Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department, situated about 10 km from the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea (visit Office de Tourisme de Montpellier). The city is the 8th largest by population and has been the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years. Montpellier is also near the Camargue, Western Europe’s largest river delta. The original name of the city was Monspessulanus, which stands for either the Mont Pelé, meaning the naked hill, describing the poor vegetation of the area in its early years or the le Mont de la Colline, which means the mount of the hill.
The most graceful central square, Comédie, is the perfect place to enjoy the warm sunshine during the day. It takes almost 50 minutes on a bike to ride to the sea from Montpellier.
Sightseeing & Museums
As it is a small city, Montpellier can be toured by walk quite easily. It is rich in its attractions and provides a variety of museums and other sites for tourists. The Place de la Comédie is the central square of the city with its opera house, Opera Comédie, built in the late 1800s. The historical centre of the city contains a number of ancient architecture from the Medieval Era and Rue du Bras de Fer (Iron Arm Street) is also a representation of those times.
Visitors having an interest in natural beauty should visit the Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier, which is France’s oldest botanical garden that has been established in the year 1593. There are a number of Hôtels in Montpellier, the architecture of which is a must-see.
The art museum, Musée Fabre, also deserves a visit during a stay at this charming city and Antigone District boasts many architectural projects from the neo-classical era. Along with all these sites, there are also several old churches that can be visited within the town.
On a day when the weather is fine, a walk along the streets will be welcome and if you love animals, visit the local zoo with its Amazon forest inside.
For further details on Montpellier please visit Office de Tourisme de Montpellier.