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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 showing street scenes

Montpellier City-Centre

4/5Very Good!(11 area reviews)

Noted for its historical 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, Montpellier, Herault, France

Croix-d'Argent

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 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 featuring street scenes and marine life as well as a large group of people

Port Marianne

4/5Very Good!(5 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
Montpellier-Centre, Montpellier, Herault, France

Montpellier-Centre

Noted for its historical 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
Pres d'Arenes, Montpellier, Herault, France

Pres d'Arenes

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Pres d'Arenes like its beaches and restaurants, and Goolfy Mini-Golf is a sight worth a stop.

Pres d'Arenes
Montpellier Cathedral showing street scenes

Historic Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(41 area reviews)

You might enjoy the historical sites while in Historic Centre. Comedy Square is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to see more of the city.

Historic Centre

Top hotels in Montpellier

Residéal La Grande-Motte
Residéal La Grande-Motte
3 out of 5
312 Allee De La Plage, La Grande-Motte, Herault

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage du Centre Ville Point Zéro and La Grande Motte Beach. Gulf of Lion and Parc Gonflable Kangoo ...

3.7/5Good! (196 reviews)

"Within walking distance of centre of town and the beach. Large swimming pool was clean with sun loungers for all."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019

Residéal La Grande-Motte
Hôtel SPA de Fontcaude
Hôtel SPA de Fontcaude
4 out of 5
1292, Allée des Thermes, Juvignac, Herault
The price is Rs9,052 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Situated in Juvignac, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Mosson Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fontcaude Golf and Domaine d'O. IUT Montpellier GEII ...

4.2/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"Massively enjoyed our stay here at this beautiful spa hotel."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Hôtel SPA de Fontcaude
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 Rs4,825 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kawa Theatre and Comedy Square. Stade Sabathe and Babotte's Tower are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (102 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 18 Oct 2019

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.

Top Holiday Rentals 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 Rs4,825 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kawa Theatre and Comedy Square. Stade Sabathe and Babotte's Tower are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (102 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 18 Oct 2019

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Montpellier Millénaire
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Montpellier Millénaire
3 out of 5
1684 avenue Albert Einstein, Montpellier, Herault
The price is Rs4,610 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Millenaire, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Chateau de Flaugergues and Zenith Sud. Mare Nostrum Aquarium and Comedy Square are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (540 reviews)

"The staff were lovely. But the accomadation is pretty basic. Wifi didn’t work really,"…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Montpellier Millénaire
Coeur Urbain Bedrooms - Gare St Roch II
Coeur Urbain Bedrooms - Gare St Roch II
9 Boulevard de Strasbourg, Montpellier
The price is Rs2,492 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower and Comedy Square. Polygone Shopping Center and Opera ...

3.1/5 (13 reviews)
Bad communication that made us feel very insure

"I sent messages before arriving but I didn't received anything till we got to the place. Then I contacted them again, finally they sent me instruction s to get in n get the keys. Also the place was Dusty. They left bags of used towels in a commen area. A Coffee maker n a stove didn't work."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2019

Coeur Urbain Bedrooms - Gare St Roch II
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.

Popular places to visit in Montpellier

Port-Camargue
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Port-Camargue

4/5(5 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.

La Grande Motte Beach
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La Grande Motte Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at La Grande Motte Beach, a popular beach in Montpellier.

Mare Nostrum Aquarium
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Mare Nostrum Aquarium

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

Lake Salagou
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Lake Salagou

4/5(4 reviews)

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

Montpellier Cathedral
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Montpellier Cathedral

4.5/5(7 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.

Reviews of Montpellier

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Beautiful city with so much to do. Excellent if you like small boutique shopping and fine dining. A lot to see and do within a small area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

A must visit is the Museum Brut Art. A rare find. Totally fascinating!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

Interesting and very busy, beware the many fast food cyclists and mopeds in the "pedestrian" area. Musee Farbe is excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Sep 2019

Using the trams and free bus easy to get to the beach

5/5 - Excellent

VanessaJ

1 Sep 2019

Love Montpellier. The old town is beautiful. Vibrant with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops. The beach is easy to get to by tram and bus (nanette). Surrounding countryside is stunning.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Overnight stay following late flight before going onto mobile home for fortnight.

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