Once of the most picturesque cities in the South of France, Montpellier offers tourists the chance to discover a heady combination of food, wine and historic sights. Head to I’Ecusson, the city’s old town, and join the locals for a croissant, café au lait and spot of people watching from a café terrace. Then, wander the medieval streets from Place de la Comédie to Place de la Canourgue, stopping to soak in historic Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, medieval mikve (ritual Jewish bath), le Jardin des Plantes (botantical gardens) and opulent private mansions along the way. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Fabre Museum, with thousands of works dating as early as the 14th century. If all that sightseeing has worked up an appetite, you’re in for a treat. Make your way back to I’Ecusson, where its attractive squares and narrow back streets offer a plethora of bistros at which to sample traditional Languedoc-Roussillon cuisine. If you choose self-catering Montpellier accommodation, you can also take advantage of the exceptional les halles Castellane food market. Here, shop amongst the Montpellier locals and stock up on gorgeous fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, charcuterie, cheese and bread.
When to go to Montpellier
With a Mediterranean climate, a holiday in Montpellier is lovely at any time of year. Hospitable in all seasons, tourists can expect warm spring, summer and autumn weather, and mild winters. If you can, time your trip for June and July, when the Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier Dance and Radio France festivals electrify the city. October is also great, when you can catch a screening at the Mediterranean Cinema Festival, while December brings Christmas markets, ice rinks and the sweet smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine.
Getting to and around Montpellier
Most tourists arrive in Montpellier via flights to Montpellier Méditerranée Airport, or TGV trains from Paris, Lille, Lyon, Valance and Nice, arriving at Montpellier St. Roch train station. Once in Montpellier, the city is easily explored on foot or via the comprehensive public transport system.
Where to stay in Montpellier
When choosing Montpellier accommodation, apartments and villas are a far superior alternative to expensive hotels. HouseTrip offers a range of quality self catering Montpellier villas and apartments, providing space, freedom and privacy at an affordable price. You can book your accommodation in Montpellier with HouseTrip in as few as six clicks. It’s easy!