Learn French in South of France and discover the wonderful Languedoc region as well as French culture during your French language immersion program in Montpellier. This is the reason our French school in Montpellier offers a program with very varied cultural activities and excursions to make your French language stay complete and enriching.
To start up this cultural activity, your trip will start in the North of Montpellier where you will be able to admire all the magnificent vineyards from our private coach on your way to your destination, as they go by, as well the Garrigue (scrubland) and the mountains that are typical of the Languedoc region. When you enter the Gorges in the Hérault, you will go past the famous “Pont du Diable” (Devil’s bridge), considered as one of the oldest medieval bridges in France. You will be able to spot many swimmers and canoes in summer months and make a quick stop here to make the most of the extraordinary view over the valley of the Hérault. This is wonderful place to relax during your French language stay in Montpellier.
During your French language immersion program in Montpellier discover one of the most beautiful villages in France, Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, as well as the breathtaking cave of Grotte de Clamouse.
Once you have arrived in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the most beautiful villages in France, a spiritual step on the way to Saint-Jaques de Compostelle, you will wander through the tiny village streets and make the most of the riches of a remarkable cultural heritage. Starting from the medieval square, where you will get to admire a magnificent centenary tree. You will follow the footsteps of St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrams by visiting the “Gellon” Abbey, classed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site “Joyau du premier art roman languedocien” (jewel from the first Roman art in the Languedoc region). You will really enjoy walking around the 11th Century cloister and particularly appreciate the peace and quiet.
In your free time, you can go for a walk on the “Cirque du bout du monde” (a pathway perched on sharp clifftops) or simply stroll down the high street with its many crafts shops. Here there are many Craftsmen and creators from the Hérault Valley who open their doors to show you their expertise: potters, iron sculptors, cardboard furniture makers, jewellery designers, art galleries, natural perfume and objects for children. You can find nice souvenirs here to bring back from you French language stay in Montpellier.
After lunch, you will head off to the Clamouse Grotto. You will be able to explore this wonderful underground world, which was only discovered in 1945 and just 15 minutes away from St-Guilhem-le-Désert! It was left unexplored for millions of years giving water time to slowly etch out its masterpiece. You will explore a range of galleries during your visit through the Grotto where you will be plunged into a fairy-like universe; the beauty and variety of geographical features will leave you speechless. This is one of the highlights of your French immersion stay at our language school in Montpellier. You will finish your visit in a spectacular way in the “Great Cathedral of time” room; here is found a show with lights and sound effects to enhance the beauty of the Grotto.
Study French in Montpellier and you will get the chance to soak up French culture and all the dimensions of the French language; your residential French course will be well worth it! This excursion will be nice and relaxing, you will get the chance to speak French outside of the classroom with students from all over the world whilst enjoying all the beautiful wonders of the region of Montpellier.