Montpellier: a paradise in the south of France
Situated 10 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, about 50 Nîmes and about 70 Béziers, Montpellier is the seventh most populated city in France. It is part of the Occitania region and the Hérault department of which it is the prefecture. Montpellier benefits from major communication routes that allow it to quickly reach Italy and Spain. The city is crossed by five rivers: the Lironde, the Lez, the Verdanson, the Rieu Coulon and the Mosson which surround Montpellier to the south and west. By its shield shape, its historic centre is called the 'Escutcheon'.
Montpellier has many buildings dating from medieval times. The latter seduce all the people who stop in this magnificent city. Montpellier offers varied landscapes, breathtaking views of the mountains and vineyards, exceptional gastronomy and sun-drenched wines. There is so much to visit in this beautiful agglomeration that it is recommended to stop for a few days in a charming hotel in Montpellier or to rent a villa around Montpellier.
Montpellier and its magnificent heritage
106 buildings are listed or classified as 'Historic Monuments' in the city of Montpellier. When you leave your luxury hotel in Montpellier or your villa rental near Montpellier, you will discover the Place de la Comédie. Dating from 1755, it was completely renovated in 1881 after a fire. The square offers a vast pedestrian area, one of the largest in Europe. The opera Comédie dominates the square with in the center,'a statue-fountain: the 3 graces' designed in 1773.
You will be amazed at the Arceaux aqueduct bearing the name Saint Clément. It is one of the most beautiful monuments of Montpellier. It was built to bring drinking water (25 litres of water per second) from Saint-Clément-de-Rivière to the inhabitants of Montpellier.
Built at the end of the XVIIth century, the gate of Beirut, also called the 'Arc de Triomphe de Montpellier' opens on the royal square of Beirut from where one discovers the water castle and the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. Overlooking the city from 50 meters, this esplanade offers a breathtaking view of the west and north of the city. In the background, you can see magnificent views of the Cévennes, including the Pic-Saint-Loup.
Finally, you will be seduced by the medieval alleys where shopping is a must.
Gastronomy and charming hotel in Montpellier
By stopping in a luxury hotel in Montpellier or by renting a villa around Montpellier, you will be able to continue your stay by visiting the Cathedral of Saint Pierre where you will stop in front of the porch and the remains of the cloister of the monastery. Numerous cultural sites are to be discovered including the Fabre Museum, the popular pavilion dedicated to photography... Don't forget to eat in a restaurant that sublimates the region's products.