Montpellier in the Languedoc
Take a stroll in Montpellier
It may be a nightmare for drivers, but Montpellier is perfect for pedestrians who can wander about the old town, its most interesting quarter, without worrying about traffic. Stroll through the medieval streets enjoying the beautiful townhouses, lively squares, churches and abundant museums.
For a change of scene, take a walk through the old town
Head for the liveliest of all the squares, the Place de la Comédie, to admire the Trois Grâces fountain and the Opéra-Comédie, built by the architect Garnier. Next head for the Place Saint-Roch and its 19th century church before taking a stroll through the district of Sainte-Anne. Its neo-Gothic church today houses contemporary art exhibitions. (Église Sainte-Anne, open Tues to Sun. 13:00PM to 18:00PM, entry free)
Relax in the Jardin du Peyrou
Built in honour of the Sun King, the Arc de Triomphe overlooks the Jardin du Peyrou, a pleasant place for a walk with views over the surrounding area. For lunch, head to the peaceful Place de Candolle and enjoy a delicious salad on the terrace of Roule Ma Poule. On the way, don't miss Saint-Pierre Cathedral, built in the style of a medieval fortress.
(Roule Ma Poule, 20, rue Candolle)
From Place de la Canourgue to the Musée Fabre
The pretty square with its Licornes fountain has a number of townhouses such as the 17th century Hôtel Richer de Belleval. From there, head to the Musée Fabre where contemporary spaces sit comfortably alongside ancient buildings. The museum houses paintings spanning a vast range of styles and eras, from Rubens to Soulages. After your visit, there's a treat in store for the sweet-toothed with a copious ice-cream on the esplanade. (Jardin des Glaces, 25, bd Sarrail)
A deep sea adventure for all the family
Head to the Mare Nostrum Aquarium! With over 300 species from all over the the world, the aquarium takes you on a fabulous informative journey of discovery about oceans of the world. Depending on the attractions on offer, you may be able to watch sharks being fed or penguins being trained ... Besides there are delicious, sweet and savoury snacks available at the bar restaurant.
(Aquarium Mare Nostrum, allée Ulysse, Odysseum)
Tip: Theatre and cinema lovers won't want to miss the Printemps des Comédiens theatre festival in June or the Festival du Cinéma Méditerranéen in October: come and see the city in another light!