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Is Montpellier worth visiting? How to See Montpellier with House Sitting Guide to the Best of Montpellier A Little History of Montpellier What is Montpellier Famous for? 20 Things to See and Do in Montpellier 1. PLACE DE LA COMEDIE 2. OPÉRA ORCHESTRE NATIONAL MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE 3. FOUNTAIN OF THE THREE GRACES 4. MUSÉE FABRE 5. ESPLANADE CHARLES-DE-GAULLE 6. PAVILLON POPULAIRE 7. MONTPELLIER CATHEDRAL 8. MUSEE ET CONSERVATOIRE D’ANATOMIE 9. MONTPELLIER BOTANICAL GARDEN 10. PLACE ROYALE DU PEYROU 11. CHATEAU D’EAU 12. SAINT-CLÉMENT AQUEDUCT 13. ARC DE TRIOMPHE 14. COURT OF APPEAL OF MONTPELLIER 15. CATHÉDRALE SAINT ANNE 16. EGLISE SAINT-ROCH 17. LE COUVENT DES URSULINES 18. ANTIGONE 19. HOTEL DE REGION 20. RIVER LEZ PROMENADE How to Get Around Montpellier Trams of Montpellier Rent a Bicycle Shopping in Montpellier 1. RUE DE L’ANCIEN COURRIER 2. MARCHÉ DE MONTPELLIER / HALLES CASTELLANE 3. RUE DE L’ARGENTERIE 4. GRAND RUE JEAN MOULIN Restaurants, Bars and Cafes in Montpellier 1. THE EGG (11 Rue du Plan d’Agde) 2. LE PETIT MOULU (43 Rue de l’ Université) 3. CREPERIE LE KREISKER (3 Passage Bruyas, 34000 Montpellier) 4. LES BAINS DE MONTPELLIER (6 Rue Richelieu 34000, Montpellier) How to Get to Montpellier Where is Montpellier in France? Trains, Flights, Buses or Car Where to Stay in Montpellier Day Trips from Montpellier MUST-SEE PLACES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE Pont du Gard Nimes Avignon Arles Aigues-Mortes Narbonne Perpignan Carcassonne CAMARGUE Visit Montpellier when you travel to France FAQs Videos

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Are you once again planning your trip to France?

Excited to be visiting Paris with the idea to explore further.

And loving your time reading blogs and scrolling Pinterest. Because France offers an abundance of beautiful countryside, quiet villages and historic places.

No wonder the hardest thing is trying to decide where to spend your time.

But if you have decided to head south away from Paris, make a detour to Montpellier, a city often overlooked.

Because people are discovering Montpellier is:

  • a vibrant city for a weekend break
  • a stopover between Barcelona and Paris
  • a city to relax and savour excellent French cuisine

Is Montpellier worth visiting?

Heck yes.Montpellier is a pedestrian-friendly city.

The main square Palace de la Comedie is always busy and vibrant. Popular for conversation and coffee, watching buskers trying to win you with a smile or just sitting near the fountain to watch people enjoying their day.

Palace de la Comedie is a starting point to see more of Montepellier.

From here you can also take a tram to the nearby beaches to see flamingoes. Or hire a cycle to explore away from the city centre. And check out the local tourist office for day trips to Barcelona, Avignon or Carcassone.

And if you get lucky enough to spend 7 weeks in this vibrant city with housesitting, you will be singing the praises of Montpellier.

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How to See Montpellier with House Sitting

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But first, let’s get to know Montpellier before you visit.

Guide to the Best of Montpellier

  1. A Little History of Montpellier
  2. Visit the Tourist Information Centre
  3. 20 Best Things to See in Montpellier
  4. Walking Guide to Montpellier
  5. How to Get Around Montpellier
  6. Shopping in Montpellier
  7. Restaurants, Bars and Cafes in Montpellier
  8. How to Get to Montpellier
  9. Where to Stay in Montpellier
  10. Day Trips from Montpellier

A Little History of Montpellier

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Montpellier is the second-largest city in the Occitania region of southernFrance.

In the 10th century, the Guilhem family of Toulouse built defensive walls to enclose their castle and rule the people. But it was when Montpellier was ruled by the Kings of Aragon, the city became an important centre for the spice trade, the Mediterranean coast is only 12km away.

