Go to the mainsquare 'Place la...
Go to the mainsquare 'Place la Comedie' of this city. Here you will find the beauty of this city that lays in the south of France near the 'Cote Azur'. Sitting at the statue on the shiny square in the heart of Montpellier.
Situated alongside the ancient way crossing the plateau from north to south and thus linking Orient and Occident starting from the ports on the Mediterranean coast, La Cavalerie main activities lies on the cultivated land of the ''Templar plain''.
The Hospitalier village still exists and you will discover a fortified enceinte with its imposing door, XVth century houses and XVIIth century hotels. In the astonishing XVIIIth century church, whose interior resembles that of a vaulted sheepfold, the remains of the Templars' church have been preciously preserved.
Esplanade Charles de Gaulle
Located near the Place de la Comedie, the Espanade Charles de Gaulle is a nice place to take a stroll. This area was particularly nice in the evenings. There was a small carrousel in the middle of the park, young couples sitting drinking wine and gazing at the sunset (that was probably us!)
Montpellier and surroundings
Montpellier is not among the oldest cities of Languedoc as before year 1000, there was nothing but it soon took a great importance. It was a stage on the way to several pilgrimages and the harbor of Lattes was important for Mediterranean trade. The first University in France was created in Montpellier on the model of the arabo-andalous medersa and became soon famous worldwide (= at that time, that meant Europe wide !). In the XVIth century, 65% of the students were coming from other European countries and not French. It is now the oldest university in the world still working since its creation.
Montpellier has much to offer to the tourist, with a superbly preserved old core, while at the same time it is a very modern town.
However, I will not build now a page on Montpellier as I have too few pictures. Later, certainely ! In this page, I will present half a dozen of destinations that can be reached on day trips (easy if driving, more difficult by public transportation) from Montpellier, with links to the specific pages.
Anduze is sometimes called ''door to the Cévennes''.
One visit not to miss is the Bambouseraie de Prafrance.
Saint-Guilhem, has been for centuries a main stage for pilgrims on Saint-Jacques de Compostelle's road.
After Gellone, the abbey in the sun, you must visit the Clamouse cave, the cathedral in the night. Clamouse cave is a must.
In La Cavalerie, the Hospitalier village still exists with its fortified enceinte of the XVth century.
Due to its outstanding state of preservation, La Couvertoirade represents a real ''miniatures'' mediaeval village and the visitor will always be surprised, whatever his expectations, by these architectural and urban treasures found within.
Parc National des Cévennes
The Cévennes were and still are the stronghold of the ''Camisards'', local Calvinist Protestants who refused to abjure their faith after the revocation of the ''Edit de Nantes'' by the king of France. Landmarks recall that history.
Millau has given its name to the famous ''Viaduc de Millau'' (Millau's viaduct) finished in May 28th 2004. In the old city, the weekly city market plays a main part in the city life.
Montpellier le Vieux
25 km away from Millau, Montpellier-le-Vieux is a ''mega lapiaz'', dolomitic rocks carved by water and wind to make the figure of a ruined city.
Nant is a nice and quiet little town, not far from the ''chaos'' of Montpellier le Vieux, of Roquefort, of Millau, la Cavalerie, etc... It is a good stop for an evening and night.
Only cheese that has been matured in a well defined area, about 1500m long and 400m wide can bear the name of Roquefort. You can visit the caves and see the cheese maturing.
Place de la Comedie
- main square, named for the L’Opera Comedie located there since 1755, rebuilt 1788 & 1888
Fontaine des trois Graces
- fountain of the three Graces representing beauty, charm & joy
"Tour des Pins"
- one of the two remaining of the original twenty-five towers of the city’s medieval wall
"Gare de Montpellier Saint Roch"
architect: Charles Didion (1803-1882)