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Montpellier Attractions

More tranquil than its southern neighbours Nice and Marseille Montpellier is an underrated gem complete with elegant private mansions and wide tree-lined boulevards. Built around a stylish old quarter the city was once a prosperous trading port and centre of education. It’s one of France’s most multicultural cities

with a large North African population bringing a flair for food that sits alongside the French classics. The presence of a huge student population - making up around a third of the entire city - means there’s an energetic nightlife scene to enjoy too.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Montpellier

Les Arceaux - Named for the arches of the aqueduct that runs through it you’ll find one of the city’s best food markets here. It’s a neighbourhood known for good living with plenty of bars and cafes geared towards enjoying yourself.

Figuerolles - The area around the Rue Faubourg de Figuerolles boasta a cheap market and plenty of international cuisine to enjoy. There’s a distinct North African vibe here with a number of excellent cake shops and eateries where you can spoil yourself.

Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle - A wide boardwalk that runs from the Place de la Comedie to the Corum Building. Many of the city’s main attractions are located here including the Musee Fabre and Champ de Mars garden.

Place St-Revy - A small square located at the end of several streets where you’ll find a number of impressive city residences including the Hotel de Jacquet with its 14th century Gothic windows.

Things to See in Montpellier

Don’t miss La Place Royale du Peyrou a wide esplanade where you’ll find the 17th century Arc de Triomphe and Aqueduct de St Clement. If you’ve got green fingers then check out Les Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens and art lovers will enjoy walking through the galleries of the Musee Fabre. Appreciate the architecture of the Antigone District with its neoclassical flourishes while the Saint Pierre cathedral is another highlight. Just walking around the old centre you’ll drink in the city’s unique atmosphere but for a taste of something more exotic head to the Figuerolles district and sample some of the stunning North African cuisine.

Things to Do in Montpellier

On sunny days head to the nearby beaches at Palavas-les-Flots Carnon or La Grande-Motte. There are good bus links making a trip to the Med pretty straightforward. Join the locals in a stroll along the Esplanade or simply sit on a bench and watch the world go by. The Parc Zoologique has a great collection of animals from across the world and an indoor Amazon rainforest attraction to explore. The new Antigone district with its Neoclassical architecture houses several top restaurants along the banks of the river and is well worth exploring. If you’re looking for upscale shopping then head to the centre of town where you’ll find exclusive boutiques lining the streets as well as all the leading French chains.

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Montpellier City-Centre

Noted for its historical sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Montpellier City-Centre. Top attractions like Comedy Square and Esplanade Charles de Gaulle 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.

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Port Marianne

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.

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Historic Centre

You might enjoy the historical sites while in Historic Centre. Comedy Square is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Louis Blanc Tram Station or Place Albert 1er Tram Station to see more of the city.

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Antigone

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Antigone. If sightseeing is on the list, Comedy Square is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Leon Blum Tram Station or Antigone Tram Station to see more of the area.

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Millenaire

Play tennis or go skateboarding in the sports complex, before attending the circus or theater in this leafy zone with castles and gardens.

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Croix-d'Argent

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.

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