This Roman Catholic cathedral is a national monument of France and was originally a church founded in 1364 (it became a cathedral in 1536). This stunning building has beautiful stained glass, wonderful old religious paintings and an attached garden. This is an attraction well worth a visit.
Maguelone (or Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone), a few miles south of Montpellier, is home to a magical lagoon landscape with beaches, sand dunes, islands, and a gigantic 17th-century cathedral. There are plenty of relaxing and active pursuits to explore in the area - from water sports to bird watching.
A wide open beach that stands out and goes on for miles, a great place to swim and walk. The shallow water makes it safe for younger swimmers. This popular beach can get quite busy and crowded during summer time, but is well worth a visit. Touristic infrastructure is well-developed.
One of the biggest museums in France, exhibiting nearly 800 works with Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French collections. Admire works from the 16th-18th centuries from painters like Zurbaran, Reynolds, Tenier, Veronese and Monet. On display are ceramics, sculptures and contemporary paintings.
The park is home to 750 animals and 145 species in an 80-hectare area. It is classed as a "Free Animal Reserve and Refuge". It is located in the North of Montpellier with beautiful vegetation. This is a great attraction for the whole family. Do waer your walking shoes, as the park is a large one.
Place de la Comedie is a stunning square with a great buzz. This is a place where you can grab a cup of coffee whilst absorbing the beauty of the grand old buildings and watching the world go by. There are plenty of restaurants and bars too. It is also here that you will find the Opera House.
Located in an authentic paleontological site, this dinosaur park is the largest one of its kind in Europe, and well worth a day trip from Montpellier. Containing real fossil displays as well as life-size dinosaur models (meet the Brachiosaurus - some 25 meter long), it is a fun passtime for all.
One of the attractions housed inside the Odysseum, the Planétarium Galilée is a place that brings science and entertainment together via a variety of activities for everyone. Its main draw is probably the IMAX theatre, showing fascinating educational films on an enormous screen.
St-Loup is the highest observation point in the Montpellier area, and a perfect place to go for a rewarding hike. The reward awaits at the very top, when lush valleys below unfold to reveal breathtaking panoramic views. Comfortable covered shoes are essential. Paths varying in degrees of difficulty.
This hard-to-miss building, located in very close proximity to the Tourist Office, regularly hosts a wealth of photography exhibitions featuring works of local and international photographers. Exposition changes frequently, so stop by to see what is on display when you're in town.
There are multiple companies offering wine tours to wineries in Montpellier area. Some include a visit to an olive farm (and other activities), followed by a tour of one of the regional wineries, which usually includes a wine tasting session. One company organizing tours of the kind is Montpellier Wine Tours:
From the outside, Carre Sainte-Anne deceptively looks like just another church. Those who do venture inside, however, will be surprised to see the refurbished space that has been turned into a contemporary exhibition pavilion, with expositions designed to resonate with the unusual nature of the space.
The Mikve bathhouse draws its water from an underground well. It is one of the few remaining buildings from the medieval period when the city had a thriving Jewish population started by a community that was expelled from Spain around 8 centuries ago. Historically, it was reserved for women only.
Playfood takes on an innovative approach food preparation and presentation - all dishes are served in small glasses, allowing diners to sample a whole variety of flavors in one sitting. Desserts are served in small glasses as well - a full meal would typically include 9 glasses in total.
The city’s gourmet crowd has frequented La Maison de la Lozère on rue Aiguillerie year after year. The rustic cooking has its roots in the Lozère area, an upland and scarcely populated part of Languedoc. The sampling menu is recommended for those with a good appetite.
Burger'N'Co is an American diner-inspired restaurant and is a great place for juicy burgers. Take a seat inside and dine to classic rock'n'roll played in the background. To get that amazing taste, all burgers are prepared with fresh ingredients. The joint has 2 locations in the city.
La Coquille is a charming French restaurant located in the old part of the town on a romantic square, not far from the cathedral. It is usually packed with locals - a tell-tale sign when it comes to eateries. If the weather permits, take a seat in the outside terrace with a small flower garden.
This French restaurant serves inventive and well-portioned dishes in a warm and romantic setting; it's a restaurant where you can enjoy well-prepared traditional cuisine. The ambiance is rather formal, and the space is popular for special occasions. There is also a good selection of fine wines.
Sicilia Beach is a family run restaurant, a hidden gem in Montpellier. On the menu you will find excellent Italian food and if you are very hungry, you have come to the right place, as the portions are known to be extremely generous. All the food and wine is reasonably priced.
For a break from classic French flavors, try the excellent Argentinean eatery Empanadas Club, located in the heart of the city. There are 8 different varieties to choose from (with vegetarian ones available). The empanadas are made in-house and served with a traditional Chimichurri sauce.
As the name indicates, this café offers Fairtraide coffee from all around the world. Here you can taste coffee from Kenya or Panama, and of course they have different tea flavours too. The cafe is also one of the city's favorite places for dessert, so book in advance to ensure being seated.
Kafelin is a cafe with a rather unusual concept. Apart from having the normal coffees and desserts, customers get to interact with the cafe's many furry residents - it is home to several breeds of cats who roam free around the space, laying down to rest on patron's lap if they so please.
Coffee Club enjoys a great reputation for its coffee - some say, it is among the best offered in the city. Non-dairy milk substitutes are available upon request. Other drinks include teas, hot chocolate, and even fresh fruit smoothies. Serves salads and quiches, and a variety of desserts.
