Montpellier Destination Guide

Montpellier is an elegant city with beautiful architecture and tramways designed by none other than Christian Lacroix. Unlike its neighbours, Montpellier has no Roman history. Instead, it was established in the 10th century by Toulouse aristocracy and is now the capital city of the Languedoc-Roussillo. Montpellier is historically (and presently) a university town, with students making up a whopping one-third of the population. The lively, energetic nature of this young demographic certainly shines through and gives the city a unique and charged atmosphere.

Activities

With over 300 days of sunshine, it is an extremely popular destination for both French and foreign visitors. In fact, it is Europe’s fastest-growing city. Some of the main attractions include the Musee Fabre with its impressive collection of European artwork, Place de la Comedie (the main square) with its 19th-century opera house and the 14th-century Saint-Pierre cathedral or the Botanical Gardens, the oldest in France. The central square is entirely pedestrianised and surrounded by beautifully elegant architecture. If you prefer to escape the crowds, then head toward the l’Ecusson, an old and quieter part of town. Here you will fid authentic cafes, a flower market, ancient architecture and attractive tree-lined squares. Charming little alleyways lead to hidden gem restaurants and boutiques and you will find live music on just about every corner.

If you enjoy shopping, rue de la Loge (Montpellier’s answer to London’s Oxford street) has plenty of designer shops and chic boutique stores to explore. You could also take the bicycle track that will lead you 45 minutes out of Montpellier and into a haven of lagoons with pink flamingos and other striking birdlife along with stretches of white, sandy beaches.

Travel

Montpellier has its own international airport with flights to and from over 30 destinations and is located approximately 10km from the city centre. There is a bus service located just outside the terminal, which will transport you into the city.