Montpellier is a beautiful city located in the South of France, on the Mediterranean Sea, which allows it to enjoy a mild climate all year round and about 300 days of sunshine per year. It is located in the Occitanie region and is the prefecture of the Hérault department. Montpellier is strategically located on a major communication axis joining Spain to the West and Italy to the East, which makes it the 7th most populated city in France and the 3rd most important city in the Mediterranean basin, after Marseille and Nice. This city welcomes more than 70,000 students every year, it is a dynamic and welcoming city that will seduce you.
Montpellier and its region are home to real natural and historical treasures to discover !
A little bit of history...
The year 986 marked the beginnings of Montpellier when the Count of Malgueil offered an agricultural estate to Guilhem as a reward for his dedication. This domain being located between Spain and Italy, near the salt road, the Via Domitia and the port of Lattes, quickly became an important crossroads of exchanges between peoples, and gradually grew in size. In the Middle Ages, the city experienced a new boom because it was on the road to Santiago de Compostela, so it was much visited and recognized. The pilgrims as well as the Jewish and Arab doctors, driven out of Spain, pass there and even settle there often.
It is thus at this time that the famous faculty of medicine of Montpellier develops. After recovering from the epidemics of the 14th century, the city became a major commercial crossroads thanks to Jacques Coeur. The 18th century marked the major architectural changes in the city with the creation of the Place de la Comédie, the bourgeois mansions, the Peyrou promenade and the Arc de Triomphe. Today, the city is a technology park of European dimension and has a European influence that tends to become international over the years.
Since the 1990s, Montpellier has experienced very strong economic and demographic growth: one of the largest in the country. Its urban area has doubled since the early 2000s, the largest phenomenon observed in France in those years. Its living environment, its cultural life and finally its Mediterranean climate explain in large part this craze for the beautiful Montpellier !
The must-sees of Montpellier
Montpellier is the art of living in the south of France, the gastronomy, the warm welcome of the southerners, the sun and the beach. There are plenty of things to see and do, all year round and for all ages.
- Stroll on the Place de la Comédie
Located in the heart of the city center, it is the main square of Montpellier. It is surrounded by the Opera de la Comédie to the west and the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle to the east. Lively and warm, this square is worth a visit.
- The sunsets & the Peyrou walk
This is the highest point of the city where you can finish your walk and observe a magnificent sunset on the hinterland and the streets of Montpellier.
- Visit an exhibition at La Panacée
This new contemporary art center offers a varied and interesting program for art lovers, to see Montpellier from another angle.
- Getting lost in the colorful alleys of the Ecusson
The Ecusson is the historical center of Montpellier where you can find a string of small, colorful and lively streets. No need for a lens to appreciate the Ecusson and its neighboring districts, a simple stroll is enough.
- Going to the markets
Montpellier offers different spaces dedicated to markets : fresh products, local products, flowers, flea markets...
- The garden of plants
It houses more than 3000 species of flowers, plants and trees of all kinds. It is one of the oldest plant gardens in France where you can relax with nature.
- Enjoy the sunny terraces
With the pleasant climate that Montpellier offers all year round, there is nothing better than to finish the week on a terrace, in the sun on one of the small squares of the city.
- Going to the beach
Montpellier is only a few kilometers from the beach, what a pleasure! Moreover, it is accessible by bike, by the cycle track or by tramway.
- Eating at the Marché & Halles du Lez
This place is the right balance between a flea market, an artists' residence and a restaurant. Perfect for tasting Occitan specialties or having a drink with friends.
- Discover the back country
Montpellier's hinterland is simply beautiful and offers many possibilities for walks in the middle of nature, just a few steps away from the city.
- Have a drink at the top of the white tree
The ultra modern bar of the white tree, in the Port Marianne district, will offer you an extraordinary panorama on the whole city, the sea and the Pic Saint-Loup !
Enjoy the discovery !
See you soon,
The Accent Français Team.