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

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, 34000
The price is $62 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$62
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (721 reviews)
"Blah"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Best Western Plus Hotel Comedie Saint-Roch
Courtyard by Marriott Montpellier
Courtyard by Marriott Montpellier
4 out of 5
105, Place Georges Freche, Rue du Chelia, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is $109 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
$109
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (526 reviews)
Good option
"A nice modern hotel with good size rooms. The pool is good to swim but tucked away it needed a bar but more a business hotel. Good tourist advice and info from staff. Staff excellant. Resturant food good but limited menu.well located by tram for into centre of town or towards beach. Would stay again ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Montpellier
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier
4 out of 5
3 rue Clos René, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is $101 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$101
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (472 reviews)
"Loved loved loved the Oceania Metropole in Montpellier! We enjoyed our stay very much! The hotel staff was welcoming and very friendly. They arranged for pick up from and to airport. The rooms were large and comfortable.. modern.. very clean! Nice towels and comfortable mattress and pillows. The ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier
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 Millénaire
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Millénaire
3 out of 5
418, Rue du Mas de Verchant, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (549 reviews)
Non, non. non
"5 euros pour avoir le privilège de se garer à l'extérieur de l'hôtel... Accueilli par quelqu'un qui se prend pour un gardien de prison... À votre avis, j'i retournerai ?"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Millénaire
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
3 out of 5
588 Boulevard d'Antigone, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,029 reviews)
Clean but in need of an update
"Clean rooms, but facilites were old and in need of an update. Very friendly staff and a good location for airport shuttle and access into city centre."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Citadines Antigone 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, 34000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (328 reviews)
"Bien situé… tout près de la gare St-Roch Très propre! Déjeuner inclus vraiment impressionnant Juste WOW!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare 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.

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