After the War of Religions in the 16th century, Montpellier became the royal capital of Languedoc. It was in this period the city was rebuilt with a style of architecture unique to the city. And from the 17th to the 19th century, over 80 private mansions were built.

Montpellier is one of the best cities to visit in southern France.

What is Montpellier Famous for?

Education.

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Most cities have a university, but the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest institutions in the world. It was established in the 13th century; The School of Medicine faculty was founded in 1221 and the School of Law dates from 1160.

And their most famous student wasNostradamus who studied medicine.

When you have a third of the population as university students, your city is alive with chatter, music, and festivals. And evenings are abuzz with young people enjoying many outdoor bars and restaurants.

But there is more to Montpellier than its universities.

A visit to Montpellier Tourism Centre will give you the latest information on “What is on in Montpellier.”

20 Things to See and Do in Montpellier

Montpellier’s old town is best explored on foot to discover the small narrow lanes, quaint cafes in tiny squares and see up close the detailed sculpturing of the 18th-century buildings.

And you’ll find plenty of free things to do in Montpellier so you get to spend more of your travel budget sampling delicious French cuisine.

It’s why you need 48 hours in Montpellier to experience the best of Montpellier.

1. PLACE DE LA COMEDIE

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When the main railway station was builtin the mid 19th century (only 200m away) Palace de la Comedie became the main focal point of the city. It isnamed after a theatre that burned down in 1785 and 1855.

With the tram line running along one side and bars and cafes on the other side, the Palace de la Comedie is a vibrant place to observe many people coming and going.

2. OPÉRA ORCHESTRE NATIONAL MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE

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The Opéra Comédie is a superb Italian style theatrebuilt in the 18th century. Its current appearance is from the late 19th century after the theatre was damaged several times by fire.

3. FOUNTAIN OF THE THREE GRACES

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The Three Graces Fountain can be found in Palace de la Comedie and is a meeting point for many. The fountain is based on Greek Mythology’s Aglaea (the grace forbeauty), Thalia (the grace for good cheer) and Euphrosyne (the grace ofmirth).

4. MUSÉE FABRE

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The Museum was founded by François-Xavier Fabre, a famous painter in 1825 who wanted to retain paintings from the 15th to 20th century from awide variety of European painters.

Musee Fabre has free entry on the first Sunday of the month.

For opening times and prices, you can read more here⇒Musee Fabre.

5. ESPLANADE CHARLES-DE-GAULLE

If you are looking for a place to relax or walk off a delicious French cuisine, a walk along the tree-lined Esplanade Charles de Gaulle is ideal.

Place de la Comedie at one end, the Musee Fabre nearby, fountains and a children’s play area, makes it an ideal place to sit and enjoy the beauty of Montpellier.

6. PAVILLON POPULAIRE

Located behind the Tourist Information Centre is the modern photography museum Pavillon Populaire offering changing exhibitions of currentnational and international artists.

7. MONTPELLIER CATHEDRAL

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The Montpellier Cathedral is a majestic gothic church and was originally attached to the monastery ofSaint-Benoît.

The Cathedral suffered extensive damage during the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in the 17th century.

8. MUSEE ET CONSERVATOIRE D’ANATOMIE

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Next to the Cathedral is the Museum and Conservatory of Anatomy, created in the late eighteenth century with nearly 5,600 anatomical pieces and waxes for teaching. Y

The Tourist Information Centre offers a guided tour of the Faculty of Medicine in the former cloister of Saint-Benoît.

9. MONTPELLIER BOTANICAL GARDEN

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The Montpellier Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Europe, created by the order of Henri IV in 1593. Originally the garden was one hectare until it grew to include a systems school, an arboretum, and a landscaped park.

10. PLACE ROYALE DU PEYROU

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Promenade du Peyrou is one of the favorite places of Montpellier. The promenade displays a statue of Louis XIV on horseback in its centre.

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11. CHATEAU D’EAU

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At thefar end of the promenade is the Chateau d’Eau water tower supplying the fountains of Montpellier with water fed bythe Saint-Clement Aqueduct from the River Lez.

12. SAINT-CLÉMENT AQUEDUCT

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The Saint-Clement Aqueduct was built in 1766 to bring water from Saint-Clement to Montpellier, a distance of 14km. The water tower distributes water to the city’s many fountains.

