Montpellier

Travel Guide
Comedy Square featuring street scenes and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

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

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 $65 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Kawa Theatre and Stade Sabathe. Babotte's Tower and Hotel Saint Come are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (156 reviews)
Au top
"Rapport qualité/prix au top. Très bien situé pour Montpellier et les plages. Accueil très chaleureux avec plein de bons conseils. Le parking est pratique."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Holiday Inn Express Montpellier - Odysseum
Holiday Inn Express Montpellier - Odysseum
3 out of 5
60 Avenue Nina Simone, Montpellier, Herault
The price is $85 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
This family-friendly Montpellier hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Odysseum Shopping Centre and Zenith Sud. Comedy Square and Corum Convention ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (926 reviews)
"Conveniently located for our vist requirements"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Montpellier - Odysseum
Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch
Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch
3 out of 5
6 et 8, rue Jules Ferry, Montpellier, Herault
The price is $68 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Comedy Square and Fabre Museum. La Promenade du Peyrou and Botanical Garden are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (494 reviews)
"Everything was fine, the room was convenient and clean. Just the floor of the room was a little worn out. The staff was pleasant and helpful. To mention that in the evening, the water in the shower was not hot, almost cold! In the morning it was ok, the water was hot as needed. Nevertheless, I would ..."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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 $65 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Kawa Theatre and Stade Sabathe. Babotte's Tower and Hotel Saint Come are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (156 reviews)
Au top
"Rapport qualité/prix au top. Très bien situé pour Montpellier et les plages. Accueil très chaleureux avec plein de bons conseils. Le parking est pratique."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Hôtel  Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
3 out of 5
11 Rue Pagezy, Montpellier
The price is $74 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Located in Historic Centre, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Polygone Shopping Center and Fabre Museum. La Promenade du Peyrou and Botanical ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (154 reviews)
"Very convenient location. Beautiful building."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
4 out of 5
20 Rue de la République, Montpellier, Herault
The price is $113 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square, and Hotel Saint Come. Opera National Orchestra ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (392 reviews)
"The hotel room was great, spacious, had a mini fridge, a microwave, and even a dishwasher. The room didnt provide daily linen/towels, but since my stay was only 3 nights, it didnt matter. They assisted with luggage storage and provided all information I needed. The hotel is only steps from the main ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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