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Welcome to Montpellier

Though often overlooked in favor of other southern cities such as Marseille and Nice, Montpellier—with its 300 days of sunshine per year—enjoys just as much Mediterranean splendor and wealth of culture. One of France’s fastest-growing and most diverse cities, Montpellier’s large student population makes it feel lively and vital, although exploring historical landmarks such as Montpellier Cathedral, the old town of Écusson, and the Musée Fabre are among the top things to do in Montpellier. The white sands of Espiguette Beach, as well as the protected wetlands of the Camargue, are also just a short trip away.

Top 4 attractions in Montpellier

Pic St-Loup

A beloved icon of the city of Montpellier, the distinctive shape of Pic St-Loup is in view from just about everywhere within the Hérault department and makes for a nice day trip from the city. As a part of the lower end of Massif Central, the mountain’s micro-climate harbors unique flora and a thriving population of birds of prey.More
Planet Ocean Montpellier

Planet Ocean Montpellier

Planet Ocean Montpellier is home to over 3,500 sea and ocean animals belonging to 400 species. From the nearby Mediterranean to the depths of the Indian Ocean, from the South African coast to the Atlantic Ocean and the Amazon, you’ll see wonders from across the globe in the dozens of basins and tanks.More
Montpellier Zoo (Zoo de Montpellier)

Montpellier Zoo (Zoo de Montpellier)

The Montpellier Zoo (Zoo de Montpellier) covers 80 hectares (198 acres) just north of the city center. Opened in 1964, the zoo has the look and feel of a safari park with open enclosures where most of the wild animals roam free. With 120 species and 1,104 animals, the zoo covers a lot of ground, from zebra and lions to lizards and birds.More
Pharmacie de la Misericorde

Pharmacie de la Misericorde

Housed within an old apothecary, this small two-room museum spotlights the pharmaceutical history of Montpellier, a city with a long-standing medical heritage. Exhibits include ceramic pots, barrels, mortars, and other vessels and tools—made mostly in Montpellier and used to make and store various medical remedies and antidotes.More
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All about Montpellier

When to visit

Montpellier is one of the sunniest cities in France, and during the summer months the thermostat can climb up to scorching highs above 100°F (38°C). This is good news for sun-chasers and anyone wanting to work on their tan, though the southerly city can be crowded during the summer, especially during the August holidays. For a calmer experience, aim for the spring or autumn shoulder seasons to enjoy the warmth without too much sweat.

Getting around

Montpellier is well-connected thanks to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport and its two train stations, Montpellier Saint-Roch and Montpellier Sud de France, both of which link the city to domestic and international destinations. Montpellier itself is served by multiple convenient tram lines and bus routes, as well as a summertime shuttle bus that connects the city to area beaches. The city itself is walkable and cycle-friendly.

Traveler tips

Central Montpellier isn’t right on the coast, but it’s only a short trip by public transportation, car, or bike to the Languedoc seafront. Two of the most popular and well-known beaches are Carnon Plage and Plage de L’Espiguette, while other worthy stretches of shoreline include the dramatic Plage de la Grande Conque and the sandy Plage du Petit Travers.

People Also Ask

What is Montpellier famous for?

Montpellier is famous for having one of the world’s oldest universities (dating from 1220) and the oldest still-operational medical school. The university is a Montpellier crowning glory, and it welcomes more than 40,000 students yearly. The Porte du Peyrou predates the Arc de Triomphe and was built in 1693.

Is Montpellier worth visiting?

Yes, Montpellier is worth visiting. It’s the fastest growing French city, attracting residents with its Mediterranean climate, thriving arts scene, and laid-back lifestyle. The closest beaches are 30 minutes by car and closer is l’Étang de l’Or, a freshwater and saltwater lake home to more than 10,000 bird species.

What is in Montpellier, France?

Montpellier is full of baroque churches, museums and art galleries, food and flea markets, and one of the oldest universities in the world, dating from the 13th century. And that’s just in the city. A stone’s throw away are beaches, lagoons, vineyards, châteaux, and pink salt flats with resident flamingos.

How many days should I spend in Montpellier?

With just a weekend, spend a busy few days exploring Montpellier’s churches, museums, galleries, and eateries, including 11 Michelin-starred restaurants. With three or more days, visit nearby vineyards and étangs, or lagoons. Étang de Thau is good for oysters, and there are flamingos at nearby pink salt flats of Camargue.

What food is Montpellier known for?

Montpellier is on the Mediterranean, and the cuisine—with plenty of seafood dishes—reflects that. Mussels, squid-octopus pie, and cuttlefish pasta are mainstays. Cassoulet, a hearty meat and white bean stew, originated in the region. There are plenty of local wines from Languedoc-Roussillon to pair with your meals, too.

Does Montpellier have a beach?

Montpellier itself doesn’t have a beach, but a 30-minute drive, bus journey, or tram ride takes you to the coast. The closest beach is Plage Carnon, which is long and sandy with a bustling marina and many bars and restaurants.


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