 19th-century building at night when its giant windows are illuminated with purple neon lights.
Walk just a few blocks east of Montpellier’s historic center to one of its newest developments: the Antigone neighborhood. Between 1979 and 2000, this area was entirely redeveloped by famed architect Ricardo Bofill, who is from the nearby Spanish region of Catalonia. The massive neoclassical buildings culminate in the grassy amphitheater of the Esplanade de l’Europe, which curves along the Lez River. Come to the esplanade on Friday evenings during the summer for wine tasting.
Montpellier’s history of prosperity and its rich artistic tradition have given it exciting and influential cultural attractions. The Botanical Garden, founded in 1593, is France’s oldest; it inspired the design of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Visit the Fabre Museum to see a collection of classical European art, including an extensive collection of drawings by French masters. Inside the Montpellier Cathedral you will find a canvas by Sébastien Bourdon, one of the city’s most famous native artists.
Take advantage of Montpellier’s Mediterranean location by visiting Palavas les Flots, which is a 20-minute drive south of the city. This resort town is located on a long and extremely narrow island off the French coastline. While there, try succulent shrimp or cod from local waters.
An international airport lies 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of the Montpellier city center. Once in the city, get around via the extensive tramway network and on foot. You will find that a pleasant Mediterranean breeze blows through its narrow medieval streets.
This district is ideal for a family adventure, with its woodland trails, bowling alleys and wall-climbing theme park, where you can mix fitness with video games.
Just north of the Place de la Comédie, gardens and student residences provide youthful and serene settings where markets and festivals thrive.
This lively zone has a 19th-century locomotive and a picturesque park with multisport amenities. Attend concerts in the theaters, go bowling or play mini-golf.
Filled with university students and families, this northern Montpellier neighborhood erupts with excitement for its lively annual jazz band festival.
Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2019
Reviewed on Oct. 2, 2019
One of the largest pedestrianized squares in Europe is a great place to come for coffee, to see some opera and shop for food and fashion.
With thousands of exotic fish, a storm simulator, sharks and a tropical rainforest, this aquarium provides fascinating insights into marine life.
Step inside an 18th-century mansion to explore hundreds of years’ worth of art from some of the world's leading painters and artistic movements.
The oldest botanical garden in France contains thousands of plant species and trees that are hundreds of years old.
Walk between the arches of the vast aqueduct near the moated water tower in this dazzling park celebrating the glory of a monarch.
Behind the fortress-like façade of this medieval church is a collection of biblical artworks and a striking-looking organ from the 18th century.
Journey through the history of Montpellier by Gyropode Segway on a tour of the city's new and old districts. Benefit from a training session to master the art of an electric personal transporter! Discover landmark monuments, such as the Esplanade.
On board our air-conditioned minibus, David, a local guide will drive you to the small village of Moureze. Discover the streets of this medieval village and its incredible rock circus with strange shapes.
You end up your stress when you are waiting for your taxi Private transport service only for your group. Travel direct to your destination without additional stops or waiting.
During this day trip you will be able to admire beautiful panoramas, discover a small medieval village, a river, a waterfall, a resurgence and even a mill. But the most surprising is probably the famous circus of Navacelles and its impressive cliffs
Delve into the wilderness of the Camargue, a coastal wetland populated by pink flamingoes, white horses, and black bulls. Visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park for up-close looks at the region’s winged residents, and take in the views from the church bell tower in historic Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Visit: Seaquarium, Avenue du Palais de la Mer, 30240, Le Grau-du-Roi France Unique in Europe : Seaquarium invites you to plunge into it’s new shark centre, “Le Requarium”, entirely dedicated to one of the planet’s fiercest predators.