MontpellierFrance

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Visit Montpellier

With its Mediterranean climate, its rich culture and its dynamic centre, Montpellier is a must-visit destination in the south of France.

The eighth largest city in France, Montpellier is ideally located between the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the foothills of Pic Saint-Loup. This highly attractive city enjoys a warm, sunny climate in a stunning setting.

Montpellier boasts many historic buildings, such as its citadel or the famous Arceaux (the real name of the Saint-Clement aqueduct), which overlook the city. Not far away, you can take a stroll along the famous esplanade du Peyrou, which is home to a triumphal arch inspired by the Porte Saint-Martin in Paris, as well as an equestrian statue of Louis XIV. The Jardin des Plantes is also a lovely place to visit.

Continue your visit of Montpellier in the picturesque and lively city centre, which centres on the famous Place de la Comédie. This large paved square is bustling day and night. You can enjoy a show at the Opera Comédie, do some shopping in the nearby shopping centres, or even relax outside a café or restaurant, indulging in a spot of people watching. In the middle of the square is the stunning Three Graces fountain.

Art lovers can revel in the collections of the Musée Fabre. Housed in a former town house and a former Jesuit college, it is home to around 900 French and European works, dating from the 15th century to the modern era.

To the south of the city, the Odysseum activity park offers a host of leisure activities for the whole family. Bowling, an aquarium and more besides, there's plenty to do for young and old alike. You can also visit Montpellier zoo, to the north of the city, to discover its variety of wildlife.

With its airport and the superb Montpellier-Saint-Roch train station, Montpellier is within easy reach of major cities in France and Europe.

Besides its dynamic atmosphere, climate and rich culture, Montpellier is also close to fine sandy beaches on the Mediterranean coast, for rich and varied holidays that everyone can enjoy.

Where to stay in Montpellier

Montpellier showing street scenes

Montpellier City-Centre

4/5Very Good!(11 reviews)

Noted for its historical sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Montpellier City-Centre. Top attractions like Comedy Square and Fabre Museum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Comedie Tram Station or Hotel de Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.

Montpellier City-Centre
Montpellier-Centre, Montpellier, France

Montpellier-Centre

Noted for its historical sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Montpellier-Centre. Top attractions like Fabre Museum and Botanical Garden are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to see more of the city.

Montpellier-Centre
Montpellier Cathedral showing street scenes

Historic Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(40 reviews)

Historic Centre is a destination travellers like for its historical sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to explore sights like Botanical Garden.

Historic Centre
Mare Nostrum Aquarium featuring street scenes and marine life as well as a large group of people

Port Marianne

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 reviews)

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Port Marianne. Top attractions like Mare Nostrum Aquarium and Odysseum Shopping Centre are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Millénaire Tram Stop or Place de France Tram Station to see more of the city.

Port Marianne
Esplanade de l\'Europe featuring a square or plaza and a statue or sculpture

Antigone

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Antigone. Spend some time visiting top spots like Polygone Shopping Center, and catch the metro at Leon Blum Tram Station or Antigone Tram Station to see more of the area.

Antigone
Croix-d'Argent, Montpellier, France

Croix-d'Argent

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 reviews)

This district is ideal for a family adventure, with its woodland trails, bowling alleys and wall-climbing theme park, where you can mix fitness with video games.

Croix-d'Argent

Top hotels in Montpellier

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
 Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
4 out of 5
£81
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Babotte's Tower, Comedy Square and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum and La Promenade ...