13. ARC DE TRIOMPHE

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The Arc de Triomphe of Montpellier (Port de Peyrou) was built in 1692 replacing oneof the doors of the old rampart.

The Tourist Information Centre offers a guided tour toclimb 90 steps of the arch for great views of Montpellier.

14. COURT OF APPEAL OF MONTPELLIER

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This is an imposing building with large columns on Rue Foch highlights some of the stunning architecture you will find in Montpellier.

15. CATHÉDRALE SAINT ANNE

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St. Anne’s Cathedral was built in the nineteenth century during theeconomic boom of the city, driven by the wine trade. Its majestic belltower is visible from all parts of the city of Montpellier.

TheCathedral wasconverted into a cultural space in 1991 and now hosts exhibitions andfestivals all year round.

Nearby the cathedral, there are many cafes to sit and relax.

16. EGLISE SAINT-ROCH

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The construction of this church started in the 19th century and is yet to be finished.

The church is named after Saint Roch who was a native of Montpellier, a healer of plague victims and pilgrims.

Saint Roch area is a good place to enjoy the evening with plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes in the area.

17. LE COUVENT DES URSULINES

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The Ursuline Convent was built in 1641 by the Ursuline congregation for the education of girls and care of the sick and needy.

During the revolution, it became a prison for women and during the German occupation, it was used as an interrogation centre.

Today you can visit and enjoy performances of the International City of Dance. And nearby you can visit the Ancienne Chapelle de la Visitation, an exhibition centre for artists.

18. ANTIGONE

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While in Montpellier a walk along the River Lez will find you in the area called Antigone. This impressive architecture of buildings, fountains and large squares was built on a former army barracks.

19. HOTEL DE REGION

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As you approach the River Lez from Antigone, the impressive Hôtel de Région will hold your attention.

Designed as a glass triumphal arch built in 1989, it is the work ofSpanish architect Ricardo Bofill and highlights the modern city of Montpellier.

20. RIVER LEZ PROMENADE

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The River Lez Promenade is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, whether for a morning walk or run, or simply just relaxing with a book.

Cafes and restaurants, and a modern shopping mall nearby enhance the attraction of living in Montpellier.

How to Get Around Montpellier

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Trams of Montpellier

The modern trams of Montpellier provide an easy option to get around the city or to nearby beaches. There are 4 tram lines, each assigned its own distinctive colour and design.

Rent a Bicycle

Near the tram lines, you will find bikes for rent at a very low cost for the day.

Use your credit card for payment.

Best suggestion: take the cycle path tothe beach and find the flamingoes.

Shopping in Montpellier

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1. RUE DE L’ANCIEN COURRIER

The Old Courier street is a lovely narrow lane with many boutique stores. It was once a connecting street for the residence of King Jacques of Aragon 1st.

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2. MARCHÉ DE MONTPELLIER / HALLES CASTELLANE

For fresh fish, fruit, flowers, and vegetables the Montpellier Market has it all. Here you will find exotic products, decorative objects, fabrics, costume jewellery, clothes, old and second-hand books.

The Market is open every day from 7:00 to 20:00 except Sunday from 7:00 to 13:30.

3. RUE DE L’ARGENTERIE

Boutique shops for browsing and buying are one of the major routes in Montpellier.

4. GRAND RUE JEAN MOULIN

Shopping, cafes or tasty crepes, Grand Rue Jean Moulin has a rich heritage. It is a popular street to browse and shop.

Restaurants, Bars and Cafes in Montpellier

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One of the things we love about Europe, and France in particular, are the small squares surrounded by cafes and restaurants. They always seem popular, encouraging you to enjoy a long lunch with a bottle of French wine.

Montpellier is one of the largest wine regions in France.

1. THE EGG (11 Rue du Plan d’Agde)

If in the Saint-Roch district and you need a beer, thenThe Egg has a good atmosphere and food to enjoy.

2. LE PETIT MOULU (43 Rue de l’ Université)

On Rue de l’ Universite you will find this wonderful small cafe where the coffee and tea are freshly brewed for you. Make sure you try one of the delicious croissants too.

And while you sip your coffee, you can admire La Vielle Porte, one of the city gates from the seventeenthcentury.

