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Montpellier

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Montpellier - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault
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In the Occitanie region, just ten kilometres or so from the Mediterranean, lies Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc. Its rich heritage earned it the Town and Land of Art and History label in 2019.

To start exploring the city, head to Montpellier's highest point on the famous Promenade du Peyrou, a haven of peace cherished by the locals. Terraced gardens, an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, were created there at the end of the 17th century, offering visitors incredible views. From the upper terrace, which features a very fine water tower and an equestrian statue of Louis XIV, you will have a stunning view over the city rooftops, the garrigue scrubland all around, the Pic Saint-Loup, the Cévennes and even the Pyrenees on a clear day!

Next, head to L'Écusson, Montpellier's historic centre, thus named due to its outline shaped like an old French écu coin. Keep your eyes peeled to admire the traces of medieval Montpellier. One of the most striking examples is the Gayon mansion, built in the 13th and 15th centuries. In one of its former bedrooms is a magnificent medieval fresco depicting the life of St. Eustace, patron saint of drapers. Continue your exploration of past times with a visit to Place de la Comédie, created in the 18th century. This is one of Europe's biggest pedestrianised areas, at 230 metres long and 50 metres wide! It is a very pleasant place for a stroll between the attractive Haussmannian buildings, the magnificent Montpellier Opera House with its carved stone façade, and the sunny café terraces, not forgetting the elegant Three Graces fountain. The latter is an architectural marvel: admire the cluster of rocks resting on a circular platform, from which the group of the Three Graces emerges. They stand back to back, and seem to be watching the passers-by...

A 5-minute walk from the square, you can visit one of Montpellier's most renowned cultural attractions: the prestigious Fabre Museum. Its collections of old, modern and contemporary paintings make it one of Europe's most important museums. Stay awhile in the Columns Gallery, undoubtedly one of the most majestic rooms housing the exhibition of older art, offering a remarkable overview of 18th-century historical painting through its large-format works. In the modern exhibition, don't miss the Soulages collection, comprising some twenty paintings by the famous contemporary artist.

Further east, heading towards the banks of the Lez, you will reach a modern neighbourhood characterised by its Neo-Classical style: the Antigone district, designed by the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. Seen from the sky, the shape of this unusual, 900 metre-long complex resembles that of a key. Explore its futuristic world and discover its finest city squares, like Place du Nombre d'Or with its water jets, Place de Thessalie with its magnificent fountain inspired by ancient Greece, or Place de l'Europe with its arc of buildings and inviting lawns for a spot of relaxation.

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Montpellier

Seventh largest city in France, Montpellier has combined charm and sweetness of life of a southern city, and cultural excitement of the largest European cities.

Here, the charm of the old meets the extraordinary. Medieval narrow streets, ideal for shopping, vast heart of pedestrian city, the Fabre museum of Montpellier Agglomeration, one of the richest collections of fine arts in Europe, the Faculty of Medicine and its incredible conservatory of anatomy, La Panacée, the brand new exhibition and creation center dedicated to the visual arts that opened its doors in June 2013, the iconic neoclassical Antigone district of Catalan Ricardo Bofill, its design trams, not to mention the latest contemporary creations by Jean Nouvel, Massimiliano Fuksas, Zaha Hadid... But Montpellier is also and especially the Mediterranean Sea at 11 km, sites listed among the most prestigious World Heritage, the largest vineyard in the world, lively terraces and 300 days of sunshine by year. A pleasure destination. To live. Intensely!

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Montpellier pass: visits, activities, museums and transport included
Culture and education15 € Montpellier
Shopping for regional products at Le Panier d'Aimé
Local flavoursFreeMontpellier
Grand Tour of Montpellier by Segway - 2 hrs
Entertainment50 € Montpellier

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Exhibition "Art and Anatomy: Drawings Crusaders Atger Museum / Musée Fabre
Girl Power - Canceled
Tinder Surprise
Montpellier by Night
The King of the Kingdom
Therapie Taxi - Postponed

Domaine de Grammont

Contemporary architecture of Long lez
The Faculty of Medicine: A Historical Building
Montpellier Historical Center - the Essential

30, allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny

Montpellier Historical Center - the Essential

30, allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny

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Montpellier Danse
An unmissable event in the world of new danceJune / July 2020
What A Trip! Heyme Festival
International Travel and Adventure Festival September 2020

Photos

The Palace of Justice, the Arc de Triomphe and the Rue Foch
The Palace of Justice, the Arc de Triomphe and the Rue Foch
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View of the Saint-Pierre cathedral from the Place de la Canourgue
View of the Saint-Pierre cathedral from the Place de la Canourgue
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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Hotels

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