Montpellier Historical Centre: France’s largest pedestrian area
Walking through Montpellier's historical center is like travelling through 1,000 years in time, from 985 to the seeds of the city's future.The city of Montpellier has kept the reminders of its past intact and proudly protects the symbols of every era. Meander along the typical medieval streets of the south, winding your way from the central Place de la Comédie to the peaceful Place de la Canourgue.
Be sure not to miss these highlights:
- Place de la Comédie, surrounded by the Opéra Comédie (XVIIIth century)
- Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and the Tour des Pins
- Faculty of Medicine, Conservatory of Anatomy and the Botanical Garden
- Mikvé (XIIth century Jewish ritual bath)
- Follow the ancient path of the pilgrims (rue Jacques Cœur) ; admire these XVIIth and XVIIIth century private mansions façades and get into some of these courtyards which hide treasures of architecture.
- Fabre Museum (one of the most important french museums)
- Arc de Triomphe, Royal Peyrou Plaza and Saint-Clément Acqueduct
- Place de la Canourgue, Fontaine des Licornes, Hôtel de Sarret
- Couvent des Ursulines, Tour de la Babote
- Carré Sainte Anne and the musical instruments makers
- Esplanade Charles de Gaulle and the Corum – Opéra Berlioz
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Culture & design immersion in Montpellier
- Design Center
- Jean Nouvel
- La Panacée
- Festival des Architectures Vives
- Zaha Hadid
- Contemporary B&B’s…
A new City Hall designed by Jean Nouvel and François Fontès; tramways by Christian Lacroix and a new line proposed by Miss. Tic ; Georges Frêche High School by Massimiliano Fuksas; pierresvives by Zaha Hadid… People are increasingly aware that Montpellier has been embellished with numerous contemporary projects over the past several months.
As a contemporary and fashionable destination, Montpellier is pretty to look at, and even more so to experience first-hand. Criss-cross the city on designer tramways, discover contemporary art exhibitions in an ancient, desacralized church, visit the latest architectural creations, immerse yourself in culture, over and over again...
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Your gateway in the heart of the city
All the major brand names have come to Montpellier: jewellery, art galeries, ready-to-wear, designer boutiques… enjoy a wide range of world-class shops while discovering the city’s historical centre. Montpellier’s historical centre is also a refuge for boutiques with the charm of yesterday : antique shops, used clothing, discount shops, boutiques from another era, plus nearly a dozen art galleries. Shopping in the downtown "Écusson" district is gives you the delicious impression of being far away.
For savoury shopping, we recommand a stop at our local boutiques, with typical products such as grisettes of Montpellier, pavé Saint-Roch, orangettes, almond Croquants de Montpellier, as well as olive oils and Coteaux du Languedoc wines, Grès de Montpellier... Do not miss the fraguant local markets, particularly the must-see open market beneath the Arceaux acqueduct. A magical place to find great products on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Odyseum, between beach & backcountry
Odysseum is a vast area for leisure and pleasure activities with a typically Mediterranean ambiance. Located just off the A9 highway, outside the city centre, the mall is easily accessible for tour buses. It can alos be reached directly by tramway (15 mins) from the historical centre. Huge open-air shopping mall, Odysseum has nearly 100 stores and shops for you to discover. For your lunch breaks, Odysseum also offers a wide variety of theme-oriented restaurants.
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Montpellier's surroundings ideas
In the heart of the Languedoc vineyards
On the hillsides of the region, grapewine is cultivated since the Antiquity. AOC et countryside wines represent the main part of the production. Languedoc Roussillon region is the theatre of a wide vineyards diversity with, for each one, different soils, climates and grape varieties of which the diverse blends make out unique wines with a constantly growing quality.
Coteaux du Languedoc, Corbières, Limoux, Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Côte du Roussillon, Fitou, Costières de Nîmes... are part of the most famous designations. A dozen of designations imposed themselves : Grés de Montpellier, Pic Saint-Loup, Faugères, Saint-Chinian... As well as muscats de Frontignan, Mireval or Lunel.
At the gate to the Small Camargue
Region situated excactly between the two principal branches of the Rhône delta, Camargue offers an exceptionnal natural environment. Ponds, wetlands, bulls and horses livestocks, pink flamingos dominate the landscape. Montpellier Méditerranée Metropolis, situated at the gate to the small Camargue is the ideal departure point to discover a unique place of a natural beauty.
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