3. CREPERIE LE KREISKER (3 Passage Bruyas, 34000 Montpellier)

Galettes would have to be one of our favourite dishes, both savoury and sweet. If you want to try something different but delicious, Creperie le Kreisker is the restaurant to visit

4. LES BAINS DE MONTPELLIER (6 Rue Richelieu 34000, Montpellier)

This very good French restaurant was formerly the Public Pathsfounded in 1770, and abandoned for over 40 years. It wasrenovated in 1998 to become the place to go for trendy meals.

If you are looking for some small squares to enjoy a coffee, you have:

  • Rue Joubert
  • Rue Saint-Paul
  • Place Jean Jaures
  • Place des Martyrs with its beautiful fountain

How to Get to Montpellier

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Where is Montpellier in France?

Montpellier is found in the new region of Occitanie, previouslyLanguedocRoussillon in southwest France. The city is only 10km inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Trains, Flights, Buses or Car

Flights are daily from the main cities of Europe like Paris, Lyon, and London. With Montpellier airport, only a 15-minute drive to the city centre makes it an easy option.

Trains are daily into Montpellier with the TGV station located within the city. Popular train connections to Madrid, Barcelona (3 hours), Paris and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (3-4 hours).

LOCO2 is a train service in Europe we can recommend. The website is easy to use and currently covers train services within the UK, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

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Buses are always a cheaper option for travel and we can recommend Ouibus and Flixbus.

Rental Caror travel in your own car or with BlablaCar allows you more flexibility to explore nearby must-see places of southern France.

BlaBlaCar is a rideshare option to use when travelling around France. It is an online site where people can offer ride shares at a set price and where passengers can advertise for a ride. The drivers are rated which helps in your selection.

Tip: Parking in or near the city centre of Montpellier is costly there is no parking in the old city. Our suggestion is to use OnePark.

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Where to Stay in Montpellier

When choosing accommodation for your stay, we have a few favourite sites.

But for us, we love the lower prices ofHotels.com where after your 10th-night booked, your next night is free based on your average stay rate. Always great to get a bonus night.

And when staying longer and needing the use of a kitchen, we use Airbnb. If you are new to Airbnb, then this link will give you a discount on your new booking. Click the link here⇒ Airbnb.

BlaBlaCar is a rideshare option to use when travelling around France. It is an online site where people can offer ride shares at a set price and where passengers can advertise for a ride. The drivers are rated which helps in your selection.

Day Trips from Montpellier

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Some of the best places to visit in southern France are within an hour or two drive of Montpellier are:

  • Hiking in Cévennesand its National Park
  • Beaches at Sete
  • Vineyards of regional wines
  • Historical landmarks

Montpellier makes a great base to see more of southern France.

MUST-SEE PLACES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE

Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard, just 80km from Montpellier or 26km from Avignon. This incredible aqueduct built in 1AD is 49m high and 275m in length and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nimes

Nimes is the place to visit to view the magnificent Arena of Nimes built around AD70 holding 24,000 spectators. The arena is the best preserved of all Roman amphitheatres.

Avignon

Avignon is just over an hour by car and is a must-see when visiting France. The famous Avignon bridge and Papal Palace are so impressive, are a couple of places to visit when in Avignon.

Arles

While Arles Arena built by Romans AD70 has a fascinating history toexplore, you may beinterested to learn Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh was based on his stay in Arles.

Aigues-Mortes

Only a 30 minute trip from Montpellier, Aigues-Mortes is an enclosed walled townfounded by King Louis IX in 1240, later to become Saint Louis.

Narbonne

Narbonne was an ancient Roman town in 118AD and only an hour from Montpellier. The River Aude runs through the city with the famous Merchant Bridge for shopping.

Perpignan

Visiting Perpignan in the region of Occitanie has the best of it all. Spain to the south, the Mediterranean sea 13kms away and it’s only an hour to the nearest skifield.

Carcassonne

Just under 2 hours from Montpellier this beautiful medieval fortress is the highlight as you approach the city.

CAMARGUE

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Finding Flamingoes at Palavas Les Flots only a 6km tram ride from Montpellier was an unexpected highlight.

If you have a rental car, you can also explore the Camargue for bird watching, horses and bulls.

