Aqueduct at Montpellier
Loius XIV and the shady trees
Arc de Triomphe, Montpellier, France...
dynamic city close to the seaside, old city
Not many touristic sites (if you consider that a drawback:)
In a nutshell
Laid-back, fun, University town
Promenade du Peyrou
Situated at the North of the City it is where the aqueduct brought water into the town. Being French, it doesn't look like a water building at all, more a work of art. It's called teh Chateau d'Eau. The Promenade is a wide open space with some trees and benches where you can stroll and people watch...
Place de la Comedie
At the center of the Place is the Three Graces Fountain. To the north of it, the Place continues as the Esplanade and eventually becomes the Champs de Mars garden which leads to the 17C Citadel. Also in this direction but more to the east is the Polygone district. Near the center the streets to the...
Arc de Triumph
This triumphal arch was built in honour of Louis XIV in 1691 by Daviler upon the site of Western city side medieval gate. Medalions depict important events during the king's reign. On the city side, you see the Canal du Midi connecting the Ocean and the Mediterranean and the revocation of the Edict...
Antigone is an area built from scratch during the 80s, in neoclassical style. What I like the most is entering the Polygone shopping mall from Place de la Comédie et going out from the Antigone exit.
The impression is to be in a different city. Buildings are all built with the same youllowish...
Cafe du Theatre
I just love the cafes in Montpellier, particularly when you can just stop for a quick drink before dinner and see what's happening in the city. This handy one, right next to the Theatre, was ideal for a sit down and a regroup. Two small glasses of white wine, some...
Hotel du Parc - Montpellier
2 Reviews and 91 Opinions It is a wonderful hotel in walking distance from the inner city, just 3 streets around 2 corners...
Around Place de la Comedie
This pub is right on the edge of the Place de la Comedie. Perfect for people watching and even more perfect, from Hubby's point of view, they serve Chimay Bleu. Nectar for the Gods he says.
The slight snag is that they put the tram tracks right outside the door so your view is interrupted every few...
A delightful and resonably priced restaurant. We were cutting cost at this point 11 may 2010 as we had been in Montpellier for over a week. They did a really good formule at 13.50 each. We didn't have wine that night, resting the jolly old liver you know, so we paid 27...
La Diligence: La Diligence
The location and Ambience is fantastic. I have eaten at this restaurant many times in the past and it was heaven on the palate. I don't know what happened this time, the food was beautifully presented, you could not fault that, but the taste was, well, tasteless. The...
Montpellier is a Mediterranean city, which means that you can spend your evening (from aperitif till the morning comes) in the streets. Every bar, pub and restaurant has some tables just outside the door, and in the end you don't even know in which bar you're having a...
Cafe Joseph: The best bar in the world
This is by far my favorite bar in the entire world!There is a huge area in front of the bar full of chairs and tables and tents where you can sit at day or night and watch people and have a drink. In the colder months there are heaters and in the warmer months there are...
Cycling aournd Montpellier
This is a scheme allowing you to hire a bike to get around Montpellier, get some excercise and keep the pollution down. The picture gives you all the details you need to know as well as the prices by the hour or daily.As you know, cycling is extremely popular in France...
Go by train
There are fast (TGV) direct train services to Montpellier from all over France and beyond (including Belgium, Switzerland and Italy). It takes just 7 hours from London with one change at Lille, which is how we did it (about GBP 100 one-way, first class).Trains from Lille...
Small shops in the city center
If you like shopping, you cannot miss the small tiny shops in the streets of old Montpellier. Big chains have still not opened here and there are a lot of small stores selling wonderful gifts and second-hand clothing. You cannot miss them!
Le Polygone: Shopping in the city centre
Le Polygone is the only shopping mall in old Montpellier. It's a good place to have lunch and to relax while touring around the city center, Le Polygone also includes Galérie Lafayette, a large department store very popular in France.Other shopping malls can be found outside...
Watch out for pickpockets!I got my wallet stolen out of my purse in the middle of Monoprix while I was shopping for groceries.
Make sure that you always have copies of all your important documents in another location. Always know exactly what's in your purse and wallet....
Don't give the homeless people money! There are a ton of teenagers and young adults who sit on the street with their dogs and harass you for money. Don't feel obligated or harassed into giving them any. If someone starts harassing you just keep walking and ignore them,...
This was a real find! The kind of pub I would have adored to have been part of back in the 60's. I will quote directly from the brochure if I may:The Rebuffy pub is your international meeting place for cultural exchanges, always within a festive and relaxed atmosphere,...
The town of Sete, near Montpellier, is well worth a visit. We spent most of an afternoon here wandering round and getting lost looking for the beach. The beach was about 10-15 minutes walk outside the town and by the time we got back we were too tired to do any more...
Walking the streets of Montpellier
I would reccommend that you just walk around the city taking photographs. It does not have to be an expensive city (although it can be) and there is plenty to see and do for free. Parks to sit and trees over the benches to keep you cool, dogs to talk to, people to watch and...
Current info in English
Montpellier has 80,000 students and is the location of many conferences.It is worthwhile checking the conference sites, as they give good info in English. The International European Conference on Computing and Philosophy (ECAP) 2008 takes place in June. No idea whazt it is...
Explore Deeper into Montpellier
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