The south of France is well known throughout the world for its amazing holiday destinations but Montpellier outshines them all. Immortalised by the 17th-century philosopher John Locke, he wrote that it was better to visit Montpellier twice than to visit anywhere else in the world once. For those who visit, they know the words to be true.
Montpellier has a strong student population. The city emphasises the power of education and it has become a bastion for it for a long time. Nearly a quarter of the population is a student, and this has produced a lively and cultured atmosphere that envelops tourists.
There are many wonderful things to do and cultural attractions which will interest and fascinate tourists. A first stop should be at the Cathédrale St-Pierre, located off boulevard Henri-IV. The cathedral continues to amaze on-lookers with its inexplicably tall porch which was built in the 15th century. Opposite the cathedral is the city’s oldest botanical gardens, the Jardin des Plantes, which evokes a relaxing environment.
Art lovers will not be disappointed with the Atger Museum which is located in the Faculte de Medecine. There are many great paintings and other artworks but the collection is extremely proud of the some 500 paintings donated to the medical facility in the 19th century by Xavier Atger (1758-1833). What is simply amazing about this particular collection is that there are drawings belonging to every genre, so there is something for everyone no matter their preference.
A little southeast of the city the purpose-built La Grande Motte continues to draw visitors like a magnet. It was created in the 1960s to avert the attention of tourists heading for Spain and it did so successfully. It features some of the best beaches in the region along with some excellent water sports. Once finished with the beach, visitors can go horse-riding, play tennis at one of the many courts or take a trail around some stunning countryside.
For history lovers and those wanting a slower pace, both can be accomplished by visiting the Place Royale du Peyrou, Montpellier, France. It is serene tree lined esplanade in the very heart of the city and a popular tourist spot. On one end is the Château d'Eau and on the other the 15th century Arc de Triomphe. From the water tower visitors are amazed to discover Aqueduc de St-Clément (the 18th-century) where an organic and second hand book market is held every Sunday.
Education and tourism may be big on the menu but food is taken very seriously here. The restaurants in Montpellier feature some of the tastiest culinary delights in the region. Along with these wonderful dishes, the settings are designed to send you to food heaven.
Modern and stylish, or historical and charming? The hotels in Montpellier, no matter which style you prefer, feature the very best in luxuries and customer service. It all creates a relaxing and friendly atmosphere in which to start your holiday with.
With each visit to Montpellier, tourists are amazed by what the city has to offer. A tour around the city means discovering something new, something different and something utterly unique, making Montpellier a fantastic destination.