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MontpellierFrance

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.

Where to stay in Montpellier

Montpellier which includes street scenes

Montpellier City-Centre

4/5Very Good!(28 area reviews)

Noted for its historic sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Montpellier City-Centre. Top attractions like Comedy Square and Esplanade Charles de Gaulle are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Comedie Tram Station or Hotel de Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.

Montpellier City-Centre
Croix-d\'Argent

Croix-d'Argent

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

The restaurants and shopping are a few things visitors like about Croix-d'Argent. Check out Stade Sabathe while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sabines Tram Station or Villeneuve d'Angouleme Tram Station to get around town.

Croix-d'Argent
Mare Nostrum Aquarium which includes marine life and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Port Marianne

3.5/5Good!(11 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Port Marianne. Top attractions like Mare Nostrum Aquarium and Odysseum Shopping Centre are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Millénaire Tram Stop or Place de France Tram Station to see more of the city.

Port Marianne
Babotte\'s Tower

Montpellier-Centre

Noted for its historic sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Montpellier-Centre. Top attractions like Comedy Square and Montpellier Cathedral are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to see more of the city.

Montpellier-Centre
Montpellier Cathedral featuring street scenes

Historic Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(41 area reviews)

Historic Centre is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to explore sights like Comedy Square.

Historic Centre
Pres d\'Arenes featuring modern architecture

Pres d'Arenes

Travelers enjoy Pres d'Arenes for its beaches and restaurants. Consider checking out Goolfy Mini-Golf while you're in the area.

Pres d'Arenes

Top Hotels in Montpellier

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
3 out of 5
29-31 Boulevard Berthelot, Montpellier, Herault
The price is $62 per night

Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kawa Theatre and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. Stade Sabathe and Babotte's Tower ...

4.4/5Excellent! (84 reviews)

"The apartment was modern, clean and spacious enough for four adults. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking but lacked space for preparation and did not have an oven, which reduced the types of meals you could cook. The WiFi was efficient and the televisions were modern and paired with our phones ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Hôtel Plage Palace
Hôtel Plage Palace
5 out of 5
336 Avenue Saint-Maurice, Palavas-les-Flots
The price is $348 per night

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from South of France Arena and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Parc des Expositions de Montpellier. Mare Nostrum Aquarium ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)

"all was good. did not have any issues with any aspects"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Hôtel Plage Palace
La Comédie de Vanneau - Acte 1 - 4
La Comédie de Vanneau - Acte 1 - 4
3 Rue Vanneau, 2nd et 3eme étage sans ascenseur, Montpellier

Located in Historic Centre, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Medieval Mikve and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Hospital Lapeyronie. Musee du Vieux Montpellier ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Wonderful!!!

"Adorable apartment. Exceptionally friendly and accommodating woman who cares for it. Couldn’t recommend more!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

La Comédie de Vanneau - Acte 1 - 4

Popular places to visit in Montpellier

Port-Camargue
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Port-Camargue

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Montpellier with a trip to Port-Camargue. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Comedy Square
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Comedy Square

4.5/5(39 reviews)

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.

Lake Salagou
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Lake Salagou

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Salagou during your travels in Montpellier.

Mare Nostrum Aquarium
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Mare Nostrum Aquarium

4/5(7 reviews)

With thousands of exotic fish, a storm simulator, sharks and a tropical rainforest, this aquarium provides fascinating insights into marine life.

Montpellier Cathedral
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Montpellier Cathedral

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Behind the fortress-like façade of this medieval church is a collection of biblical artworks and a striking-looking organ from the 18th century.

La Grande Motte Beach
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La Grande Motte Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at La Grande Motte Beach during your travels in Montpellier?

Top things to do in Montpellier

Languedoc Region Private Wine Tasting
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Languedoc Region Private Wine Tasting

$349
Per adult
2H - SEGWAY TOUR NEW & OLD CITY - Montpellier
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2H - SEGWAY TOUR NEW & OLD CITY - Montpellier

$55
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

$89
Per adult
Roman Sites : Nimes, Uzès & Pont du Gard
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Roman Sites : Nimes, Uzès & Pont du Gard

80% of travellers recommend
$82
Per adult
Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour - Morning
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Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour - Morning

100% of travellers recommend
$93
Per adult
Half-Day Tour of the Camargue
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Half-Day Tour of the Camargue

100% of travellers recommend
$76
Per adult

Reviews of Montpellier

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 15, 2020

I was only there overnight, but seems like a great city with excellent shopping and dining

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Insanely beautiful!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Beautiful old town. Some magnificent buildings. Musée Fabre.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

City center Montpellier is very pretty, however once you venture outside of the center, the neighborhood becomes run-down and dirty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 8, 2019

Beautiful and very walkable city with good transportation on the trams. Very vibrant with lots of night time activity. We located several very nice restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

Beautiful city,that’s the Reason I have visited it several times

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