Best things to do in Montpellier
Find out more about those top places in Montpellier
Montpellier often gets lumped in with the more glamorous resort cities of France’s Cote d’Azur but the capital city of the fiercely autonomous Languedoc region has a character all of its own. While the Montpellier is one of France’s most graceful cities, it is also an unapologetically vibrant place with one of the country’s most diverse populations, mostly owing to the resettlement of French Algerians in the city during the 1960s, and buzzing student nightlife. The city is dominated by the 15th century gothic cathedral, which was built to replace the original cathedral that was destroyed during the Albigensian Crusade against heresy. Beyond the history, Montpellier is also one of France’s most sun-kissed cities with an average 300 days of sunshine per year, which makes a day trip to the nearby white sand beaches irresistible.
This Roman Catholic church is very close to the hearts of the residents of Montpellier especially the Christian. The Montpellier cathedral serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Montpellier and is held in high regard as a national monument.
Located in Montpellier in South of France, the Fabre Museum serves as the capital of the Hérault département. Since its establishment in 1825 by a Montpellier painter who went by the name François-Xavier Fabre, the Fabre Museum has become somewhat of a shrine for both ancient and modern art.
The Porte du Peyrou has its home in the Eastern end of the Jardin de Peyrou which is a park very close to the center of Montpellier. The Porte du Peyrou is a triumphal arc and is one of the most frequented sites in Montpellier.
The Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier can be found at Boulevard Henri IV, Montpellier and does not require any fee for granting access. This arboretum and historic botanical garden opens every afternoon except on Mondays. It is exclusively taken care of by the Université Montpellier.
The sights that the contemporary aquarium has to offer are the type that would leave you awestruck. Planet Ocean World boasts of high-tech exhibits such as 3D ocean simulator rides that are educational yet entertaining and relaxing.