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Montpellier

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    Opera Comedie. Three Graces Fountain

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    Arc de Triomphe

About Montpellier:

Montpellier is a cultural, scientific and artistic crossroads with an incomparable heritage. L’Ecusson, with its Place de la Comedie, dominated by the opera house, stretches all the way to the new Antigone quarter designed by Ricardo Bofill. The narrow streets, lines by many 17th and 18th century mansions, lead to St Peter’s cathedral, the western world’s oldest medical schoo, the Place Royale du Peyrou and the botanical gardens created during the reign of Henry IV.

Called the Jewel of the South, there’s something for everyone in buzzing Montpellier. While away the hours at the grand pedestrianized Place de la Comedie – the beating heart of the city. Shop till you drop in the markets of the Esplanade.

Soak up the atmosphere in the quiet, shady streets of the old town. Step back in time at the 14th century Cathedral of Saint Pierre. Or head out of town to the golden beaches along the coast of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

What to do in Montpellier:

Place de la Comédie:

This grand square is the beating heart of Montpellier. Overlooked by cafes, restaurants and the Opera Comedie – at its centre flows the stunning Three Graces Fountain.

Information office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 (all major languages)

 

The Botanical Gardens:

Created in 1593 by Henry IV, these are the oldest botanical gardens in France. Come along to explore tropical greenhouses, a Victorian Orangery and a lovely landscaped park.

Information office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 (all major languages)

Cathedral of Saint-Pierre:

This distinctive 14th century cathedral is a National Monument of France. Badly damaged during the religious wars of the 16th century, it was repaired in the 17th

Information office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 (all major languages)

 

Porte du Peyrou:

Gateway to the Jardin de Peyrou, a peaceful city park, this magnificent arch was completed in 1693. It features inscriptions depicting four key events from the reign of King Louis XIV.

Information office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 (all major languages)

 

Aqueduct Saint-Clément:

This impressive Roman-style aqueduct dates back to the 17th century. Take a walk in the shade below the arches to watch locals play games of French-favourite petanque. A farmers’ market is also held here twice a week.

Information office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 (all major languages)