Montpellier

Travel Guide
Comedy Square featuring street scenes and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Imagine yourself in medieval France in this ancient trade and university town. Then take advantage of the easy access to the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

Where to stay in Montpellier

Privilège Hôtel & Apparts Eurociel Centre Comédie
Privilège Hôtel & Apparts Eurociel Centre Comédie
3 out of 5
1 Avenue Du Pont Juvenal, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is ¥11,629 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (637 reviews)
"Emplacement idéal et central pour visiter Montpellier."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Privilège Hôtel & Apparts Eurociel Centre Comédie
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
4 out of 5
11 rue Pagezy, Montpellier, 34000
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The price is ¥15,914 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (236 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Elisa at the frontdesk was very helpful."

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Novotel Suites Montpellier
Novotel Suites Montpellier
4 out of 5
45 avenue du Pirée, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is ¥13,331 per night from May 21 to May 22
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (456 reviews)
"Excellent staff. Breakfast was very good. 15 minutes walk to old town."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2022

Novotel Suites Montpellier
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Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
3 out of 5
29-31 Boulevard Berthelot, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is ¥7,957 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (227 reviews)
"Séjour agréable, équipe Appart city sympa et très professionnelle."

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Hôtel  Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
3 out of 5
11 Rue Pagezy, Montpellier, 34000
The price is ¥13,100 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3-star spa residence in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (185 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Quiet & clean hotel. Conveniently located within walking distance of all the major city attractions, public transportation, and Gare St. Roch (train station). High quality for the cost. Great shower & bathroom. The room was perfect size & amenities for 1 or 2 adults; I didn't go to ..."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
4 out of 5
20 Rue de la République, Montpellier, Herault, 34000
The price is ¥14,199 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montpellier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (404 reviews)
"The hotel was housed in a lovely old building with lots of charm. The receptionist was very nice and accommodating. The bed was wonderful. The room was very quiet. On the downside, the bathtub/shower is unsafe for people of any age but especially older people."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Odalys City Montpellier Les Occitanes
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