MontpellierFrance

4.3/5Top Destination

Experience the history, monuments, and parks in Montpellier!

Montpellier is home to France’s oldest botanical garden and one of its oldest universities. Due to its southern location, Montpellier is not a typical medieval French city. Note the influence of Spain on the city’s architecture, sample fish caught fresh from the Mediterranean Sea and take a daytrip south to sunbathe in a Mediterranean resort town.

Begin in the Place de la Comédie, an open central square abutted by the grand Opera House. Watch a world-class performance here or simply observe the 19th-century building at night when its giant windows are illuminated with purple neon lights.

Walk just a few blocks east of Montpellier’s historic center to one of its newest developments: the Antigone neighborhood. Between 1979 and 2000, this area was entirely redeveloped by famed architect Ricardo Bofill, who is from the nearby Spanish region of Catalonia. The massive neoclassical buildings culminate in the grassy amphitheater of the Esplanade de l’Europe, which curves along the Lez River. Come to the esplanade on Friday evenings during the summer for wine tasting.

Montpellier’s history of prosperity and its rich artistic tradition have given it exciting and influential cultural attractions. The Botanical Garden, founded in 1593, is France’s oldest; it inspired the design of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Visit the Fabre Museum to see a collection of classical European art, including an extensive collection of drawings by French masters. Inside the Montpellier Cathedral you will find a canvas by Sébastien Bourdon, one of the city’s most famous native artists.

Take advantage of Montpellier’s Mediterranean location by visiting Palavas les Flots, which is a 20-minute drive south of the city. This resort town is located on a long and extremely narrow island off the French coastline. While there, try succulent shrimp or cod from local waters.

An international airport lies 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of the Montpellier city center. Once in the city, get around via the extensive tramway network and on foot. You will find that a pleasant Mediterranean breeze blows through its narrow medieval streets.

Known for

Skyscrapers, Museums and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Montpellier

Montpellier City-Centre
Montpellier featuring cycling, a square or plaza and street scenes

Montpellier City-Centre

Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments, Walking

4/5(22 reviews)

Noted for its historic 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.

Historic Centre
Montpellier featuring cycling, a square or plaza and street scenes

Historic Centre

Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Historic Centre is a destination travelers like for its historic 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.

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

Port Marianne

Known for Skyscrapers, Family-Friendly, Shopping

3.5/5(10 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.

Montpellier-Centre
Montpellier featuring cycling, a square or plaza and street scenes

Montpellier-Centre

Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments, Walking

Noted for its historic 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.

Antigone
Esplanade de l\'Europe which includes a statue or sculpture

Antigone

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

4.5/5(24 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.

Croix-d'Argent
Croix-d\'Argent

Croix-d'Argent

Known for Skyscrapers, Budget, Walking

4.5/5(2 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.

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
11 rue Pagezy, Montpellier, Herault
¥10,206
per night
Oct 23 - Oct 24

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (12 reviews)

"The hotel is across the road from the station and about a 10 min walk to the old town, which makes it very convenient. It's beautifully designed, and the rooms are very comfortable with great facilities. Breakfast is a little high-concept, but the food was good and plentiful and the coffee was great. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel  Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
3 out of 5
11 Rue Pagezy, Montpellier
¥7,959
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Historic Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Place de la Comedie, Polygone Shopping Center, and Fabre Museum. La Promenade du Peyrou ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)

"It was close walking distance to everything.The hotel was excellent the really great. A good time thanks"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
Citadines Antigone Montpellier
3 out of 5
588 Boulevard d'Antigone, Montpellier, Herault
¥7,138
per night
Nov 8 - Nov 9

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! (820 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Citadines Antigone Montpellier

Popular things to do in Montpellier

Comedy Square
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Comedy Square

4.5/5(33 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

4/5(7 reviews)

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

4.5/5(9 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

4.5/5(22 reviews)

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

La Promenade du Peyrou
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La Promenade du Peyrou

4.5/5(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. 

Place de la Comedie
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Place de la Comedie

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Place de la Comedie, a well-known historical site in Montpellier. Take in the art scene in this walkable area.

Top activities in Montpellier

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

¥5,974

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.

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

¥9,559

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.

Discovery Tour of Noilly Prat Vermouth Cellar with Tasting
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Discovery Tour of Noilly Prat Vermouth Cellar with Tasting

¥1,135

Considered to be one of the world’s finest French vermouths, NOILLY PRAT® is beautifully created in the South of France. Discover over 200 years of heritage and traditional craft at La Maison Noilly Prat in Marseillan.

Roman Sites : Nimes, Uzès & Pont du Gard
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Roman Sites : Nimes, Uzès & Pont du Gard

¥8,962

Visit a treasure trove of Roman sites on this tour to Nimes and Uzès. Before making your way to the remarkable Pont du Gard aqueduct, enjoy exploring the amphitheater of Nimes—which rivals the Colosseum in style and size—and the town of Uzès, with its impressive collection of Roman architecture.

Roman & Medieval Heritage Tour
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Roman & Medieval Heritage Tour

¥13,741

On a day trip through beautiful Provence, explore medieval towns such as Les Baux-de-Provence, Roman remains in Uzès, Nîmes, and the Pont du Gard. Make your way to the rolling hills covered with olive groves and vineyards to sample olive oil and wine at local estates.

Half-Day Tour of the Camargue
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Half-Day Tour of the Camargue

¥8,364

Journey from central Aix-en-Provence and admire the natural beauty of Camargue Regional Natural Park. Continue to Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of the region, where you have plenty of leisure time to explore the local sights and delights.

Reviews of Montpellier

4.3

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

City center Montpellier is very pretty, however once you venture outside of the center, the neighborhood becomes run-down and dirty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 8, 2019

Beautiful and very walkable city with good transportation on the trams. Very vibrant with lots of night time activity. We located several very nice restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

Beautiful city,that’s the Reason I have visited it several times

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 31, 2019

You must go to El Tapeo! Very very good food and good prices.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

Montpellier is a beautiful city with so much to see. Wish we had more time to go explore.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 18, 2019

Lots to discover in and around the city. Love the Peyrou gardens and monuments

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