Montpellier, make an essential discovery!

Published on August 12, 2015
  • Place de la Comédie

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    Place de la Comédie

    © Ville de Montpellier

  • Faculté de Médecine

    © OT Montpellier

    Faculté de Médecine

    © OT Montpellier

  • Hôtel de Ville

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    Hôtel de Ville

    © OT Montpellier

  • Place de la Canourgue

    © OT Montpellier

    Place de la Canourgue

    © OT Montpellier

  • Terrasse Montpellier

    © OTM A. Guiraud

    Terrasse Montpellier

    © OTM A. Guiraud

Montpellier, make an essential discovery! Montpellier fr

Located in the south of France, city of heritage and contemporary treasures, Montpellier is a Mediterranean crossroad, an exceptional destination, rich in character. City with medieval origins, its alleys, the place de la Comédie, the Faculty of Medicine, or the Place Royale du Peyrou, attract visitors from around the world. It’s also a modern metropolis, open to architecture, sciences, contemporary culture and recreation. Yet Montpellier has many other assets. Unspoilt natural environment, offering a kaleidoscope of landscapes between the Mediterranean Sea at 11 km away, the vineyards and the mountains. It offers a typically Mediterranean art of living. Gastronomy and wines sun-drenched. Exceptional cultural and sporting events… a must see and experience destination! More than ever, a pleasures destination!

To make sure you don’t miss a thing in Montpellier and to make the most of what the city has to offer you, follow our top 8 things to see and do in Montpellier!


The place de la Comédie

The place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s iconic heart, is the top place to visit. Once known as the Place de l’Oeuf (Egg Square) because of its oval shape, it is one of the largest pedestrian precincts in Europe and is dominated by the imposing Opéra Comédie. The perfect place to see the city alive and in motion.


The Fabre museum de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

This museum is considered to be one of the finest Fine Arts Museums in Europe – its ancient and modern architecture makes it quite exceptional. It houses European works from the Renaissance to the present day and has a wing devoted exclusively to contemporary artist, Pierre Soulages. The city’s unavoidable museum.

Explore its tiny mediaeval streets

Montpellier boasts numerous tiny mediaeval streets, which bear testament to its proud past. Rue de la Valfère, Rue du Bras de Fer, Rue de L’Argenterie are sure to take you back in time and introduce you to a whole new world… Our recommendation? Forget all about your map, and just follow your instincts as you make your way along these narrow streets. Why not go shopping in the boutiques with their vaulted ceilings and visit designers, antique dealers and tearooms, or see some art at Carré Ste Anne and Galerie St Ravy... enjoy a journey back through time!

Push open the doors to private courtyards

Massive gates, huge, luminous courtyards, stairs with wrought-iron balustrades – Montpellier and its surrounding area together boast almost 80 private mansions of the classical period. Nowadays these private courtyards, veritable hidden gems, can only be visited on guided tours organised by the Tourist Office… However, keep your eyes peeled! When you turn a corner in the street, you might just happen on an open door and be able to take a rare glimpse inside. This adds a whole new dimension to strolling through the city…

Enjoy an architectural tour

Montpellier’s most striking feature is its diversity. Every quarter in this town is different from the next and together they offer an illustration of the town’s 1000-year history. A perfect blend of ancient and contemporary architecture, where you move between tiny mediaeval streets and feats of Pritzker prize-winning modern architecture, by architects such as Ricardo Bofill, Jean Nouvel or Zaha Hadid… everything, in one of four high fashion tram lines.

Explore the terroir through your taste buds

You cannot really know the real Montpellier without tasting a gourmet meal! In addition to the city’s 3 starred chefs, there are other simpler yet equally exciting pleasures; the opportunity to stroll through fragrant markets, taste Grès de Montpellier AOC and Languedoc wines in Montpellier restaurants or directly at the cellars and wine estates themselves and ‘folies’ (private mansions in the countryside around Montpellier) such as Châteaux de Flaugergues and Châteaux de l’Engarran.

Open up to the region wealth 

Less than 2 hours from Montpellier, not less of 6 wonders listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: La Cité de Carcassonne, Le Pont du Gard, le canal du Midi, les chemins de Compostelle, les forteresses Vauban des Pyrénées, les Causses et Cévennes…And above all: Put down your suitcases and just enjoy…Montpellier is not just a destination to be seen, it must be experienced! Strolling through the streets, sitting down on a lively, sun-drenched cafe terrace, enjoying a performance, seeing an exhibition.

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