Visit Montpellier when you travel to France

Montpellier is a city to add to your travel France itinerary.

When looking for new places to visit in France or Europe, away from the big tourist cities, Montpellier has plenty to offer.

With amazing architecture, French cuisine and day trips to nearby historical landmarks, villages, and cities, Montpellier is a great city to base yourself to explore the region of Occitane.

Only five hours from Paris and three hours to Barcelona, Montpellier for your next travel vacation.

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FAQs

How to See the Best of Montpellier like a Local? ›

20 Things to See and Do in Montpellier
  1. PLACE DE LA COMEDIE. Place de la Comedie, Montpellier. ...
  2. OPÉRA ORCHESTRE NATIONAL MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE. ...
  3. FOUNTAIN OF THE THREE GRACES. ...
  4. MUSÉE FABRE. ...
  5. ESPLANADE CHARLES-DE-GAULLE. ...
  6. PAVILLON POPULAIRE. ...
  7. MONTPELLIER CATHEDRAL. ...
  8. MUSEE ET CONSERVATOIRE D'ANATOMIE.
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How many days should I spend in Montpellier? ›

Three days will allow you to see the highlights of Montpellier and enjoy some trips to the natural sites outside the city at a leisurely pace.

Is it worth visiting Montpellier France? ›

Montpellier is a perfect holiday destination in every sense of the word and is worth multiple visits. Its Mediterranean location and sun-drenched squares are alluring. You will get the feeling that this is about the best experience yet in southern France.

What is Montpellier famous for? ›

Louis XIV (ruled 1643–1715) made Montpellier the administrative capital of the Languedoc region, famous for its wines. The modern city is a tourist centre and the seat of the International Vine and Wine Fair. Its industries include food processing, metallurgy, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and textile weaving. Pop.

Are people friendly in Montpellier? ›

Voted the 2nd happiest city in France, falling just short of Bordeaux, you're sure to spend your visit to Montpellier walking this warm and friendly city with a smile. There's something different about the people here. You know? There's a much more open, unprejudiced vibe and everyone is welcomed.

What food is Montpellier known? ›

Famous Food Locals Love to Eat in Montpellier
  • Cassoulet.
  • Les Cagarolettes.
  • La Tielle Sétoise.
  • La Brasucade de Moules.
  • La Chichoumeille.
  • Rouille de Seiche.
  • Broiled Meat or Fish with Beurre de Montpellier Sauce.
  • Le Ragoût d'Escoubilles.

Is Montpellier France walkable? ›

You should know that the historical center of Montpellier is the biggest pedestrian area of ​​France. So it's a pleasure to stroll among shops and charming buildings full of History. After walking for about 5 minutes, you should get to the Place Sainte-Anne where you'll find the Carré Sainte Anne.

Which is better Marseille or Montpellier? ›

Montpellier is a popular university town that is home to many trendy university students. It's also where you'll find the youngest population of any city in France. Marseille is a great city to visit as a student. It attracts international students because of its rich culture, unique atmosphere, and lively bar scene.

Is Montpellier cheaper than nice? ›

Which city is cheaper, Montpellier or Nice? The average daily cost (per person) in Nice is €105, while the average daily cost in Montpellier is €84.

Is Montpellier safe at night? ›

Downtown is very safe also by night, usually it's easy to find people around. On the other side, it's better to avoid the neighborhood behind (Sout East) the station and Mosson when it's late night.

Is Montpellier pretty? ›

Well fed and martini'ed after lunch, we decided to head off to explore even more of Montpellier – starting with some gems hidden in plain sight. The first of said gems was a 13th-century Mikvé.

How close is Montpellier to the beach? ›

Montpellier centre-town is located 13 kilometers only from the beaches. To ride to the beaches, it's really easy : Ride along the Lez and through Lattes to Palavas-les-Flots.

Does Montpellier have a beach? ›

Montpellier is part of the charming, preserved coastline of beaches and marinas of the Mediterranean. Montpellier has a particularly attractive, unspoilt coastline, with many beaches and marinas. Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, located 10 km south west of Montpellier, offers 3000 hectares of protected nature.

Is Montpellier boring? ›

I did not enjoy this city at all.

For me, it was way too small and was lacking this vibe of a lively city where people are busy and actually doing something. You can easily visit all the important monuments in one day. And if you're staying there for a semester, or for a year, it quickly becomes just unbearably boring.

