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Highlights in Montpellier
- Excellent wine terroir
- Fabulous sandy beaches
- Impressive historic location
- Distinguished neighbourhoods
- Stunning panoramic views and walks
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The vibrant city of Montpellier is a beautiful and architectural location where you can choose the neighbourhood that better suits your preferences. The historical centre is l’Écusson, with the largest pedestrian city centre in Europe. For some more activity, Place de la Comédie et Corum is the busiest area. A bohemian and chic atmosphere is what you’ll experience if you stay around Les Beaux-Arts. A “boho” quarter where local life is all about valuing ecology, where old meets new and away from the frenzied touristic atmosphere can be found in Les Arceaux. Finally, if you are looking for modernity, head to Port-Marianne, the new part of town, still close to nature and not far from the beach.Rentals with exquisite French déco
The cute and cosy holiday rentals around the city provide comfortable accommodation for a great getaway. Romantic stays close to the beach and a stroll away of great touristic must sees. Fully equipped kitchens with well designed lounges. Exquisite interiors with light colours and beautiful decorations, some of them elegantly designed with very modern layouts. Families can opt for larger and sumptuous holiday rentals hosting up to 5 people, with more spacious rooms and a terrace to enjoy the summer nights.
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The area and getting around
This French city is sure to impress you. You are going on a cultural journey in this medieval city full of traditional and contemporary treasures together with a modern metropolis, not far from vineyards, mountains and the beach. Explore the city centre around Place de la Comédie and Place Royale du Peyrou. Stroll around the markets and bars of Figuerolles, the Arab Quarter. Don’t miss the street concerts and art exhibitions in Les Beaux-Arts. Around the centre, head towards the area of Ancien-Courrier and get lost in a maze of narrow medieval streets lined with thrift shops, vintage boutiques, high-end shops, alternative bars and art deco architecture.Discover Languedoc
Located on the Mediterranean, Montpellier is the perfect base to visit other gems of southern France. Less than an hour drive, to the south, you can visit the charming little fishing village of Sète, well known for its annual traditional boat races and close to the nudist resort of Cap d’Agde. Heading north lies Nimes, the ancient Roman city and a bit further up, Avignon where you can visit the great Pope’s Palace. On the way to Avignon you must stop at the Pont du Gard, one of the French UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is the old Roman aqueduct that carried water to Nimes back in the day.
Travellers and activities
A village inside another village! A laid-back and “hippie-chic” atmosphere in the heart of Montpellier. North-east of the historic centre, Les Beaux-Arts is like a little village itself. Plenty of little markets and art exhibitions and all kinds of carnivals and festivals happening throughout the year. A charming bourgeois quarter with an enticing mix of traditions, great artists and home to locals, millenials and tourists alike. Share a coffee at any of the sunny coffee corners!Montpellier for hiking lovers
Head for a two and a half hour walk between vineyards and garrigue near Saint-Brès and Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues or the one in Castries. Beginners and seasoned walkers are welcome. For a bit of a challenge you can climb to the top of Pic Saint-Loup, the terroir of renowned wines. This is a 6km marked trail that will take you to the summit while admiring stunning views of the Canigou and the Corbières. For a less demanding climb, Mont Hortus is a good option. And for a longer trail, take the one along the Bérange stream. There are also 6 pedestrian tracks, in the Métropole, from Montpellier, certified and tagged. Now put on your walking gear and decide a route through the diverse walks and landscapes!
Did you know Nostradamus graduated as a doctor in the University of Montpellier, which is one of the oldest in France and renowned for its medical school?
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From Montpellier is very easy to access the beaches on the tram and forget about the car. The closest one is Carnon Plage, a large and busy beach plenty of bars and cafes. The white sandy beach of Espiguette is one of the best around the area, with a wild windswept look, a few dunes behind the beach and a few pop-up beach bars. Palavas, La Grande-Motte and Sète are the other beaches you can go to. Enjoy a day out and bask in the sun!2. Porte du Peyrou and Place Royal du Peyrou
On the west side of the city you arrive at Porte du Peyrou, a monument similar to the Arc du triomphe in Paris. Just behind it there is the Place Royale du Peyrou, a big esplanade with a really long promenade and a water tower. Get to the top of the tower and get and excellent panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. At the promenade, daily fruit and veggie markets show the colours of French ingredients and on Saturday, the flea market is where you can buy odd gifts and many bits and bobs.3. Wander the streets of the historical centre
Stroll around the little winding alleys and maybe get lost once or twice , explore the area, do some shopping and grab a nice coffee at the cute little cafes. Admire the beautiful architecture of 17th and 18th-century mansions lining the streets. Discover beautiful hidden corners and little squares, like Place du Marche, a perfect spot for a summer dining al fresco. The 19th-century Opera in Place de la Comédie is also an impressive building. Discover the history of the city, relax and allow your senses to be lifted.4. Superb wine and food for your tastebuds
As we said, Pic Saint-Loup is a great wine terroir. Montpellier produces more wine bottles than any other country in the world, becoming the largest wine region: Languedoc-Roussillon. Superb Pic Saint-Loup reds to wash down your meals and crisp white wines ideal for pairing with seafood, such as Picpoul-de-Pinet. Enjoy the Mediterranean flavours, the mussels, some oysters and great fish stews. Appreciate the cosmopolitan flavours brought in by the African and Vietnamese communities. Enjoy your meal!5. A pink day out
South France is well known for its quality salt. Salt marshes can be found in many parts of the world, but while in Montpellier, take a day to visit the pink salt marshes of Aigues-Mortes flocked with flamingos, of the exact same colour, inhabiting the place! This is a stunning flooded area with a rich ecosystem that will impress the most experienced traveller. A truly mesmerising visual show you cannot miss!