Montpellier, the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, looks back on a long tradition of students life and has today one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Europe. More than 80,000 students study here, over a quarter of its population. Montpellier is by far the youngest city in terms of average age in France. Almost half the population is under 30 years old. You will feel this in everyday life – Montpellier is young, dynamic, creative and great fun.
You feel this student atmosphere when walking through the beautiful, warm colored historic center. Stroll the narrow, picturesque alleys, enjoy sitting out on the terrace under the plane trees in one of the countless cafés, enjoy an espresso or a glass of wine and discuss with local students. Benefit from the many animated bars and discover the dynamic nightlife of Montpellier, the city that never sleeps.
Admire the many attractions of the historic center, the impressive private mansion houses and the beautiful parks. Thanks to its countless art treasures and exhibitions Montpellier was given the official title of a “Ville d’Art”. Many street musicians and artists contribute to the cultural vibrancy as the various, festivals, exhibitions and events known even outside France. Feel the warm, Mediterranean atmosphere, which is reflected in everyday life – you will enjoy your stay with every breath.
Visit Montpellier’s major contemporary sites designed by leading contemporary architects such as Jean Novel, Ricardo Bofill or Philip Starck, – visit the Olympic swimming pool, the multimedia library Emile Zola and the open-air shopping center Odysséum. Stroll through the neoclassical building District Antigone and enjoy a drink overlooking the modern Arc de Triomphe.
Montpellier opens like an amphitheater towards the Mediterranean sea with its endless beaches of fine sand. On the way to the beach you will pass the “Etangs” (salt lagoons) and admire the huge colonies of gorgious wild pink flamingos.
The excellent location between Provence, Cévennes mountains, the Camargue and the Pyrenees offers you countless possibilities for excursions. The landscapes around Montpellier are fascinating, marked by harsh beauty, with many gorges, creeks and picturesque villages. Take advantage of our excursion program and admire some UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Avignon, Carcassonne, Nimes and Pont du Gard.
Wine is grown everywhere, enjoy some of the famous wines of the region. Visit the wineyards and the local markets that seduce you with scents of lavender and rosemary. Taste delicious local products, while enjoying the easy lifestyle under the sun of southern France.
You will enjoy our climate, pleasant and mild throughout the year – the sun shines more than 300 days. Summer lasts well into October and even in winter you can still enjoy a delicious lunch outside on a restaurant’s terrace.
No matter how old you are or where you come from, you will fall for Montpellier and its surrounding area, there is so much to see and explore !
Let yourself be enchanted by the warm atmosphere of Montpellier and you will live an experience of your life time.