Montpellier

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Montpellier

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

Ibis budget Montpellier Millènaire
Ibis budget Montpellier Millènaire
25 Rue des Frères Lumière, Montpellier, Hérault
The price is AU$87 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Millenaire, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Esplanade de l'Europe and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Comedy Square. Chateau de Flaugergues and Vegapolis ...
3.6/5Good! (17 reviews)
"petit déjeuner"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Ibis budget Montpellier Millènaire
Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie
Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie
4 out of 5
The price is AU$172 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier and Comedy Square. Montpellier Zoo is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Comedie ...
4.2/5Excellent! (551 reviews)
"Check in was easy. Frederique in Front Desk was very helpful and friendly and speak fluent English which is very helpful since we don’t speak French. Michael who was also in Front Deak help us with dinner reservations and also very friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
4 out of 5
11 rue Pagezy, Montpellier
The price is AU$173 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Babotte's Tower and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Montpellier Zoo. Comedy Square and Opera National ...
4.3/5Excellent! (154 reviews)
"The hotel staff was very kind and welcoming. The only caveat was that the parking entrance which is located on the right side of the hotel entrance, was not obvious and we had trouble finding it. Montpellier is one of my favorite town but driving down town is a challenge."

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2021

Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
Appart'City Confort Montpellier Gare Saint Roch
3 out of 5
29-31 Boulevard Berthelot, Montpellier, Herault
The price is AU$103 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Located in Croix-d'Argent, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kawa Theatre and Comedy Square. Stade Sabathe and Babotte's Tower are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (151 reviews)
Au top
"Rapport qualité/prix au top. Très bien situé pour Montpellier et les plages. Accueil très chaleureux avec plein de bons conseils. Le parking est pratique."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

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
The price is AU$120 per night from 15 Oct. to 15 Oct.
Located in Historic Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Polygone Shopping Center and Fabre Museum. La Promenade du Peyrou and Botanical Garden ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (150 reviews)
"Very convenient location. Beautiful building."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre St Roch
Appart'hotel Goelia Sun City
Appart'hotel Goelia Sun City
3 out of 5
70 avenue du Pont Juvenal, Montpellier
The price is AU$113 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Montpellier City-Centre, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Esplanade de l'Europe and Comedy Square. Montpellier Zoo is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. ...
3.7/5Good! (42 reviews)
"Good: Great front desk, very helpful, room is neat and tidy, bed is comfy enough, they also kind enough to provide a small bed for my 3 months old son. The residence (please note this is not a hotel so the front desk only opens at certain time - not a problem for us) is located is a great area, easily ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Appart'hotel Goelia Sun City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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