A population boom made Montpellier, formerly Monspessulanus, the eighth-largest city in France and the third-largest city along the Mediterranean coast behind Nice and Marseille. Students, attracted to the mild winters and hot, dry summers, make up one-third of the city's population. People-watch at Place de la Comédie, the city square, or get your culture fix at Musée Fabre, which the French Ministry of Culture classified as a Musée de France due to its extensive collection of paintings and sculptures.

    Nature lovers will enjoy Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier, a botanical garden featuring ferns, orchids, palm trees and medicinal plants.

    Where & what to eat in Montpellier

    • 10 Places Locals Love to Eat in Montpellier

      Montpellier has cultivated a certain way of life that's not complete without a fine dining experience. Like many of its Mediterranean neighbours, Good restaurants are not in short supply in this beautiful southern city. And given the talent of those who own and operate the city's restaurants, some may think that it's thanks to these culinary virtuosos that the city...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Montpellier

    • 10 Best Markets in Montpellier

      Montpellier is a fun shopping destination for travelers who are interested in tasting the local produce and experiencing what life is like as a local. You'll find stunning local food available throughout the marketplaces, but that's just the beginning of everything that's on offer. This coastal destination is home to a diverse array of items available in the area markets...

    Useful information

    • Montpellier Travel Essentials

      Our Montpellier Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Occitanie, France. No matter how often you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug...

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