Visit Montpellier

Montpellier, midway between Spain and Italy, just seven kilometres from the Mediterranean, is one of the cities that's most loved by the French. With its narrow streets and sunny little squares, its international festivals and student festivities, Montpellier offers an exceptional quality of life. You will soon see why when you get here!

Not to be missed in Montpellier

  • The Fabre museum
  • The historic centre, its medieval streets and its private mansions
  • Place de la Comédie
  • The Faculty of Medecine, the western world’s oldest med school that is still active today
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Private mansions in the city centre, and the 18th century architecture
  • The Mikve, ritual Jewish bath
  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral
  • The Antigone district designed by Ricardo Bofill and the banks of the river Lez
  • The Arc de Triomphe
  • The zoological Park and the new Amazonian greenhouse
  • The Odysseum leisure centre, the Galilée planetarium, and the new Mare Nostrum aquarium

Experience Montpellier with the Montpellier City Card

To make the most of your stay get theMontpellier City Card (External link)
3 options available: 24, 48 or 72 hours
Includes free admission and discounts at many cultural and tourist sites, as well as a public transport card for travel in Montpellier and its suburbs
The Montpellier City Card is on sale all year round at the tourist office on Place de la Comédie

Festive Montpellier

  • The Fabre Museum is a unique and magical place, where you can see top fine arts exhibits
  • International Montpellier Dance Festival: Since it was created in 1981, Montpellier Danse has been a special occasion to bring the world’s top choreographers together. This annual festival fills the city with an intense rhythm of three to ten shows per day over nearly 10 days.
  • Radio France and Montpellier Festival: Every summer in July, Montpellier opens its closed doors and gardens to over a hundred concerts, ranging from operas, symphonic concerts and chamber music to recitals by young virtuosos and jazz musicians. Numerous events take place every day. Whether in the air-conditioned hall of the Corum or in the courtyards and gardens of the city’s historic monuments, the public is invited to enjoy music throughout the entire city. And throughout the rest of the year, a rich cultural season fills the city with even more festivals.

Getting there

High-speed train: 3 hrs 15 mins from Paris
Airport: Montpellier Méditerranée, 8 km from the historic town centre
Motorways: A9, A 75 (750 km from Paris, 345 km from Barcelona)


Montpellier Tourist Office
Place de la Comédie
34000 Montpellier
Tel: 33 (0)4 67 60 60 60
Fax: 33 (0)4 67 60 60 61