Do they speak English in Montpellier? ›

Montpellier is a vibrant multicultural city with many English speaking visitors so most establishments speak enough English to be able to assist you.

Is Montpellier France expensive? ›

Summary about cost of living in Montpellier, France: Family of four estimated monthly costs are 2,921$ (2,853€) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 811$ (792€) without rent. Montpellier is 37.68% less expensive than New York (without rent).

Can you drink the water in Montpellier? ›

In France, the tap water is completely safe to drink.

What do people in occitanie eat? ›

5 Foods You Have to Try in Occitanie
  1. Cassoulet. Cassoulet is a specialty from Castelnaudary, a city in Languedoc. ...
  2. Ragout d'Escoubilles. In Occitan, the language that gave Occitanie its name, escoubilles literally means garbage, or leftovers. ...
  3. Tielle. ...
  4. Roquefort. ...
  5. Le Gateau a la Broche.
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What is occitanie famous for? ›

Occitanie is renowned for its fantastic wine production – with endless vineyards across the region, there are wines to suit every palette. The French have a wonderful skill of producing wines that complement the local cuisine perfectly!

What is there to do in Montpellier for one day? ›

Visit Montpellier in 1 day - Morning program
  • Babote Tower.
  • Place de la Comédie and its opera house.
  • Ecusson district.
  • Place de la Canourgue.
  • St. Peter's Cathedral.
  • Medical School.
  • Arceaux Aqueduct.
  • Peyrou promenade.

Where can I walk in Montpellier? ›

  • Free & Self-Guided Montpellier Walking Tour.
  • Montpellier Cathedral.
  • Montpellier Botanical Gardens.
  • Saint Clement Aqueduct.
  • Promenade du Peyrou.
  • Arc de Triomphe.
  • Eglise Saint Roch.
  • Place de la Comedie.
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Which is better Bordeaux or Montpellier? ›

Montpellier is a very walkable destination. Many of the sights and attractions are easily accessible on foot and can be enjoyed as part of a self-guided walking tour. Bordeaux is a very walkable city. The city has many pedestrian areas and large squares to explore.

Should I go to Marseille or Bordeaux? ›

Marseille makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Strolling the boulevards and exploring the history and culture of this city make it a top couples' destination. Couples visit Bordeaux frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. Wine lovers will enjoy an amazing weekend in this beautiful city.

What is there to see between Marseille and Montpellier? ›

Best stops along Montpellier to Marseille drive
  • The Bamboo Cevennes. Botanical garden. ...
  • Train à vapeur des Cévennes. Train station. ...
  • Planet Ocean World. On +2 other lists. ...
  • Seaquarium. On 1 list. ...
  • Salin d'Aigues-Mortes. On 2 lists. ...
  • Jardin de La Fontaine. On +5 other lists. ...
  • Amphitheatre of Nîmes. On +5 other lists. ...
  • Sautadet Falls.

Where do Montpellier expats live? ›

Castelnau-le-Lez

Located on the banks of the River Lez, Castelnau is part of the larger Montpellier metropolitan area. It's located north of the city and is a slightly hillier region. But this means better air quality, more open spaces, and a quieter lifestyle.

Is Montpellier hilly? ›

The city is situated on hilly ground 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast, on the river Lez.

Is it safe to live in Montpellier? ›

Montpellier ranking the most criminal cities in France

Out of the top 10 French cities, Montpellier is ranked 3rd most criminal city after Nice and Paris. Its safety index is only 40,26 while it is almost 56 for Bordeaux!

What is the safest city in France? ›

The safest place in mainland France is the city Rodez in the department Aveyron, north of Toulouse. There, 8 627 crimes and offences were recorded in 2019 for a population of 275,063.

Is Montpellier France a good place to retire? ›

Montpellier is a great choice for retirement due to the diversity of its real estate and the many different residential neighborhoods that it boasts (but more on that later). The city offers plenty of language schools for all different levels, including specific courses aimed at students aged 50 and older.

