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Montpellier has become one of Europe’s newest holiday destinations. This is due to the combination of its proximity to the Mediterranean, its beautiful medieval city core and a vibrant nightlife (a quarter of its citizens are students). It is also a good destination for adventure seekers – the mountains of Cévennes are only an hour’s drive away.

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Montpellier Cathedral
1 rue Saint-Pierre, Montpellier

This Roman Catholic cathedral is a national monument of France and was originally a church founded in 1364 (it became a cathedral in 1536). This stunning building has beautiful stained glass, wonderful old religious paintings and an attached garden. This is an attraction well worth a visit.

Notre-Dame des Tables
43 Rue de l'Aiguillerie, Montpellier

The original church was destroyed during the religious wars of the 16th century, but it is still an exciting historical destination. The name comes from the tables of the currency exchange that was linked to the spice trade, originally located in front of the church.

La Maison De La Lozère
27 Rue de l'Aiguillerie, Montpellier

The city’s gourmet crowd has frequented La Maison de la Lozère on rue Aiguillerie year after year. The rustic cooking has its roots in the Lozère area, an upland and scarcely populated part of Languedoc. The sampling menu is recommended for those with a good appetite.

Ristorante Pizzeria Sicilia
20 rue pila St gely, 34000 Montpellier

It opened its doors in 1980 and is a cosy restaurant where you can eat pizza and homemade pasta - a true Italian restaurant. The friendly restaurant team serves food with tasty flavours and all made with fresh ingredients.

Rue de la Loge
Rue de la Loge, Montpellier

Rue de la Loge is the main shopping strip in Montpellier. The street starts at Place de la Comédie, and is a good starting point for city walks. There are many individual stores and boutiques lining the street on either side - from international High Street names to local independent shops.

Old Town
Old Town, Montpellier

There are many interior design, fashion and souvenir shops in the Old Town. Visit Zapa (on 18, Rue Foch) for their women’s fashions designed in-house, and go for the handmade notebooks at Trait (on 24, Rue de l’Aiguillerie). There are plenty of independent local and international chain stores to choose from.

Montpellier–Mediterranee Airport
Mauguio, France

Montpellier’s airport is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the city centre. It is a 15 minute trip with the airport coach to the Place de l’Europe tram stop. The service is provided by Hérault Transport: +33 4 34 88 89 99 Other alternatives include taxis and rental cars - both available for hire at the airport.

Public Transport

Montpellier has an extensive network of buses and trains. Most pass through the main train station en route. The developed transportation system makes it easy for travelers to reach destinations withing the city and in the suburbs. Consult the website for schedules. The city is a rather compact one and many places may be reached simply by walking. Alternatively, visitors are welcome to use the city bike rental system VéloMagg, which has dozens of stations all throughout Montpellier.

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