This innovative cocktail bar is not afraid to think outside the box and leave convention behind - most of their cocktails are served in ways least expected by patrons, which never fail to pleasantly surprise. If in doubt, tell the bartender about your preferences and get a customized drink.
Five bars and clubs – the largest of which has a capacity of 1,000 people – share this space, and rock is far not the only music genre played. There’s no risk of missing the entrance to Rockstore: above it, a suspended bright red Cadillac looks like it’s had a head-on collision with the building.
The Fizz is a nightclub popular with the young student crowd. They regularly hold themed parties (fluorescent or bohemian chic, for example - check the schedule to see what's on when you're in town). Tuesdays are usually ladies' nights, when all female visitors are entitled to a free drink.
The pub's welcoming atmosphere makes it an easy favorite for local sports fans, many of whom regulars. As well-expected from an Irish pub, it serves Guinness and a selection of other beers. Seating available inside (to see live broadcasts) and outside in the lively square.
Known for its hip vibe, Los Parigos is a lively bar in the heart of Montpellier. It gets very busy at night, teeming with customers both inside its compact space and in the seating area outside. It offers a decent selection of bistro food and drinks (wine and cocktails are a specialty).
It's all about the beer at this (rather compact) bar, which packs quite a punch with its 800 bottled beer varieties and several drafts on tap. Some say, the places's selection is some of the best in France. When the weather permits, a small outside seating area is arranged.
A longstanding local bar, the Egg has managed to preserve the pleasant vibe it has been known for through the years. The centrally located bar and bistro is very popular with locals, and serves beers and wine as well as some decent pub grub (the menu varies depending on the season).
An oddity of a venue, the Ozone BG is an establishment that brings a bar, cafe and hair salon together under one roof, bringing to life the concept of "party and a makeover". Customers are welcome to indulge in snacks and drinks all while having professional hair stylists work magic on their hair.
This British pub, housed in an authentic 14th century building, enjoys a great popularity among students, and regularly hosts quiz nights (in English, naturally). The pub offers incredible deals on alcoholic drinks and cocktails. It's younger sibling, the Robin Hood bar, is located right next door.
Rue de la Loge is the main shopping strip in Montpellier. The street starts at Place de la Comédie, and is a good starting point for city walks. There are many individual stores and boutiques lining the street on either side - from international High Street names to local independent shops.
There are many interior design, fashion and souvenir shops in the Old Town. Visit Zapa (on 18, Rue Foch) for their women’s fashions designed in-house, and go for the handmade notebooks at Trait (on 24, Rue de l’Aiguillerie). There are plenty of independent local and international chain stores to choose from.
Odysseum is a large open-air shopping and entertainment center. With its multiple stores and boutiques (featuring recognisable international High Street brand names), restaurants, cafes, a cinema, and the city Aquarium and Planetarium, it guarantees an enjoyable day out for the whole family.
A magical gem of a shop, this toy store with several themed rooms (Magical Forest or Spaceship, for example) will keep you browsing for hours. Look at artisan toys, card and board games, brainteasers, and a whole range of unique collector items - gift ideas await at every turn.
Le Polygone is a centrally located shopping mall, with a decent selection of stores and boutiques. It houses the famous French department store Galeries Lafayette, a Monoprix (another well-known French name), and various international brand shops (Mango, Gap, Zara, and Lacoste to name a few).
This weekly market gathers a plethora of vendors every Sunday in Montpelier's Peyrou Park. Items on sale are rather varied, and include anything and everything from textiles to books to jewelry. Many are authentic French pieces dating back to the mid- to late 20th century.
A must-do for game lovers, this not-so-hidden gem of a shop is a paradise for anyone who enjoys medieval paraphernalia (such as toys and full-blown costumes). It contains various curiosities, as well as a whole assortment of games - from board games to role plays and even drinking games.
For delicious regional specialties, stop by Le Boutik R and pick out a gift or souvenir from its impressive array of local items. From olives, oils and truffles to sweets (nougat and honey, to name a couple) to non-edible, yet memorable souvenirs - the tiny shop has it all, including regional wines.
This gourmet shop specializes on artisan local cheeses. Made from sheep's and cow's milk, creamy and of hard consistency, with wildflowers from the Alps or even Italian truffles - the variety of cheeses is truly impressive. Sells a variety of unique jams and marmalade.
Montpellier’s airport is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city centre. It is a 15 minute trip with the airport coach to the Place de l’Europe tram stop. The service is provided by Hérault Transport: +33 4 34 88 89 99 www.herault-transport.fr Other alternatives include taxis and rental cars - both available for hire at the airport.
Montpellier has an extensive network of buses and trains. Most pass through the main train station en route. The developed transportation system makes it easy for travelers to reach destinations withing the city and in the suburbs. Consult the website for schedules. The city is a rather compact one and many places may be reached simply by walking. Alternatively, visitors are welcome to use the city bike rental system VéloMagg, which has dozens of stations all throughout Montpellier.
The best places to find taxis quickly are at Place de la Comédie (next to Opera Comédie), and at the train station. Taxis are not often hailed from the side of the road. Taxi Bleu Du Midi +33 4 67 03 2000 +33 4 67 10 00 00 [email protected] Taxis Radio Artisans +33 4 67 58 10 10 Taxi Montpellier +33 6 58 10 50 10
If you need urgent medical care call the medical emergency number, 15. They can give you free medical advice and direct you to nearest doctor or hospital. Pharmacie de la Comédie 1 Rue de Verdun, Montpellier +33 4 67 58 54 94 Pharmacie Polygone Centre Commercial Polygone 71 Rue des Pertuisanes, Montpellier +33 4 67 65 13 66