What is the crime rate in Montpellier France? ›

Crime rates in Montpellier, France
Level of crime60.62High
Problem people using or dealing drugs66.16High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft64.00High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery52.29Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery41.27Moderate
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How do you pronounce Montpellier in French? ›

How to Pronounce Montpellier? | Top 10 French City Pronunciation

Is Montpellier multicultural? ›

As such, it is now the fastest growing city in France over the last half-century – as well as one of the most multicultural – more than doubling in size from 119,000 in 1962.

Is Avignon worth visiting? ›

Avignon remains one of France's most fascinating and historic towns and is definitely worth visiting. It is a lively place full of culture and history for the prepared and unprepared tourists. Avignon's monuments and other tourist spots are just as magnificent as you have seen on YouTube.

Which is the best beach in Montpellier? ›

Top 8 of the most beautiful beaches and rivers near Montpellier
  • Petit Travers beach. ...
  • L'Espiguette beach. ...
  • Lido beach. ...
  • The small waterfall on the Lez. ...
  • Salagou Lake. ...
  • Carnon Creek. ...
  • The Devil's Bridge. ...
  • Vis waterfall.

Is Montpellier on the French Riviera? ›

Including the western half of France's Côte d'Azur, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is full of famous names such as Carcassonne, Perpignan, and Nîmes. Along the Riviera itself, Nice, St. Tropez, and Marseille are known throughout the world.

How do I get from Montpellier to Carnon? ›

The quickest way to get from Montpellier to Carnon-Plage is to taxi which costs €30 - €45 and takes 15 min. Is there a direct bus between Montpellier and Carnon-Plage? Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Montpellier - Station Tramway Place de France station and arriving at Carnon Plage - Civadière.

Can you swim in Montpellier? ›

The water is clean and of a nice colour, it's nice to swim while enjoying the scenery. If you get a bit hungry, there's a snack next to the car park.

What are the beaches like in Montpellier? ›

The Languedoc is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in France. They are vast, straight and sandy compared to the pebble coves and bays of neighbouring Provence. Happily, a lot of them are easy to get to from Montpellier so take a look at our guide.

What does the name Montpellier mean? ›

So what does Montpelier mean? “Montpelier” doesn't have a direct translation, since it comes from a place name, rather than a word borrowed from another language. The medieval French city of Montpellier was built on two hills, and its modest elevation seemed to give it a healthy climate.

Is Lyon or Montpellier better? ›

Montpellier is a very walkable destination. Many of the sights and attractions are easily accessible on foot and can be enjoyed as part of a self-guided walking tour. Lyon is a very walkable city. The old town is particularly walkable, but the hills can make things a bit challenging.

Which is better Montpellier or Toulouse? ›

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Toulouse and Montpellier, we can see that Toulouse is more expensive. And not only is Montpellier much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Montpellier would let you spend less money overall.

Is Montpellier a student city? ›

Located just off the south coast of France on the Mediterranean sea, Montpellier is a stylish student city. Home to several higher education institutes, including three large universities, a third of Montpellier's population is made up of students, making it a popular study destination.

How do you meet people in Montpellier? ›

A brilliant way to explore the city is with a running group; you can feel safe with others, be around people who know the city, practice what you have learnt on your French course and most importantly meet new people! Montpellier is home to loads of running groups that often centre around a theme.

How many days do you need in Marseille? ›

Historic, multicultural, and even a bit scruffy—a trip to Marseille in the South of France is a memorable feast for the senses. For a solid itinerary, we recommend at least two to three days so you can explore the city's famous port, its diverse neighborhoods, and the delicious food scene.

What is there to do in Montpellier for one day? ›

Visit Montpellier in 1 day - Morning program
  • Babote Tower.
  • Place de la Comédie and its opera house.
  • Ecusson district.
  • Place de la Canourgue.
  • St. Peter's Cathedral.
  • Medical School.
  • Arceaux Aqueduct.
  • Peyrou promenade.

Is Montpellier part of the Cote d Azur? ›

Including the western half of France's Côte d'Azur, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is full of famous names such as Carcassonne, Perpignan, and Nîmes. Along the Riviera itself, Nice, St. Tropez, and Marseille are known throughout the world.

How many days do you need in Nice? ›

To fully appreciate the beauty and charm of Nice, we recommend allocating at least three days of your travels through France to comfortably experience it. To make the most of your time there and fit in as many of the best places to visit in Nice as possible, you'll need a guide.

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