Flagship City of the Mediterranean
Dynamic, creative, attractive, Montpellier is a thousand-year-old city with a surprising combination of traditional heritage and contemporary architecture. A cultural and sporting hotspot, offering a host of festivals, bubbling over with students, it invites you to come and join in the celebrations. The sea just 10 min away, the rising Cévennes just as close: what better place to live!
Delight in Montpellier's atmosphere
Have a drink on Place de la Comédie, THE vibrant heart of Montpellier: enjoy the atmosphere of the South, admire the Fontaine des Trois Grâces, the opera, 19th-century facades at a glance… Then head off for a stroll through the medieval side streetslined with some 80 mansion houses built during the classical era. On the agenda: shoppingin the trendy boutiques, a cultural visitat the Carré Sainte-Anne,… You'll see street artists on every city square and you'll find a myriad of restaurants, tapas bars and concert venues where you're sure to spend amazing evenings.
Just forget your car! Montpellier is to be visited on foot, on a bike, or by the tramway"dressed" by Christian Lacroix. The must-of-all-musts? A tour on tram line 4, to admire the monuments illuminated at night.
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MUSEUMS & GREEN SPACES
A breath of fresh air or breathtaking art?
Both! Visit the Fabre Museum, one of Europe's most important, admire 800 works of art from the Renaissance to the present day, including works by Gustave Courbetand Pierre Soulages.
And, while you're there, head over to La Panacée. This contemporary art space located in a former Royal College of Medicine, weaves together student life, a café, leading entertainment and successful exhibitions.
Then go greenat Lunaret Zoowith its Amazonian greenhouse, the Lez River perfect for fun water activities, and Méric Park, the oldest botanical garden in France.
Don't know where to spend your weekend... well, look no further
Some fifteen world-renowned events hold centrestage in Montpellier throughout the year: Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, Montpellier Danse, FISE Festival where the world's top extreme sports enthusiasts gather, Cinémed, Internationales de la guitare, ... Along with high-powered sports competitions, traditional and gourmet celebrations like Montpellier Estivales.
From Peyrou, a 17th-century royal square, admire a 360°C vistaover natural surroundings. To the north... the garrigue (heathland), Pic Saint-Loup... To the south: the Mediterranean Sea and, on a clear day, the Canigó Mountains.
Surprises galore in store
Direction Port Marianne, brand-new district designed by the leading lights of contemporary architecture around the Jacques Cœur water body. Admire the City Hall(immense blue-coloured cube designed by Jean Nouvel and François Fontès), the RBC Design Center, the Nuage (wellness space imagined by Philippe Starck) and Sou Fujimoto's White Tree Towerwith its balconies suspended in thin air! A stone's throw away, the Odysseum complex offers you a bouquet of leisure activities, including an aquarium and planetarium.
Since the Antigone districtwas built by Ricardo Bofil in the 1980s, Montpellier has gained a reputation as one of France's leading avant-garde cities for architecture.
Montpellier is a French street art capital. Rising talents of urban art and well-known stars rub shoulders, from the bikes affixed to the walls in the Écusson district by Mr BMX to the graffiti along Verdanson Quay.
Bike it to the beach from Montpellier
The sea's at just 11 Km from Montpellier. Rent a bikein the city and cycle there (Vélomagg). An 8 km-long cycle path follows the banks of the Lez, then Méjean Lagoon, populated by pink flamingoes, and continues past Saint-Pierre de Maguelone Cathedral,a jewel of Romanesque art built on a peninsula.
Take time out once you arrive on one of the numerous private beaches open from April through September.
- By car: the city can be reached on the A9, A709 and A75 motorways.
- By bus: Eurolines, Ouibusand Linebusconnect it to numerous European cities and towns.
- By plane: Montpellier-Méditerranée Airportoffers 31 direct destinations in France and Europe, with additional flights during summer.
- By train: TGV high-speed rail means Montpellier is just 3h15 from Paris (and other places!).
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