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Montpellier may not have the fame and glamour of other cities of Southern France, yet is in no way inferior to Marseille and Nice; the hundreds of travellers searching for cheap air tickets to Montpellier will assure you of that! Montpellier, this beautiful medieval town, one of the few non-Roman settlements in the region, is a destination with elegant architecture and a skyline full of Hôtels Particuliers and a major art and culture hub. Honouring its great heritage, Montpellier remains one of France’s most important student cities; which means young, inspired and interesting population, adding up to the city’s unique energy. Plan your trip, book your accommodation in Montpellier and enjoy the combination of the marvellous Mediterranean backdrop, the medieval charm and the pure energy flowing all over the city!
Montpellier is the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France and, contrary to other southern cities, completely lacks any trace of Roman heritage. Founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse, Montpellier was one of the leading cities in the South and knew a tremendous development in trade, education, arts and culture.
The first medical school in Europe was founded in Montpellier in 1289, now the world’s oldest medical school still in operation. Notable alumni and students include Rabelais and Nostradamus!
Modern Montpellier is one of the most dynamic cities in France, growing at an exponential rate. With an atmospheric medieval core, a wealth of ancient monuments, countless galleries, museum and parks and a vibrant music scene and nightlife, Montpellier lets no one down!
The airport of Montpellier (Aéroport de Montpellier–Méditerranée) is located 11 kilometres southeast of the city centre and is accessible by tram and airport shuttle (Line 120).
Getting around Montpellier
You can get around Montpellier using the city’s tramway and bus network (TaM). Fares start at 1.30€ and minimum taxi fare costs 2.00€.
Your day in Montpellier begins at the central square of the city, the Place de la Comédie. Where once the medieval fortification of Montpellier used to stand, now is a popular meeting point for visitors and locals. At the one end of the square, you can see the building of the Opera of Montpellier (Opéra Comédie), while the centre is decorated with the famous statue of “The Three Graces”, a work by Étienne d'Antoine.
During your walk around the city, you will notice everywhere clusters of elegant buildings. They’re the “Hôtels Particuliers”, former residences of wealthy merchants, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Montpellier’s most notable museum is the Musée Fabre and it’s a landmark and a must-see for anyone visiting the city. The museum was founded in 1825 by François-Xavier Fabre with collections including works by famous artists, as well as his own. Since then, collections have grown to rank among the largest European art collections in France. Rubens, Poussin, Manet, Degas and Delacroix are some of the most important artists whose masterpieces you are about to witness in the Musée Fabre.
Make a stop at the Promenade du Peyrou park, once known as the Royal Square of Peyrou in honour of King Louis XIV. As you take a walk around the park, a monumental triumphal arch will catch your eye; It’s L’Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier and it was constructed in 1691 to commemorate the peace brought to the region by King Louis XIV.
Continue to the Cathedral of Montpellier (Cathédrale St-Pierre), built initially in 1364 and later rebuilt, following the catastrophic Holy Wars of France. Its imposing façade will remind you of a medieval tower and, once inside, you’ll be surprised at the elegant murals, icons and religious decorations – dating back to the 17th century.Montpellier’s official language is French.