Montpellier, capital of Languedoc-Rousillon, this charming city has many attractions
and historical sights
, with narrow winding streets to explore. There are 17th-18th century mansions or hôtels with hidden courtyards. On the rue de l’ Aiguilleme you will see some of the shops have 14th-15th vaulted roofs. Montpellier is approximately 5 miles from the Mediterranean Sea and makes a good choice for a short stay or longer holiday break.
As you wander through the streets which are nearly all pedestrianized and around Place de la Comédie you will find plenty of boutiques with designer labels, there is a large modern shopping centre Le Polygone also, sufficient here for those interested in shopping on their holidays. You may want to take a break and enjoy a snack or lunch at the self-service restaurant at Le Polygone. If you are interested in antiques, along the coast to Béziers you will find many antique stores where you will probably find something to suit you. Most of the main shops open Monday to Saturday and are closed on Sundays.
On place Pétrarque is the Hôtel de Varenne which houses the Musée de l’Histoire de Montpellier which tells the history of the city. You may want to find a relaxing and peaceful refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the busy centre we suggest a visit to the Jardin des Plantes, this garden was founded in 1593 and has several trees that date back to when the garden was created. With avenues of exotic species, rock gardens an Orangery to name a few of the attractions you can see and enjoy.
There are a number of restaurants serving varied menus and to suit all budgets, you might like to relax and enjoy some time at one of the many pavement cafés and open air eateries that line the squares and side streets of the Old Town.
The city’s Tourist Office has various tours on offer which you may find beneficial particularly if you are visiting for a short break
only. One of interest explores the oldest parts of Montpellier and takes in a visit to the Mikvé, a Jewish ritual bath which was built in X111th century and is one of the best preserved in Europe. The Jewish Community played an important part in the development of Montpellier.
You may like to visit other museums the Musée de la Pharmacie and the Musée d´ Anatomic – not for everyone this one but may be of interest to some.
If you are on holiday with children a visit to the Parc Zoologique de Lunart which is a short distance away might well suit you, a large wild animal reserve with 100 different species including camels, zebras and cheetahs. You can explore the 9km of pathways; it makes a good day out.
There are other attractions to enjoy including perhaps a boat trip on the meandering River Lez. There is a choice of hotel accommodation depending on what you require and several campsites around Montpellier. The Tourist Office can supply all the necessary up to date details.