4.1/5Very Good! (23 reviews)

"Fabulous hotel! Wonderful textures and materials used throughout. Great room layout. Hotel walking distance to train and must see sights! Hotel bar and restaurant were superb...great service and food."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
3 out of 5
588 Boulevard d'Antigone, Montpellier, Herault
£45
per night
4 Jan-5 Jan

Located in Antigone, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of FNAC Montpellier and Place de la Comedie. Comedy Square and Fabre Museum are also within 15 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (859 reviews)

"Staff friendly and helpful, apartment perfect for our family."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Citadines Antigone Montpellier
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier
4 out of 5
£92
per night
1 Jan-2 Jan

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier, Comedy Square and Place de la Comedie. Fabre Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (330 reviews)

"Not much character. Few inviting public spaces. Awkward entrance off a narrow street up steps. Hard for luggage"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier

Popular things to do in Montpellier

Comedy Square
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Comedy Square

4.5/5(39 reviews)

One of the largest pedestrianized squares in Europe is a great place to come for coffee, to see some opera and shop for food and fashion.

Mare Nostrum Aquarium
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Mare Nostrum Aquarium

With thousands of exotic fish, a storm simulator, sharks and a tropical rainforest, this aquarium provides fascinating insights into marine life.

Fabre Museum
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Fabre Museum

5/5(13 reviews)

Step inside an 18th-century mansion to explore hundreds of years’ worth of art from some of the world's leading painters and artistic movements.

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden

4/5(13 reviews)

The oldest botanical garden in France contains thousands of plant species and trees that are hundreds of years old.

Lodeve Cathedral
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trover photo by Peije van Klooster

Lodeve Cathedral

4/5(5 reviews)

Lodeve Cathedral is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Lodeve. Amble around the area's forests or visit its monuments.

La Promenade du Peyrou
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La Promenade du Peyrou

4/5(10 reviews)

Walk between the arches of the vast aqueduct near the moated water tower in this dazzling park celebrating the glory of a monarch. 

Top activities in Montpellier

2H - SEGWAY TOUR NEW & OLD CITY - Montpellier
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2H - SEGWAY TOUR NEW & OLD CITY - Montpellier

£43

Journey through the history of Montpellier by Gyropode Segway on a tour of the city's new and old districts. Benefit from a training session to master the art of an electric personal transporter! Discover landmark monuments, such as the Esplanade.

Day Trip:Nature Sites and medieval Villages From Montpellier
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Day Trip:Nature Sites and medieval Villages From Montpellier

£43

On board our air-conditioned minibus, David, a local guide will drive you to the small village of Moureze. Discover the streets of this medieval village and its incredible rock circus with strange shapes.

Visit Navacelles circus and Foux's mill
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Visit Navacelles circus and Foux's mill

£43

During this day trip you will be able to admire beautiful panoramas, discover a small medieval village, a river, a waterfall, a resurgence and even a mill. But the most surprising is probably the famous circus of Navacelles and its impressive cliffs

Languedoc Region Private Wine Tasting
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Languedoc Region Private Wine Tasting

£144

Learn the subtle art of winetasting as a local vin expert shows you how it's done. In the heart of Lanquedoc, France's largest grape-growing region, put your senses to the test during a fun, hands-on workshop that shows you how to appreciate the many nuances in a fine glass of wine.

Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour
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Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour

£68

Delve into the wilderness of the Camargue, a coastal wetland populated by pink flamingoes, white horses, and black bulls. Visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park for up-close looks at the region’s winged residents, and take in the views from the church bell tower in historic Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Montpellier City Card
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Montpellier City Card

£14

Purchase your Montpellier City Card 24h, 48h or 72h and enjoy free entry or discounts for a wide range of local activities.

Reviews of Montpellier

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.51063829787234%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Beautiful city with so much to do. Excellent if you like small boutique shopping and fine dining. A lot to see and do within a small area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

A must visit is the Museum Brut Art. A rare find. Totally fascinating!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

Interesting and very busy, beware the many fast food cyclists and mopeds in the "pedestrian" area. Musee Farbe is excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Sep 2019

Using the trams and free bus easy to get to the beach

5/5 - Excellent

VanessaJ

1 Sep 2019

Love Montpellier. The old town is beautiful. Vibrant with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops. The beach is easy to get to by tram and bus (nanette). Surrounding countryside is stunning.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Overnight stay following late flight before going onto mobile home for fortnight.

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